We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Worth every step!”
Review of Observation Point

Observation Point
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This overlook provides a great view of southern Zion Canyon if you're willing to climb the 2200 feet of elevation to get there.
Reviewed 30 June 2014

This was my favorite hike in Zion. It's tough and long (8 miles round trip), but the view is worth it. You can see all the way back down the canyon, and Observation Point is far above Angel's Landing. As a bonus, after an initial climb, the hike takes you through Echo Canyon, with some great photo opportunities of a slot canyon. Then, it's up, up, up. Start early in the morning, and have the necessary supplies for a strenuous hike.

I am very afraid of heights, so I would not even try the chained walk from Scout's Landing to Angel's Landing the day before. On a couple of the switchbacks heading to Observation Point, I'll admit that I had to keep my focus completely uphill to calm the nerves, but the trail is wide enough in all areas to feel secure. The last portion of the trail is a flat 1/2 mile or so through a wooded area - a welcome way to "top off" the climb.

Make sure you get a photo of the survey marker at the top to prove how high you actually were! Spend some time snacking and enjoying the best views in the Park before you head back down.

As others have said, the spur to Hidden Canyon is somewhat disappointing. It does have some chained parts, though, and footing that is wide enough to traverse rather easily.

2  Thank ndoak1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (566)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

332 - 336 of 566 reviews

Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

We went at 630am in June. Start early and the hike up is not hot, elevation can take your breath away. Very peaceful, lots of deer and cute chipmunks. Wear good shoes and bring lots of water and sunscreen. Once your at the tops it's awesome. Way back did. Can hurt your toes prepare with good shoes. Hidden canyon a trail near bottom is okay not really worth your time tho... Nice hike. Go Early early early

1  Thank totterd1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 June 2014

The hike to Observation Point was simply awesome. It isn't for everyone, but is a very rewarding hike for those who enjoy views and challenges. We are 61 & 62, in reasonably good shape (work out regularly), are stimulated by a challenge, and not disturbed by heights. It was work, take plenty of water and wear shoes meant for hiking, and you will be rewarded. We enjoyed the various folks we met along the way, and felt that it was a great part of our visit to Zion National Park.

2  Thank Diane C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 20 June 2014

We thought the hike to Observation Point was the best hike we took during three days in Zion. At 8 miles R/T and 2200' elevation gain, it's not for everyone. But the trail is very well constructed, the switchbacks are not as steep as they look from below, and the views reward your efforts. Like many others, we paused for a leisurely lunch at the point, fending off hungry squirrels, and taking way too many photos.

During spring, when we hiked, the wild flowers alone were worth the hike. Whenever you go, bring more water than you think you'll need. We found hiking poles to be helpful, especially on the final rough half mile section. They add confidence on the steeper sections, which are reasonably wide in most places. An early start will avoid the heat buildup in the afternoon, when you should be walking back, mostly downhill.

We can't recommend this hike too highly.

2  Thank RenoBill
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 June 2014

This is one of the most strenuous day hikes in Zion, but the view is unbeatable. Even the spectacular Angel's Landing is viewable from the point. The hike starts at weeping rock and splits away from the East Rim trail. It is hot and steep, with daunting switchbacks you can see across the canyon from Angel's Landing. And it's long for a dayhike--8 miles. So bring plenty of sunscreen and water

Thank AeneasAtSea
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Observation Point also viewed

Zion National Park, UT
Zion National Park, UT
 

Been to Observation Point? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing