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Observation Point

Zion National Park, UT
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Calgary
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

When I was there it was raining but seriously this is an amazing place! This is an easy hike for almost everyone unlike Angel's Landing! It also takes about less than hour to do it.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Watch the changing light and enjoy the display. Great for photographs, especially in the snow. Well worth the visit.

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Ogden, Utah
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98 reviews 98 reviews
53 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is a great hike that includes lots of steep switchbacks but also some cool slot canyon areas, more open desert, and of course incredible vistas.

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DC Metropolitan Area
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If you're heading for Zion National Park, chances are that you have - or will - hear about Angels Landing. It's one of the park's most famous trails. That trail is also famous for sweeping views and extreme drop-offs. Not especially attractive if you have a fear of heights or are hiking with younger children. Hiking to Observation Point will... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This was a visually spectacular hike. You will climb about 1500 vertical feet (most in the first 2 miles) up the canyon walls. Stunning rock formations and vistas. I have never seen or experienced anything like it and we hike a lot! Must do if you are in Zion National Park. The trailhead is the last stop before you reach... More

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Houston, Texas
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107 reviews 107 reviews
36 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I had previously hiked Angels Landing and the Narrows, so I thought I would hike to Observation Point. Starting April 1, 2014, you have to park at the Visitors Center and take a shuttle to the trailhead. The Visitors Center parking lot fills up quickly. If you get a late start, there are parking lots in Springdale, Utah (outside the... More

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Nashville, TN
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86 reviews 86 reviews
37 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This hike was intense and I'm a runner. I even practiced walking on a treadmill at a high incline to prep for this hike. Nothing could have prepared me for the 4 mile hike up a mountain! It was about 45 degrees out and to be honest I don't know how people do it when the weather gets into the... More

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Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I ran the Zion Half Marathon in the morning and still felt some energy, so I climbed from the crowded canyon floor to the top for some amazing views during the afternoon. The parking lot was full but after one mile most people did the easier thing and veered toward Hidden Canyon. After that fork in the path, I had... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We visited in early February, so temps were in the high 20's with snow and ice on the trail. With trekking poles and ice cleats for our boots this wasn't an issue overall. About 2,000 foot elevation change up to the top, with much of that in switchbacks in the first 3/4 mile from the trailhead. Layer appropriately as you... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

If you love Angels Landing, you will love Observation Point. This hike is not as popular and my guess would be because it's longer but in my opinion, the views are much better than Angel's Landing. The top of Observation Point actually looks down onto Angels Landing. The hike itself is beautiful and takes you through a multitude of landscapes.... More

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