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Observation Point

Zion National Park, UT
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lookouts, National Parks
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.
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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73 reviews 73 reviews
23 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The hike feels like a 4 mile uphill staircase to get to the top, but likely one of the most beautiful walks on the planet. Weaving through sandstone slots, at least one tunnel, and cliff hanging trail segments. Once at the top, you look down at the hikers on the winding path to Angel Point. There are many spots on... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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269 reviews 269 reviews
114 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is one of the more beautiful canyons out there. Not too challenging but it is amazing once you get into the canyon how green it is.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

one of the best walks we've done - better than angels landing in my opinion - awesome views which change round every bend - switch backs, a slip canyon, hidden valleys, grass land and stupendous view everyway you turn. 8 miles there and back but so worth it. WC at the trail head, along with drinking water.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Kept going up and up and always kept thinking we had to be close to top but trail seemed to go on forever. I was amazed at how different the scenery seemed to change depending on which section of trail you were on. We hiked on Easter Sunday and weather was perfect but I would not want to hike in... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 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... More

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Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

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... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 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,... More

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Reno, NV
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102 reviews 102 reviews
61 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 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... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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112 reviews 112 reviews
44 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 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... More

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Northampton UK
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19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We only intended to walk to the slot canyons but kept on as the walk was so interesting and we had all the right gear and water with us. Took about 2 hours 20 mins for the ascent which included lots of photo and water stops. Up hill ALL the way across rocky terrain over steep paths, rocks etc. well... More

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