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Observation Point
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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.
Calgary
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“Awesome place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

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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“Fantastic view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

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

Visited October 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“A little less traveled than Angel's landing”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited April 2014
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DC Metropolitan Area
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“The air is thinner here than it is atop Angels Landing!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 get you about 1300 feet higher than Angel's Landing and gives you truly spectacular views down the entire Zion main canyon. In fact, from Observation Point, you can look right down at people on Angel's Landing - and wave! This stunning place deserves more than a five minute stay. Pack a snack and definitely bring your camera.

The park service map lists a strenuous 8+ mile hike up to Observation Point from the canyon floor. But, if you have a high-clearance vehicle, there's another hiking option that I highly recommend. You drive up the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, out of Zion National Park, and turn at the signs for Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. It's best to have a good map (or ask for directions from the Zion Visitor Center), so I won't go into the driving details here.

Ultimately, you will drive through Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands to a dead-end at the East Mesa Trail head. From there, you simply stroll along the mesa - there are very few ups and downs on this 3.0 mile trail - until you come out at the trail to Observation Point. From this junction, it's just a 0.4 mile trail to the Point. On your left, the trail wends back down to Zion canyon.

If you start early in the morning, you won't have to share the trail with many (if any) people and when you get to Observation Point, your only companions are likely to be chipmunks. There's the added fun of greeting people who hiked up the "traditional" route.They'll be wondering if you started hiking up in the dark!

When you've had enough time at the Point, you can spend some time exploring the other trails in the area. Off the main BLM road there are markers for other trails - I do suggest a GOOD map that lists unpaved roads and trails in the area. PLEASE NOTE: driving up here is NOT a good idea in a regular car - the BLM roads are pretty good, but there are sections that are rough and probably not passable in a low clearance car. (Better safe than get stuck up here...)

Don't have a high-clearance vehicle? No worries. For a pretty reasonable fee, the recreation directors at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort will provide shuttle service to/from the East Mesa trail head.

Visited March 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Heart attack hill!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 the end of the road taking the visitors tram to the top of Zion.

Visited April 2014
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