Hiking Observation Point in the Winter - Zion National Park
Updated: Dec 11, 2020
ALERT - THIS HIKE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO A LANDSLIDE
Any time that you get the opportunity to hike Observation Point in Zion National Park, just go, but if you get the chance to hike this amazing trail with a dusting of snow covering the ground count yourself FREAKIN LUCKY!!! Just ask MacsExplore, the amazing adventure family that I adventured with! At 8 miles round trip with 2,100 ft elevation gain this trail isn't for the faint of heart but with stunning beauty around every corner, slot canyons, and epic views this hike is one that should be at the top of your Zion bucket list, with or without the snow.
8 miles round trip
The path is well marked and paved much of the way. The difficulty of this trail lies in the elevation gain. At 2,100 elevation gain, you need to be in good shape or plan to go very slow. If you have knee problems the hike down will be a challenge. See below for recommended gear and tips for hiking with kids.
The start of this hike is at the Weeping Rock shuttle stop in the Zion Canyon. In the winter between the end of November and March, you can drive into the canyon and park at the parking lot. All other times of the year you will take a 30-minute shuttle ride from the visitor center. In the winter go early because parking is limited in the canyon and the lot fills up quick. We found a spot just fine at 9:30 am on a Tuesday in early December but if you go during Christmas break or on a weekend you should try to get there around 7-8ish to make sure you find parking.
You will be climbing right from the getgo. The trail is paved and the views are seriously good motivation. My favorite part of the trail is when you get to a canyon and the towering red walls close in. Take some time to explore the slot canyon and play on the ice (if you get that lucky!). Once you get to the dirt and the trail is no longer paved you will know that you are getting close to the overlook......keep going. Scroll down for gear recommendations, tips & additional info.
Zion takes their slippery trails pretty seriously!
My companions for the day!