Zion National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the southwest of the United States. Last spring I hiked to Observation Point, one of the best viewpoints in the canyon.
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Let’s get started!
We take a shuttle bus from the visitor center in Zion National Park. Driving in the canyon is amazing, the views are beautiful. We even spot a couple of bighorn sheep on the side of the road. We get out the bus at the stop Weeping rock, here is the start of the trail to Observation Point.
Lots of switchbacks
After walking on the flat canyon floor for a couple of minutes, it’s time to climb. At first, it’s not very steep, but after a while, we see the first switchbacks. It’s getting much steeper and we often stop for a minute to catch our breath and enjoy the view. Some parts are really difficult to walk because the snow hasn’t melted yet and there’s a lot of ice on the trail. At some point, we ask ourselves if it was a smart idea to do this hike at the beginning of March because it’s so slippery. But we meet a lot of other people on the trail, so we continue.
After climbing for
When we leave the canyon, we look back for a minute. What a great view!
The landscape changes
We have to start climbing again, but it’s not as steep as in the beginning. We take our time and enjoy the views. The landscape changes at every corner. The colors of the rocks change from red to yellow and white and we see some trees, cactuses
Almost at the top
We reach the side of the mountain and we make multiple stops for pictures. You have a great view of Zion Canyon from this part of the trail.
We reach the top of the mountain and are surprised to see the landscape change again. It’s completely flat, filled with grass, shrubs
Observation Point: what a view!
The trail to Observation Point is 13 kilometers (8 miles) long and it’s a
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