Why is the rock crying? This natural wonder is the result of water that passes from the surface down through the sandstone over the course of thousands of years to this exit in the rock face. Your journey will be much shorter, as Weeping Rock can be visited via a paved 0.4 mile round trip trail. This is one of the shortest hikes in Zion and is a quick trek from the Weeping Rock shuttle stop on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
The trail to weeping Rock
Take the bridge over Echo Canyon Creek to the trailhead information panel and turn left. From here, the trail gradually rises 100 feet up a lush slope shaded by Maples and Cottonwoods. After 0.2 miles, the trail dead ends beneath an arch-shaped overhang in the wall of the canyon. Prepare to get sprinkled on as you climb a set of stairs and cross to the back of the overhang. Use the railing and mind your step on the slippery surface.
Take a moment to linger and watch the rock weep. Water falls from the rock like raindrops, nourishing diverse vegetation below. After a spring storm, momentary waterfalls can form off the rock. The year round source of water creates “hanging gardens” where mosses, ferns, and columbines (among others) thrive on the vertical surface. Small panels along the trail detail some of the plant-life nourished by Weeping Rock. Look them over as you make your way back down. To hike further, head right at the junction by the trailhead and venture up to Hidden Canyon (4.5 miles round trip), and Inspiration Point (8 miles round trip). To see even more hanging gardens, take a hike to the Emerald Pools.
To get to the trailhead: Between May and October, access to Upper Zion Canyon is restricted to shuttle traffic only. From the Zion National Park Visitor Center, ride the shuttle for approximately twenty-five minutes and get off at the Weeping Rock shuttle stop. Head east across the parking lot past the bathrooms to the trailhead.
Trailhead address: Floor of the Valley Road (Zion Canyon Scenic Drive), Zion National Park, Springdale, UT 84767
Trailhead coordinates: 37.270599, -112.938381 (37° 16′ 14.15″N 112° 56′ 18.17″W)
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