Located in Zion Canyon, Weeping Rock is a remarkable geological formation featuring a large, dripping alcove with hanging gardens and lush vegetation. Weeping Rock is easily accessible and makes for an excellent short family hike. Named for the way the dripping groundwater is forced through the rock overhead, Weeping Rock is a great spot to cool down on a hot day. The short, paved trail is family-friendly and particularly good for children.
The Weeping Rock Trailhead is located in Zion Canyon at the Weeping Rock shuttle stop (37.270953,-112.938359). The shuttle is free and runs from the Visitor Center to the top of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive at the Temple of Sinewava.
There is parking available at the Zion Visitor Center, however this fills up quickly. During busy times of the year, it is often easier to park in the town of Springdale and use the free town shuttle to get into the park. The town shuttle drops off at the entrance gate. Enter the park and board the Zion Canyon Shuttle at the Visitor Center (37.20042,-112.986926).
If you are visiting Zion in the winter, you may be able to drive your car to the trailhead. Check the National Park Service website or inquire at the Visitor Center upon your arrival.
The Weeping Rock Trail is one of the shortest in the park at just under a half mile round trip from the shuttle stop. The trail is paved for all but the last part under Weeping Rock but is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers due to the steep incline and a few stairs at the end.
Begin the hike by following the sidewalk from the shuttle stop through the parking lot. Cross the footbridge over a small stream and take the signed trail on the left towards Weeping Rock. The trail on the right continues on to the Observation Point and the East Rim of Zion Canyon.
Though short, the trail to Weeping Rock is quite interesting. There are small interpretive signs along the way identifying some of the native trees and plants making it a great educational trail.
At the top of the trail, the paved path ends at a few stairs leading up to a viewing area underneath Weeping Rock. Plan to get a little wet walking through the falling drops and watch your step as the stairs may become slippery. During stormy weather and in springtime, a spectacular waterfall may form at the mouth of Echo Canyon, off to the side of the viewing area.
Permits & Regulations
Visitors must pay an entrance fee to enter Zion National Park. The fee is $25 for a private vehicle with up to 15 passengers. An annual pass may be purchased for $80 and is good for all National Parks and many other federal lands.