Shuttle Stop 6, [Zion Lodge The Grotto]
Estimated Roundtrip Time: 0.5 hours
Distance: 1.0 miles/1.6 kilometers
Elevation Change: 35 feet/11 meters
Description: The trails connects the Zion Lodge to the Grotto. can be combined with the lower Emerald Pool and Kayenta Trails to create a 2.5-mile loop.
The Grotto Trail starts near the Zion Lodge and ends at the Grotto trailhead/picnic area. If a visitor were to get off at the 5th shuttle stop, the Zion Lodge, they would be able to walk to the 6th stop along this trail. The Grotto trail does not lead to any destination, but it is a nice trial to enjoy walking. It is best to take the trial in the morning or evening as to avoid the heat of the day.
The Grotto Trail is 1.2 miles long and is one of the more heavily trafficked trails in Zion National Park. The trail is almost entirely flat, with only a 45-foot increase in elevation over the length of the trail. The trail is most often used to enjoy the scenery of the area. It is accessible year-round and offers visitors the chance to skip riding the shuttle in favor of a pleasant walk.
The Grotto Trail also serves as an extension of the Angel’s Landing Trail. On the return trip from Angel’s Landing Trail, one of the most popular attractions in Zion National Park, visitors can take a sort of cool-down period as they walk the Grotto Trail back towards the Zion Lodge.
The Grotto Trail can also be used as an extension to the Emerald Pools Trail. After finishing the Emerald Pools Trail, park visitors can hike the Grotto Trail as it leads back towards the Zion Lodge. The low-intensity hike can be of great benefit to hikers after the 2-4 hours they spend hiking the Emerald Pools Trail.
Many reviews by people who have hiked the trail point out that it is serves as a nice warm-up or cool-down walk before going on the more difficult trails that are nearby. Visitors have also noted that deer can be spotted along the edges of the trail during the evening.