Recommended Users: Hikers. Route. 2.8 miles in Length. Difficulty: Moderate. From the information kiosk at the trailhead, take the prominent singletrack trail heading southwest into Canaan Mountain Wilderness. At first, the trail climbs gradually towards Eagle Crags, passing through open-canopy pinyon-juniper woodland with an understory of sagebrush, blackbrush, yucca, and cacti. Along most of its length, the trail is exposed and there is little respite from the sun. About 0.80 miles from the trailhead, you will pass the Canaan Mountain Wilderness boundary near the remnants of an old fence. Please remember that wilderness rules apply from here on out.Eagle Crags continues to loom larger in the foreground and the trail gets steeper, beginning a switchback ascent up a hillside amidst large boulders. As you climb, enjoy the spectacular scenery afforded by the higher vantage point. Expansive views to the north and east include the massive sandstone monoliths of Zion National Park, while a scan to the south reveals more remote territory deep within Canaan Mountain Wilderness.The trail wraps around the base of the easternmost “crag” formation and eventually fades, becoming indiscernible. This marks the end of the trail. From here, some people choose to rest at the boulders near the base of the cliffs before returning the way they came in.Bordering the southeast flank of Zion National Park, Canaan Mountain Wilderness is an 8-by-10 mile buttress of Navajo Sandstone that has been sculpted by wind and water over time into a landscape of soaring cliff walls, swirling slickrock, and secluded slot canyons. The Eagle Crags formation (6,380 feet), a series of rugged sandstone spires, lies at the northern tip of a thin sandstone peninsula that extends north from the greater Canaan Mountain massif.
I have camped here a few times. One of my favorite spots in all of the national parks. The site is only 5 miles outside of Zion National Park with an amazing overlook over the Zion valley. In order to get to the site you will need to be prepared for a bumpy ride, I would suggest a 4 wheel drive vehicle but I have made the trip in a mini-van. the campsite is fairly secluded as both times I have gone I was the only one there. All campsites are flat and soft sitting on the amazing red Zion sand. Don't go up the road with the intent to go back down for resources as the road is to challenging.
This BLM land is perfect to camp alongside the beautiful Zion National Park without having to share it with thousands of others. We camped on top of the mesa for a week and it was incredible. 4wd trail to get there, but worth the trek. We had amazing views, few neighbors, and were a quick drive to the park for daily hikes and activities. Highly recommend if you're okay without amenities.