Court of the Patriarchs

The Court of the Patriarchs is, in fact, a grouping of sandstone cliffs in Zion National Park. The mountain is named after the biblical figures of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You can also see other two structures that are known as Mount Moroni and Sentinel. This trail does not technically qualify as a hike. You will end up walking more to get to the trailhead then you will in finishing the trail. The trail starts at the shuttle stop at The Court of the Patriarchs trailhead and continues to the east paved trail where you will reach a small viewpoint. The hike takes only a minute to raise 40 feet leading into a short climb from the base of the Zion Canyon. The elevation is just high enough to view the surrounding mountains, trees and canyon walls.

The Court of the Patriarchs is considered the shortest trail in Zion National Park. To reach the trail, take a shuttle in the main canyon and get off at the 4th stop.

If you are a first-time visitor to Zion, start your journey at this trail. This quick and simple 2 minute trial takes you to a small viewpoint overlooking the trees, as well as the beautiful view of the mountain structures across the canyon, famously known as the Court of Patriarchs.

Before you start your hike, the Court of the Patriarchs can be a short diversion giving you an opportunity to take pictures and capture the best of the moments, especially at sunrise and sunset. This picture perfect view will truly capture your attention. This is a perfect section that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Take a moment to stop and enjoy this route before you start the rest of your hiking adventures.