Observation Point, Zion National Park

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Hike and make the steep climb to Observation Point in Zion National Park and be rewarded with spectacular views of the park from high above. The hike is fairly challenging, following a maintained path that climbs steep terrain surrounded with major drop offs at various points. Enjoy the sight of Zion Canyon as you climb through the iconic Navajo sandstone that the region is famous for. Continue through Echo Canyon, a deep gorge where you can appreciate more breathtaking views of the sandstone landscape. Once at the top, look down on the stone walls of the canyon, and notice the other peaks surrounding you. A visit to Observation Point represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Zion National Park itinerary site to plot your vacation.
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  • Since we were staying in Kanab for a couple of nights and intended doing the full Observation Point trail over the next few days we took the lazier option and did the walk from Patagonia Ranch to Obse...  more »
  • Went for day trip from las vegas, 8 mile hike up and back. The views were spectacular, Jan was a great time to hike, not crowded and we were able to drive to the trailhead  more »
  • Our 53 yr old knees did not relish the prospect of hiking up and then back down from the valley to the rim to get to observation point. So, we drove to the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort (which is just o...  more »
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  • Great hike through varied terrain with beautiful sights (giant rock faces, slot canyon, long vistas). Hike is long and some parts are steep, but last mile is relatively flat and ends with a breathtaking view down the canyon. Definitely recommend.
  • Amazing hike. Worth the climb and echo canyon along the way was awesome. My 9 yr old loved it.
  • Unbelievable views. A very difficult hike. Not for the faint of heart. But if you are up for the challenge, these are the views you are looking for.
  • This is a strenuous trail. We’re a couple not professional in hiking. We just do it for fun sometimes cuz we live in Dallas, TX - where is pretty flat. Ok so we decided to hike to the Observation Point. We started at at 2pm. It took us 3.5 hours to get to the top. We stayed there around 45 mins and got back. On the way go up, we only saw people coming down. When we got to the top, we thought we were the only people there. Fortunately, there were three other Canadian guys showed up. It turned dark and we five went down as a group. It was scary. No lights, steep trail, and we ran out of water & food. My toes was hurt. 2 hours got down at 8pm. Then our hope ended, there was no shuttle operation. We were at Weeping Rock (station 7) and walked to the station 5 which is the Zion Lodge (45 mins). We were happy when saw lights and people. There were a guy live there and took us to the parking lot at visitor center. God bless him! That’s been my best experience ever! Before hiking this trail, please remember: 1. Start it early - not like us. 2. Bring more water & food - don’t underestimate. 3. Read the shuttle schedule. 4. Bring flash lights. 5. Equipe good hiking shoes. 6. Group with other people when it turns dark. Hope you enjoy the breathtaking view! At least we had a great view of the Milky way on the way down :)
  • First off:$20 to park your car. Thankfully someone gave us their pass as they were leaving. Took a bus to observation point trail starting location which was 6th stop for us. Buses come every 10 mins or so and took 15 mins to get us there. We started the hike at 420pm which is late, I know. Took us a full 4 hours to complete. ABSOLUTELY stunning hike and location, but please bring at least 3 water bottles per person, especially on a hot day like ours, to avoid dehydration and terrible headaches later on. Definitely felt in our legs, and we're the casual, out of shape tourists. We were sore for a couple of days after. At some points you're hiking on unpaved trails along the mountain side, which is hard on your legs, but not scary. We heard mountain lions twice so that was scary. Talk loudly and move fast if you hear growls. The last 20 mins of our hike was in pitch black, so cell phone lights are a must. Also, really difficult to see the sunset up there bc the mountains block it all of, so not worth staying up there late and having to hike back down in the dark. It took us 2.5 hours to get up there, and 1.5 hours to get back down, and we were up there for about 15-20 mins taking pictures. It's stunning and I highly recommend it. Prepare better than we did and please make sure you have water and good hiking boots. Running shoes will hurt a lot on the way down!

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