Observation Point

#5 in Best Things To Do in Zion National Park
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Free

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Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

When you crest the Observation Point trail, you'll find yourself at an elevation of 6,521 feet atop Mount Baldy and enjoying a bird's-eye view of just about all of Zion National Park's top attractions, including Angels Landing. Because hikers will ascend 2,000 feet during this 8-mile, round-trip hike, it's not for the faint of heart. Make sure to wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water, since some of the trek will expose you to full sun.

One traveler recommends hitting the trail early to avoid high temperatures and also suggests pacing yourself for the strenuous uphill hike and the return hike's descent. Bringing a packed lunch isn't a bad idea either, since the trek will likely take you three to four hours.

To reach Observation Point's trailhead, travelers can take the park's free shuttle to the Weeping Rock stop. You'll then trace the East Rim Trail until you reach the summit. Similar to other attractions inside Zion National Park, visitors will have to pay a weekly fee of $30 per vehicle or $15 per person on foot. Additional information about Observation Point can be found on Utah.com's website.

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The slimmest section of Zion Canyon is known as the Narrows, and it's one of the park's most popular hikes. To experience it, set out from the Temple of Sinawava along the Riverside Walk for a one-mile, wheelchair-accessible hike that offers a good view of the Narrows. But if you want to go any farther, you'll be wading or even swimming upstream since the footpath turns into the Virgin River. Along the way, you'll enjoy towering views of the striated, orange-red canyon.

Recent travelers recommend sealing any valuables in a waterproof bag, as the water can rise as high as your waist in some places. According to reviewers, you'll also need to rent or bring waterproof shoes as the rocky, slippery terrain cannot be traversed with bare feet. Hikers also suggest getting to the Narrows early to avoid the crowds.

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