Hike Observation Point

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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 spots. Beat the crowds and look down on Angles 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!

Distance

8 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2100 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic
Wildlife

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Observation Point in Zion

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.

Observation point

This was an amazing hike with spectacular reward!! We spent a week hiking Zion and Bryce canyon but this was spectacular!! We stayed at The Ponderosa Ranch Resort and drove about 8 min to hike down 3.3 miles both ways to observation point. Bring Water! very remote passed a few people but many are hiking from the bottom up where we hiked down theres a lot of different types of rocks on the trail bring hiking sticks ... And your camera to look down through entire Zion canyon and you can see people On Angels landing....

Harder Hike To Beat The Crowds

Skip the crowds at Angels Landing and go for this instead. More scenery and canyons to experience on this hike. Very glad I chose this one.

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