Chinle Trail to Coalpits Wash

  • Chinle Trail in Zion National Park.
  • Chinle Trail in Zion National Park.
  • Chinle Trail in Zion National Park.


Dogs No

Bird Watching

16.2 (miles)


Out & Back

~600 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)



Chinle Trail to Coalpits Wash is a tough hike in Zion National Park that explores the seldom visited southern section of the park. There is seasonal water available at Coalpits Springs and Coalpits Wash. Make sure to check with rangers before relying on these water sources. The park says "the Chinle Trail starts from the Anasazi Way Subdivision and crosses the open desert as it winds toward the base of Mount Kinesava. The trail travels through the open desert and offers up some amazing and sweeping views of the cliffs behind great formations like the West Temple and Mount Kinesava. The trail crosses areas of petrified wood and has highly developed areas of the Cryptobiotic soil. This trail is very hot in the summer but pleasant in the Spring and Fall. Coalpits Wash has no developed trail, but there is a well beaten path that is easy to follow to the junction with Scoggins Wash. At the junction of Scoggins Wash, bear left and head up to the narrows and pools nestled between enormous boulders and small waterfalls. Camping is in designated sites." There are three campgrounds in Zion National Park. The South and Watchman Campgrounds are located in Zion Canyon. The Lava Point Campground is roughly an hours drive from Zion Canyon on the Kolob Terrace Road.

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Entrance and Camping Fees, Backcountry Permits Required
Contact: Zion National Park Springdale, UT 84767

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