3 Best Viewpoints in Zion National Park
Zion National Park has some of the absolute best viewpoints on Earth. Millions of people travel here from all over the world just to experience the visual payoff offered at the end of the majority of Zion’s trails. Though there are many incredible Zion viewpoints throughout the Park, here we’ve compiled a list of what we consider to be the three best. These are the ones that, above all, are 100% worth whatever distance you have to travel to get to Zion. Apologies if we left one of your favorites off the list.
One of Zion’s lengthier mainstream hikes, Observation Point awards hikers with a breathtaking view. The summit, which is at an elevation of about 6,508 feet, will put you on top of Mount Baldy. From here, you can see the Three Patriarchs, the majority of Zion Canyon, and Angel’s Landing, among other amazing sights. The hike itself will take you anywhere between 4 and 8 hours depending on your pace. Probably leave the kiddos at home for this one. The elevation gain is about 2,000 feet and requires some real stamina, plenty of water, and some good hiking shoes. There are quite a few switchbacks that are somewhat steep, but nothing too crazy. The Echo Canyon section of this hike is a favorite of many. We don’t think anyone will disagree that this is one of the best Zion viewpoints.
Perhaps the most iconic location inside Zion National Park, this one is not for those with a fear of heights. Making it to the top not only allows you to see one of the best views ever, it also allows you to then say that you’ve hiked Angel’s Landing! Bucket list item: check! Roundtrip, the Angel’s Landing hike is about 5 and a half miles long and has some narrow exposed sections which means it’s a good idea to leave children out of this one for both safety and length reasons. Reaching the peak requires an ascent of about 1,500 feet and a keen awareness of the exposed drop-offs – but back to talking about the view! When you’re on top, take in the expansive view by seeing the Virgin River down below as well the wonder of Zion all around you. This is a heavenly spot, to say the least. You won’t ever forget it.
We love the view this hike provides as much as we do not because of an on-top-of-the-world feel but because of how rare its views are. Kolob Arch is located in the northwestern section of Zion National Park a little south of Cedar City. Getting here will require a drive from Springdale of about an hour and a half, but believe us when we say it’s worth it. Consider stretching this outing to a two-day backpacking trip and you will not regret it. This area is often described as a wilderness oasis. The vistas that you’ll encounter on this trail are just amazing. The canyon walls are some of the most colorful in all of not just Zion but Southern Utah.