An incredible, easy hike that leads you to a vista looking down over the Zion Valley (and even Angel's Landing.) Well worth the 3 miles one way to the overlook!
STRENUOUS HIKE Observation Point via East Rim Trail Shuttle Stop to Start from: #7 Weeping Rock Pets: No Trailhead Location: Access the East Rim Trail from across the footbridge adjacent to the parking lot. The Observation Point Trail branches off of the East Rim Trail after approximately 2.5…
Observation Point is a lesser known hike than Angel's Landing but is even more spectacular, I feel, when you get to the top. It actually looks down on Angel's Landing and has more views. It is an 8 mile hike up and back.
“Aggressive hike, last half mile sketchy climb with incredible views. The hike is pretty all the way. ”
“The Narrows hike is my favorite in Zion. It has you wading in water almost the entire time, and some spots can be waist deep or higher. It's best to rent shoes, neoprene socks and a stick to hike past the paved Riverside Walk portion. Zion Guru, Zion Adventure Company, or any of the other outfitters in Springdale should have them. You should be able to return them after hours if need be, most places are cool about that. Another option that I've had luck with is finding used gear to actually puchase for cheaper than you can rent! Once the rental shoes have tears in them or something, they usually put them up for sale, but they're still good shoes that do what you need them to do. Dry bags are a good idea to protect your belongings. You can make a whole day out of the narrows bottom up hike... The further you go up, the cooler the air gets, and the less people you see. It's more strenuous than you'd think because the water adds an extra challenge, but that said, the way back down is much quicker than the way up since you're going with the current. You can even take a side jaunt up Orderville canyon for a bit - there will be waterfalls you'll have to get up and over, so that can be wetter than the Narrows itself. The narrows bottom up (the one you don't need a permit for) is accessible via the shuttle thru main canyon. To catch the shuttle, you can park either inside the park or in the town of Springdale. The easiest places to catch it are at the main visitor center or the museum, and I often have luck finding street parking between those 2 stops. Parking inside the park at all the lots and along the road (rte 9) is free. Parking in Springdale is $$ so I try to avoid that. They do enforce it! Cell service is spotty/non existent in a lot of the park itself, so send last minute messages before getting on the shuttle. ”
“One block away. Great selection, reasonable prices. Open 6am until Midnight”
“Great spot for breakfast before or after hiking. They have gluten free crepes!”