Hikes National Parks/Monuments

Weeping Rock Trail in Zion National Park

(Last Updated On: April 16, 2021)

***Weeping Rock Trail is currently closed because of a large rockfall. Make sure to check at the Visitor Center for current information.

Weeping Rock Trail in Zion National Park is a short steep hike that is appropriate for all family members. The distance to Weeping Rock is only 0.4 miles round trip from the shuttle stop. Our 3 year-old declared the “hike” with the “crying rock” his favorite of our entire vacation.

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It is a blast to walk under the dripping water!

The Weeping Rock Trail begins at shuttle stop #7 called Weeping Rock. From there, the trail climbs very steeply to a wet grotto. There are 2 trails here: the one to the right goes much farther and is much steeper, so make sure to stay to the left. If you haven’t found your destination in 10 minutes, you went the wrong way!

Weeping Rock Trail in Zion
Head toward the mountainside and cross this bridge. Weeping Rock is to the left. The Observation Point Trail is to the right.
Paved trail along the Weeping Rock trail
The trail is paved, but it is an uphill walk the entire way to the Weeping Rock.
Arched tree over the trail
When you walk under this tree, you are almost there.

As the trail nears the grotto, which is an alcove in the rock, there are lush green plants draped over the rocky mountainside. This is because no matter how dry this desert area gets, Weeping Rock is always wet. The water actually weeps because it cannot seep into the Kayenta layer of rock, so it must find a way over the edge. It is said that this takes a fantastically long time, and the water you see dripping from Weeping Rock probably fell as rain around 1,200 years ago!

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The Weeping Rock isn’t super beautiful, but the water dripping down is amazing.

As you duck into the grotto, you’ll certainly get a few large drips on your head. Watch your step as you enter the grotto area because the ground is wet and muddy. This a great place for a picture. Though it was 80 degrees and sunny just a few feet away, it was cool and actually felt rainy inside the grotto.

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The trail is wet and muddy under Weeping Rock, so be careful not to slip, especially on the few stairs that climb up to the rock.
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There is a beautiful view back over the canyon.

Weeping Rock Trial in Zion is a hike that you won’t want to miss. The trail is steep, but paved. A stroller might make it, but it would be a big push up the trail. It might be easier to carry your little ones the short distance to the Weeping Rock. This trail is a fun, family-friendly spot in Zion National Park. For other kid-friendly trails, check out our Zion Kid Hikes.

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