Observation Point (elevation 6,507 feet) gives you an eagle's-eye view of Zion Canyon from the east rim. The climb—highly scenic—ascends 2,148 feet in eight miles round-trip. Switchbacks begin just a short way up from the trailhead at Weeping Rock. You'll pass the turnoff for Hidden Canyon Trail at 0.8 mile, then climb to sinuous Echo Canyon, which has deep pools and pour-offs. At about the half-way point, East Rim Trail branches off to the East Entrance station and connects with other trails. You'll reach a forest at the top for an easy walk through the last 0.6 mile to Observation Point.

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Active and Adventure Review of Observation Point Trail

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
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ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
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Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The entrance to narrow Hidden Canyon is a short side trip off Observation Point Trail. Chains provide handholds on exposed sections. Small sandstone caves and a little arch can be seen inside the canyon, which can be followed for about a mile. Sunlight penetrates the depths only at midday.
  • The Civilian Conservation Corps built the trail in the 1930s, cutting sections into cliffs.
  • Manzanita, sage, pinyon pine, juniper, Gambel oak, and some ponderosa pine grow near the rim.

Zion Canyon
Zion National Park
Springdale, Utah 84767
Parking: Always open, weather permitting
Price: Park entry is $25 per car or $12 pedestrian/cyclist for 7 days

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 435-772-3256
Fax: 435-772-3426
Email: zion_park_information@nps.gov
Transportation: Shuttle (except winter), car (winter only), bicycle
Neighborhood: Zion Canyon
Price Information: Park entry is $25 per car or $12 pedestrian/cyclist for 7 days
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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