Making a Point of Observation

After just a day’s rest from hiking Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park this past May, we headed up the Observation Point Trail. It had been a chilly, wet spring , and it seemed everyone was in the park, so we were ready on this late May day for what was reported to be a less trafficked trail.

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What a great start, to see this deer early in our hike! He nibbled nonchalantly, slowly moving farther off the trail as we passed nearby.

The Observation Point Trail is longer and climbs higher than Angel’s Landing, but with a less steep grade. It also winds through various types of features, often with amazing views:

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The trail wound up several switchbacks and around nearby mountainsides. You dimly make out the trail here…

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…and closer, here:

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From Observation Point, at the top of the trail, the Virgin River wound like a thread about 2400′ below. The peak in the middle right is Angel’s Landing — we were looking down on it from here.

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With my handy-dandy zoom lens, I was able to get a shot of the triumphant hikers who had reached its summit:

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Observation Point is the highest trail you can hike in Zion National Park, and it’s easy to see how high we were, relative to other nearby peaks.

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The light had shifted enough on our way down that I was able to capture pictures of the slot canyon we walked through:

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All that was left was to hike back down the trail, board the shuttle, and get ourselves to Oscar’s for a salad and carrot cake πŸ™‚

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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4 Responses to Making a Point of Observation

  1. Wonderful recommendation. Can’t wait to do this trail next summer when we are back in Utah again.

    • Ellen says:

      Glad to add to your list of trails πŸ™‚ Let us know what you think!!

      (How’s that nasty boo-boo healing, btw?)

      • Mitch’s scar is healing nicely, thanks! He is challenged to keep it out of the sun all summer, but I’m making him. πŸ™‚

      • Ellen says:

        Good for you! Of course, depending on where you are, staying out of the sun means staying out of the heat…. and it sounds as though the heat is nearly everywhere these days!

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