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Hike Observation Point

Springdale, Utah

based on 25 reviews



6.8 miles

Elevation Gain

2100 ft

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Observation Point gives you an excellent view of the entire Zion Canyon. This is a quintessential photo location and shady lunch spot. Beat the crowds and look down on Angels Landing. 

This is the best trail in Zion Canyon to beat the crowds while experiencing the awe and wonder it has to offer. We take this trail every time we visit Zion and never tire of it. It is an 8 mile out and back hike that takes you up, up, up then down, down, down. Be prepared to get your heart going! There is no technical experience needed, just the grit and determination to take on this strenuous ascent. Make sure to bring a lunch to enjoy while gazing at the jaw dropping view.

If you visit Zion in the winter, you can drive you car right up the trailhead and enjoy the park unencumbered by the masses. But don’t worry; even in the height of summer, this adventure will take you far above the typical park goers’ heads. In the summer, start your trip on the Zion Shuttle at the Main Visitor Center. Enjoy the informative tour given on the bus and get off at the Weeping Wall.

The trail starts out tough, with switchbacks straight up a sandstone cliff. If you arrive early in the morning, the sun is behind the canyon wall and you can complete this section remaining fairly cool. Don’t forget to look back at the canyon over your shoulder for inspiration!

Next, there is an unexpected narrow canyon section that will make you wonder about erosion and the power of water. The trail then meanders around to the backside of Zion, showcasing some white sandstone formations not seen on other hikes. As you wander through the jumbled mosaic of rock walls, keep your eyes out and you might have the joy of encountering a herd of bighorn sheep.

The trail then comes back high above Zion Canyon and follows an exciting narrow path along a steep drop. Finally, it flattens out and you can see across the way to the point of rock that is your destination. Take a moment to appreciate Zion Canyon from this angle, then follow the horseshoe around. Open your eyes and believe it; you are at Observation Point. There are some rocks, perfectly situated under some trees, on which you can sit and take it all in. Enjoy the view and solitude; you earned it!

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Hike Observation Point Reviews

Come here if you want to avoid the crowds of Zion. It has great views and the rocks are so orange.

Much smaller crowd sizes and imo better views of Zion National Park than Angels Landing. I did AL just to get the badge of honor. I did this hike for the best views of the park. It is physically demanding and is exposed in the hotter months so prepare.

The hike to observation point is a must do when visiting Zion. The scenery changes quite drastically as you make your way up to the top. At one point you're hiking along a slot canyon then another you're looking down on Angels Landing. This trail however has been often closed due to rock falls. Be sure to check the National Park website for updates on trail conditions.

This is an awesome hike in Zion! It's much less crowded than Angels landing and has spectacular views as well. Definitely recommend this one!!

Just like the description says: this hike has it all - beats the crowds of Zion, insane views, and a good spot for a picnic! it's a long one, but so beautiful!! Bring food and plenty of water. My husband and I each had one trekking pole and we were glad for that. Loved this hike!

I loved this hike. Probably one of my favorites in Utah, and definitely my favorite one in Zion National Park. It’s super underrated just because everyone talks about Angels Landing all the time. While that’s a pretty great hike(climb) as well, this one offers a considerably better view at the end. It’s the highest point in Zion so you can see Angels Landing once you are at the summit.

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