Observation Point Zion National Park

Springdale, Utah

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12 Reviews
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This popular trail offers a long and steep climb from the floor of Zion Canyon to the rimrock that soars high above it. There are excellent views all along the way, featuring the lower reaches of Zion Canyon, a brief firsthand look at the narrow slot of Echo Canyon, and views of the cliffs above upper Echo Canyon during the final climb. Observation Point itself is perched high above Zion Canyon and is the most accessible of the rimrock overlooks that line the canyon wall.
Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

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Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

by Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin (Falcon Guides)

This popular trail offers a long and steep climb from the floor of Zion Canyon to
the rimrock that soars high above it. There are excellent views all along the way, featuring the lower reaches of Zion Canyon, a brief firsthand look at the narrow slot
of Echo Canyon, and views of the cliffs above upper Echo Canyon during the final
climb. Observation Point itself is perched high above Zion Canyon and is the most
accessible of the rimrock overlooks that line the canyon wall.

© 2013 Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Springdale
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: April-October
Local Contacts: Zion National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Observation Point (Zion National Park)

Recent Trail Reviews

9/24/2012
0

Mostly uphill hike, moderately strenous but worth it at the top.


7/1/2012
0

Used part of this trail as training for a quick ascent/descent - from the valley floor to the top of the switchbacks and back (6 miles, 3600 vertical feet) in under 3 hours. - as with any trail in Zion, the views are great, and the trail is easy to follow.


3/18/2010
0

This hike was awesome. i would definitely recommend going in March since the snow was melting and you don't need to take the shuttle. There were a few people eating lunch at the top but didn't see too many people on the trail. Views are beautiful.


5/18/2009
0

Amazing hike. Start early to beat the heat. I was the first person out on the trail (everyone else on the tram got off at Grottos to hike Angel's Landing). Had the point to myself for a good hour. Great views. You're even able to look down on Angel's Landing. Puts the whole canyon in nice perspective. Also, nice variety on the hike. The section of slot canyon was particularly cool (figuratively and literally).


7/22/2008
0

Lovely walk up to a very nice vista. It's not too difficult, but there were some people we passed pooped out along the last set of switchbacks. You can see Angels Landing from the top, and the Virgin River winding around the beautiful canyon. As far as Zion hikes are concerned I think it's relatively un-crowded (which means waaaay more people on the trail than you would expect anywhere else, but still less than the other essentially paved trails throughout the park).



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