Best kept secret of Zion National Park, Observation Point.

Down below sits the infamously overcrowded Angel's Landing.  I liked my quiet view up here MUCH better. 

Down below sits the infamously overcrowded Angel's Landing.  I liked my quiet view up here MUCH better. 

Taking the Trail less traveled in Zion National Park..

What if I told you the ever popular hike Angels Landing in Zion is not even in the top 3 best hikes there?  
I'm reluctant to even write this article about Observation Point, since its seclusion is what I enjoy the most but with the rapid growing popularity of the park, its a good thing to know. This one of my favorite hikes and in my opinion, best views in the National Park. One of my favorite things about it is not dealing with busy crowds.  It overlooks Angels Landing, which most of the buzz is about on social media. But if you dont like hiking in line with hundreds of others, this may not be what your looking for, although it is a great hike. Personally though, I like some seperation from my fellow outdoor entusiast alot of the time on the trail. So if you like a more quiet experience with breathtaking views, check out Observation Point . Here's what you need to know. 

Early Birds get the worm, but the birds who got to their spot the night before, get to sleep in and watch the early birds working hard to get to the top of Angels Landing. I caught these first few hikers of the day with my Telephoto lens above them. 

Early Birds get the worm, but the birds who got to their spot the night before, get to sleep in and watch the early birds working hard to get to the top of Angels Landing. I caught these first few hikers of the day with my Telephoto lens above them. 


Its about 8 miles round trip and has alot of switchbacks, so eat a solid meal before hand, wear comfy shoes and bring plenty of water (especially if your hiking in the mid afternoon, to avoid it hike late evening or early early morning.) If your a backpacker try and get an overnight permit a few days in advance. If you do, you can camp right on the on edge of Zion enjoying some insane views of a vivid milky way moving across the sky, swinging in a hammock counting shooting stars(I counted over 20, no joke) until you fall asleep only to wake up in the best seat in the house for an epic sunrise overlooking Angels Landing. Below you can admire the thousands of years of work from The Virginia River carving through the park and watch Zion come to life as all the campers wake up.

Below sits the campers fires and the Virgin River along the valley. Above sits one of the most brilliant displays of the Milky Way I have ever seen. It was a week before a major meteor shower and I saw over 20 shooting stars. You can even see one in this photo if you look close, to the right of the middle of the Milky Way. 

Below sits the campers fires and the Virgin River along the valley. Above sits one of the most brilliant displays of the Milky Way I have ever seen. It was a week before a major meteor shower and I saw over 20 shooting stars. You can even see one in this photo if you look close, to the right of the middle of the Milky Way. 

I woke up to this view in my hammock after falling asleep to shooting stars.                                        Couldn't ask for a better start to your day.             

I woke up to this view in my hammock after falling asleep to shooting stars.                                      

 Couldn't ask for a better start to your day.