Observation Point

Zion National Park, Utah 84767

Distance0.3mi
Elevation Gain56ft
Trailhead Elevation6,500ft
Top6,529ft
Elevation Min/Max6491/6529ft
Elevation Start/End6500/6500ft

Observation Point

Observation Point is a hiking and horse trail in Washington County, Utah. It is within Zion National Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 6,500 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 56 feet. The trail ends near Observation Point (elevation 6,490 feet). This trail connects with the following: East Mesa Trail.

Observation Point Professional Reviews and Guides

"Three of the park’s finest hikes—Weeping Rock, East Rim Trail, and Observation Point—are accessed from the Weeping Rock shuttle stop and trailhead. At this trailhead you’re deep in Zion Canyon, the walls rise steeply on all sides, and hanging side canyons finger off in all directions."

"Although much of the Observation Point trail is paved in order to prevent erosion, it still isn’t a casual walk in the park. Not for the fainthearted, this hike with serious elevation gain is nonetheless a beautiful trail leading to a view that some think rivals that from more popular Angels Landing (which will actually seem puny by comparison when you gaze down upon it, far below you, from the top of Observation Point)."

"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."

Observation Point Reviews

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9/24/2012
Mostly uphill hike, moderately strenous but worth it at the top.
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7/1/2012
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.
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3/18/2010
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.
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5/18/2009
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).
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7/22/2008
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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1/13/2008
Did Angels Landing two days before and thought this hike might be more of the same without the extreme exposure. This hike has a greater diversity than Angels Landing as it has great valley views, but also combines the beauty of Echo Canyon. Overall, I would say more scenic than Angels. Hidden Canyon is a great side hike with some of the airy exposure with chains to hold on to like Angels. Snow and ice make things pretty tricky in places but that is just part of the fun.
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3/27/2007
This is a great day hike. Its longer but less difficult and more varied than angles landing. If you go when its hot try to start early.
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12/29/2005
This is a fantastic hike. I was looking for a hike to fill a whole day and I was recommended this one. I had quite some time left afterwards, even though it was getting dark around 5, so I wouldn't say this hike is that long. It's a decent 4-5 hour hike up and down, depending on your shape ;-) The trail is maintained, fairly wide, I was actually thinking I could almost make it on my MTB up and (for sure) down. The views along the trail and on the top are worth every drop of sweat. On my way down, since I had a couple of hours of daylight left, I decided to go see the Hidden Canyon as well, since that trail branches off the main trail. If you like the thrill, then you should consider this option :-) because you don't get that feeling on the way to Observation Point. The trail gets really narrow and you can also hold on to chains as you walk along the canyon walls. The maintained trail ends pretty quickly, but if you like to scramble a little bit, keep going. The canyon is amazing, the huge vertical walls come so close to each other that you can almost reach them both with your hands. You can also see a superb arch about 15-20 minutes from the end of the maintained trail, which makes the whole adventure worth the effort.
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7/8/2004
This is the best hike in the park (Zion in Springdale) and one that is under utilized by those visiting the park due to its length. This hike is long, strenuous and not for those with fear of heights (although it can be done!). Go earlier in the day to avoid heat during summer. There are a couple of slot canyons that can be explored while working your way to the summit. Be sure to take tons of water and your cameras with loads of film to capture the incredible views as you look DOWN on Angels Landing and the entire park. Absolutely AWESOME!
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Oct 2018