Weeping Rock Trail
Zion National Park
Weeping Rock trail is an easy hike in Zion National Park. For those who don't like to walk but want to say they went on a "hike", this is the trail for you. The path is mostly paved or hard packed sandstone. There are some stairs and some incline, but the destination is only 15 minutes away, so you won't be too tired.
To get there, drive or take the shuttle bus northbound along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Park or disembark at "Weeping Rock" parking area (see map).
Photo: Sign indicating start of trail. Note shuttle stop on the right of photo.
Cross the footbridge and check out the map. The Weeping Rock Trail is on your left. The right trail will take you to Hidden Canyon (3 hours hike) or Observations Point (6 hour hike). These latter two trails are difficult so don't go there unless you are prepared for the trek.
Instead, keep to the left trail which leads slightly uphill. Within minutes you will pass a second, less sturdy foot bridge. Keep following the trail which is either paved or packed sandstone.
Photos: Cross a sturdy footbridge, turn left, cross a second, less sturdy, foot bridge.
Along the trail, you will find numerous information plaques. Most of the plaques along the trail are about the fauna: the trees, plants, flower, lichen, and moss. Near the end of the trail, the plaques will be about the geology.
As you approach the end of the trail, you will ascend a set of stairs. Be careful here since it is almost always wet and slippery.
At the end of the trail, you will find a cave-like indentation in the rock face. This almost looks like some one took an ice cream scoop and raked out a hollow in the cliff. Vertical stripes and drizzling water decorate the rock face.
This part of the cliff is made of shale and sandstone. The sandstone is relatively porous and allows water to trickle through; however, shale is impermeably. Once the water hits shale, it is diverted sideways until it finds another section of sandstone. The result: water percolates out the sandstone portions of the rock face forming striations.
Weeping Rock is not a sad place, in fact, it is a lively place. Some call it a vertical oasis because the rain and snow-melt nourishes plant life. You can see this by the ferns which cling onto the otherwise barren rock. This photo looks like the bark of a tree truck but it is not: it is a close-up of the rock face. Note the bottom right of the photo which has a railing from the staircase.
It's a pretty good view from inside the hollow. There is a retaining wall so you won't fall off and there are blocks on the ground which you can stand upon to get a better view.
The view looking out from Weeping Rock.
It's a short and sweet hike: approximately half a mile round trip. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the top and even quicker to descend. Before you leave, you can check for fish in the creek. Near the first foot bridge, follow the secret stairway down to the creek (white arrow points to stairs).
The fish are well hidden thanks to their camouflage color and the foam bubbles.
More Zion National Park links:
• Visitors Center
• Zion Mountain Carmel Tunnel (drive through)
• Weeping Rock trail (easy, 15 minute)
• Zion Riverside Walk (easy, 2-mile walk)
• Emerald Pool trail (pretty waterfalls)
• Zion Canyon Overlook trail (panoramic view, steep drops)
• Angels Landing trail (incredible height, dangerous drops)
• map of Zion Canyon area
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