Sand Bench Trail

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Classic views of monolithic rocks as seen from the canyon floor; not as crowded as other trails

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Zion National Park, UT

NileGuide Expert tip:

Go early morning or in the evening to avoid horseback riders, or visit in the winter


A short loop trail that wanders beneath the shadow of the Patriarchs Jacob and Isaac, this one is great for families and those wishing to escape the clamoring millions who visit Zion every year. Note that this is the trail Canyon Rides takes horseback riders along, which might be a fun alternative way to see it. But if you'd rather avoid horses and their ensuing dust and droppings, hit this trail prior to 7am or post 5pm March-October. To miss the horses altogether, hike it November-February. With 500 feet of elevation gain throughout, it's not exactly completely flat, but you won't really notice. Because it's lower and flatter, this trail tends to mud rather than ice in the winter, making it a good one to travel then. Not that many people use this trail aside from the horseback riders, making it a nice choice for a less crowded stroll almost any time of year.

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