Observation Point Private Day Hike

Zion National Park
5.0 (4 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Amazing view of Zion Canyon
  • Explore Echo Canyon
  • Top-shelf backpack & trekking poles
  • Look down on Angels Landing
  • Amazing natural and cultural history
  • Tasty trail snacks & picnic lunch

Description

This challenging, thrilling trek is complete with fantastic drop offs and awe-inspiring scenery looking down into Zion Canyon. Our route – on a maintained trail that is much quieter than Angels Landing – switchbacks its way up through red Navajo sandstone before cutting into Echo Canyon, a picturesque gorge filled with sandstone pockets. Beyond Echo Canyon the walls drop sharply, allowing truly breathtaking views. Finally at the top, looking down into Zion Canyon at a spectacular scene of stone sculptures contrasted by blue skies, you’ll likely feel that your hard work has never been this richly rewarded!

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

6-8 Hours
$145-$495 Per Person
Season: Feb-Nov

Season: Feb-Nov

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: National Park Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 6-8 Hours
Distance: 8MI / 13KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

  • Level 1: 2-6 miles, less than 500 feet elevation change on good trails
  • Level 2: 3-8 miles, up to 2000 feet of elevation change on good trails
  • Level 3: 4-10 miles, up to 3000 feet of elevation change on good to rugged trails
  • Level 4: 4-12 miles, up to 4000 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail
  • Level 5: 6-16 miles, up to 5,500 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves
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Rates

Rates

  • 1 person: $495
  • 2 people: $245 per person
  • 3 people: $215 per person
  • 4-5 people: $175 per person
  • 6-7 people: $145 per person
  • 10 and younger: $105 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include Utah sales tax (6.75%) or guide gratuity

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Use of crampons in the winter

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (3 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You will rendezvous with your guide outside the visitor center inside Zion National Park (see map). Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days before your hike to coordinate this rendezvous and answer any questions you have.

Start Times

  • March 15 – May 16: 7am
  • May 17 – Sept 26: 6am
  • Sept 27 – Oct 25: 7am
  • Oct 26 – March 18: 8am

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The maximum group size on this hiking tour is 7 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

Weather In Southern Utah

Weather in Southern Utah
Southern Utah is a high desert. The weather is very moderate: occasional dustings of snow in the winter that melt rapidly, and summer temperatures in the low 90s (°F) that often cool down with thunderstorms. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). The ideal time to be in the Canyon Country is Spring and Fall. Read below for average high and low temperatures in Utah’s Canyon Country:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
MonthHighLow
Dec-Feb43°18°
March55°27°
April64°33°
May73°40°
Jun-Aug88°

55°
September79°45°
October67°35°
November53°25°

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (4 reviews)
Jessica P.
5.0

Start training now!

2 years ago

Observation point at Zion is no joke. When they say it's over 200 flights of stairs it is! Better get stepping if you want to try this trail. Oh and if you do ask for Wally Brandt best tour guide you will ever have.

Donna W.
5.0

Helpful and Knowledgeable Guide

3 years ago

Our guide was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about our hike and a number of related topics that came up during our 5 hours together. The day was a bit pricey for our normal way of hiking but well worth it!

Chuck T.
5.0

Excellent Hike and Guide

4 years ago

Hike with Adam to observation Point was excellent. Adam did a great job sharing his knowledge of plants, geology, & geography. Lunch was superb.

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