Zion National Park: The epic hike to Observation Point

Zion National Park Observation Point Hike

Hiking to Observation Point in Zion National Park

In April, I went to Zion National Park for the first time. Man was I impressed. With the towering monoliths, crazy sandstone formations, and epic views, I easily could have spent a few weeks here exploring. But out of all of the things we did, the East Mesa Trail hike to the top of Observation Point stood out as one of my favorite hikes. It was way less crowded than the hike up Angel’s Landing, and there’s nothing like hiking up the side of a sheer cliff face, with zilch between you and the valley floor. While the morning started out a little grey, eventually sun broke through, making for some fine photo opportunities. Here’s a map and a collection of some of my favorite shots from the hike.


















If you are headed to Zion and want more information about the hike to Observation Point and the other best trails in southern Utah, I highly recommend checking out the book Hiking from Here to WOW: Utah Canyon Country. Every hike I’ve done in southern Utah from this book has been nothing short of awesome. Or just leave any questions or comments below, and I’ll be sure to respond.

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  1. Those are some awesome views.

    Hi, is this hike do-able in January? I am planning on being in the park around January 23rd.


      Jake – It all depends on the weather. I just saw that it’s been snowing in Zion, so right now there is snow on the trail. That said, a week of warmer weather between now and your trip could easily clear things up. I recommend checking the National Park website the days leading up to your trip to see what the forecast says. http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/weather-and-climate.htm Also, it’s probably worth stopping into the Visitors Center and inquiring there. Have fun! Zion is such a beautiful place.

    Just hiked this last weekend — awesome to see how much greener it was when you did it in the spring.

      It’s such a cool hike…so much bang for your buck. Thanks so much for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the post. Cheers, Kristen

    Finally got a chance to do this hike this past weekend! LOVED it!! I thought it was better view than Angels Landing and a great overall scenery along the way 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!!

      Yay! That’s awesome. This is such a great trail. Next up you gotta do the West Rim. It’s a easy overnighter with tons of amazing views.

    First, thank you so much for the info and pics. I needed this page haha. Second, im going to utah in July (arches to canyonlands to bryce to escalante to zion) for 9 days. If you had two days in Zion, which hikes do you do? Thanks! 🙂

    Roughly how long is the east mesa trail to observation point roundtrip would you say? Thanks so much for all of this great info. I love your site!!

    I’m curious why you did the East Meda Trail up there rather than the Observation Point Trail? How long was it round trip? We plan to do Observation Point this May. Thanks! Love this post!

      It starts as the East Mesa Trail and then jets off as the Observation Point Trail

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