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pleasant trickling water at Weeping Rock (Zion National Park) -- © 2005 Joe Braun Photography

A Famous Desert Oasis:

Weeping Rock is a famous landmark of Zion National Park and is an easily accessible tourist attraction. Weeping Rock is a large bowl-shaped alcove where the lower layer of sandstone has eroded away; water that has been slowly descending within the sandstone formations reaches an impermeable layer of rock and is forced out the side causing the "weeping." The weeping walls form a beautifully lush hanging garden with a little flowing stream below. While there are many weeping walls in Zion, this is the featured one with a paved trail and platformed viewing area constructed under the alcove back in the early days of the park.

CLOSURE NOTICE: Weeping Rock and the lower East Rim Trail/Observation Point Trail are currently closed due to continuing rockfalls and landslides. (On August 24, 2019, a large rockfall off of the face of Cable Mountain buried the Weeping Rock pantheon in sand and rubble. The trail to Weeping Rock was reopened in November 2022, but sadly another rockfall on November 14, 2023 closed Weeping Rock yet again. As of spring 2024, the shuttle stop and area remain closed.)

The stroll to Weeping Rock is a short 10-minute family-friendly stroll. From the Weeping Rock Trailhead, the 7th stop on the Zion Canyon Shuttle, walk up the parking lot, cross the little hiker's bridge, then turn left to hike up the paved trail to the viewing area. Soon enough you will be standing under the beautiful alcove with the wonderful water sprinkling from above; this is a perfect little spot for both yound and old. Please note that while the trail is paved, it is not exactly wheelchair accessible because the trail is fairly steep and there are several steps near the end.

For those looking to do more serious hiking, the Weeping Rock Trailhead is also the starting point for the famous Observation Point Trail, hike to Hidden Canyon, and the East Rim Trail to Cable Mountain, Deertrap Mountain, and the East Entrance Trailhead. Unfortunately, these trails remain closed due to the massive landslide of 2019.

Weeping Rock Topo Map

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