Weeping Rock, Zion National Park
When to Go
- Weeping Rock is an overhanging blind arch which “rains” every day of the year. The spring water seeping out of the rock 100 feet overhead takes nearly 1000 years to travel through the porous Navajo sandstone above. The percolation slows at the underlying dense, less porous Kayenta sandstone layer, then follows a downhill course, raining on the observers below. Weeping Rock’s charm sometimes draws visitors to sit beneath its cascade of raindrops for hours.
- Trailhead: Exit the free Scenic Drive shuttle at Weeping Rock trailhead.
Mileage: .5 miles (.8 km)
Elevation Gain: 98 feet (30 meters)
Approximate Hike Time: 30 minutes, round-trip
Crowds: Easy access, short distance, and dramatic views make this one of the most crowded hikes in the Park.
- Best Times of Day: Hike Weeping Rock trail early in the morning for a chance to sit and listen to the falling water in solitude.
Best Times of Year: When the spring wildflowers bloom, the moist environment along this trail is abundant with color. Summer storms produce dazzling waterfalls all around Weeping Rock.
- • “Hanging gardens” of flowers and greenery growing from the thin cracks and crevices of the seeping walls surrounding Weeping Rock. Great scenery for macro-photography!
• The spectacular waterfall pouring out Echo Canyon after a good rainfall.
- • The wide, paved path of Weeping Rock is easily accessibly for wheelchairs and strollers.
• The exit to Lower Echo Canyon lies hundreds of feed above Weeping Rock. The Park has closed Lower Echo Canyon to canyeering groups to protect Weeping Rock hikers from rockfall.