Hiking the East Side

Top of the Great White Throne

Many drive through the Zion's East Side, but few stop to visit its quiet canyons and awesome slickrock contours. Those who do spend time here, however, discover a landscape filled with grandeur: deep, serene canyons, high forested plateaus, roving herds of bighorn sheep, and views that reach miles and miles away. Though the East Side offers few trails (only 2, though the East Rim features three great spur routes), most of the terrain along State Route 9 is easily explored without trails; you can simply choose an intriguing side-canyon and follow it as far as you care to. Away from the business of the main canyon, the East Side is a fine place to find freedom, quiet, and a sense of great adventure.


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