Coalpits Wash

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Zion National Park, UT

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Winter is the time of year for this trail. You'll roast in the summer


It's long, it's exposed, it's not hiked much. But it's a great winter hike if that's your fancy. Views are still stunning, sometimes even more so when red rocks are blanketed by white snow. If you attempt this as a winter dayhike, start at first light if you want to make it back before dark. camping is permissible, and water is available. (There's even a Coalpits Spring.) The trailhead is outside the park, about seven miles past the southern Springdale entrance. Although it attracts a few more people in the winter, this is still a wonderful choice for a hike filled with solitude in one of the nation's more-visited national parks.

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