The West Rim Trail is a majestic tour of both the geology and the ecology of Zion. Easily the most popular backpacking route in Zion, this trail begins high in the alpine desert pines of Lava Point and meanders 3,300 feet down over 14 miles to the floor of Zion Canyon. Along the way, you pass the charred remnants of an old forest fire, exquisite fields of eye-catching wildflowers, edge-of-the-rim views of canyon labyrinths, and the awesome sculpted sandstone formations entering upper Zion Canyon. At the fork between Telephone Canyon and the West Rim, take the West Rim and save Telephone Canyon for another trip. The Rim is sweet stuff, featuring bold lookouts and swift mesa breakaways. Highly recommended by our staff.