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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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Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We hiked the Observation Point trail in October of 2014. Our day started as we drove to Zion from Mt. Carmel at 6:15 in the morning to catch the first shuttle from the Visitor's Center to Weeping Rock. We also knew that we'd have a guaranteed parking spot at the Visitor's Center. We highly recommend starting this hike very early... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

As two people who had not really hiked anything further than 2 miles, so it was a big challenge to take on the 8 mile round trip to the top of observation point. The first 5 mins we looked at each other and started laughing as we were already out of breath! But we continued on and loved the rewards... More

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Vienna, VA
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107 reviews 107 reviews
44 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Start early to beat the crowds and the heat (even in October). We were on the first shuttle and only saw one other person until we got to the top where there were two people. Sensational lifetime views! I hate precipices and there were plenty on the trail between roughly miles 2 and 3 on the way up. Be ready... More

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Menlo Park, California
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40 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The hike from Zion Canyon to Observation Point is stunning, and well worth it for the superb views along the way and for the payoff, looking down Zion Canyon and across to the West Rim. It's an 8-mile round trip with a 2150 foot elevation gain, which is real work. But the trail is fairly steady and smooth most of... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We drove to the park in the breaking dawn to catch the first shuttle bus. We got off at the Weeping Rock stop to take the trail to Observation Point, a 9 mile hike with 2200 feet of elevation gain. The sun peeked over the east rim, lighting the top of the west rim. As the morning progressed, the sunlight... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

This is a really varied hike, starts off busy at the bottom but the crowds soon filter out! It's around 4 miles one way, there's a really cool stream crossing about a mile up where you have to try and get across without getting your feet wet! Be warned though, in heavy rain this can apparently swell and the day... More

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South Deerfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We hiked to Observation Point two days via two routes. We were told by the Park Ranger that the East Rim Trail would be closed for repairs midweek and were given directions to drive through the East Gate (through the tunnel) and hike the East mesa Trail. We drove the elevation gain - the hike was easy and the views... More

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MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I didn't think my knees would be able to handle hiking up and back, so my husband and I took the Zion Adventure Company's Hiker's shuttle up to Observation Point so we could just hike down. The sky was threatening with thunder and lightening off in the distance, but we decided to continue the trip. They dropped us off at... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

this was our first hike in Zion. It was moderately challenging - mainly due the distance. The views are really nice along the trail and especially when you reach the top. It was hot on our way down - so if you do this hike, start early.

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California
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Varied scenery, including an awesome slot canyon in the middle of the hike. The last mile or so involves hiking along a sheer cliff edge with no railing, so you may want to reconsider if you're scared of heights. That said, even if you don't get to the top, there are spectacular views throughout the trail. Took us maybe four... More

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