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Angels Landing
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Angels Landing
Highest point
Elevation 5,790 ft (1,760 m)
Prominence 430 ft (130 m)
Isolation 0.3 mi (0.48 km)
Parent peak Cathedral Mountain (6,930 ft)
Angels Landing is located in Utah
Angels Landing
Location in Utah
Angels Landing is located in the United States
Angels Landing
Location in the United States
Topo map USGS Temple of Sinawava
Age of rock Jurassic
Mountain type Monolith
Type of rock Navajo Sandstone

Angels Landing, known previously as the Temple of Aeolus, is a 1,488-foot (454 m) tall rock formation in Zion National Park in southwestern Utah, United States. A trail cut into solid rock in 1926 leads to the top of Angels Landing and provides views of Zion Canyon.


The trail to Angels Landing is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long with an approximate 1,500 feet (460 m) elevation gain. The hike is rated as a class 3 difficulty based on the Yosemite Decimal System. It begins at the Grotto drop off point on the park's shuttle system, which operates from early spring through late fall. It roughly follows the path of the Virgin River for some time along the West Rim Trail, slowly gaining elevation in sandy terrain. Most of the trail is uphill on the way up to Angels Landing. As the trail gets steeper and leaves behind the river, it becomes paved. After a series of steep switchbacks, the trail goes through the area between Angels Landing and the Zion Canyon that is a gradual ascent. Walter's Wiggles, a series of 21 steep switchbacks, are the last hurdle before Scout Lookout. The wiggles are named after Walter Ruesch, who was the first superintendent for Zion National Park and constructed the switchbacks in 1926.

Scout Lookout is generally the turnaround point for those who are unwilling to make the final summit push to the top of Angels Landing. The last half-mile of the trail is strenuous and lined with numerous sharp drop offs and narrow paths. Chains to grip are provided for portions of the last half-mile to the top at 5,790 feet (1,760 m).

The half-mile section up the spine, the Angels Landing Trail-West Rim Trail, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Since 2000, as of March 15, 2021, 13 people have died from falling while hiking the trail.

In July 2018, the trail was closed following damage due to a severe storm and was re-opened in September 2018.


Spring and fall are the most favorable seasons to visit Angels Landing. According to the Köppen climate classification system, it is located in a Cold semi-arid climate zone, which is defined by the coldest month having an average mean temperature below 32 °F (0 °C), and at least 50% of the total annual precipitation being received during the spring and summer. This desert climate receives less than 10 inches (250 millimeters) of annual rainfall, and snowfall is generally light during the winter.


Panorama of Zion National Park taken from Angels Landing with Cathedral Mountain left of center and The Great White Throne far right (Zoom View)
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