It doesn’t take long to be completely moved by Zion’s natural beauty, and The Court of the Patriarchs is a just a few minutes up the canyon’s scenic road. At this roadside pullout (and 4th shuttle stop), three multi-hued pillars of sandstone erupt from the valley floor, and create an iconic symbol of Zion that encapsulates the rugged beauty. Named after the biblical figures Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the formation is a favorite with photographers, climbers, and early-morning visitors. Just after dawn, when the sun is first rising, the towers are bathed in morning light and cast a red, radiant hue. The best viewpoint for admiring the spires is up a short trail from the roadside shuttle stop that leads above the trees. Other peaks, such as the red Mount Moroni, also spring from the landscape, and there is even a chance you could see climbers scaling on Isaac’s vertical walls. Stopping to view the Court of the Patriarchs doesn’t require much time, but it’s an accessible vantage point for capturing the beauty of the awe-inspiring park.
The trail leading to the best viewpoint is about .1 miles from the road. The walk is short, but a little bit steep, and there is signage giving the history of the peaks and explains the surrounding view. Since the best time to visit is in the early morning, it’s a good place to stop on your way up the canyon rather than on your way down.