East Mesa Trail to Observation Point is located near Carmel Junction, UT, and East Zion National Park Entrance. A leisurely hike to the highest viewpoint in Zion National Park and one of our favorite trails in Zion, NP.


NOTE: The trail from Observation Point down to Weeping Rock is closed due to a considerable rockfall on the Observation Point Trail/East Rim Trail and Weeping Rock. However, East Mesa Trail to Observation Point and the East Rim Trail at the East Entrance remains open. For current updates > Zion National Park Website


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It’s late October, and it’s chilly; it’s quiet, and from the start of this trail, the tranquility was apparent. At this early hour, we are the only ones here.

Begins on a flat, easy walk down an old dirt road through a forest of green and gold. Peaceful and slowly starting to warm up.

I Love sharing my favorite backpack, favorite hiking boots, and favorite hiking socks.

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In about two miles, the first views appear, and we descend a bit into what can only be described as “wow.” Next, canyon walls appear, and the trail becomes red sand as we approach Observation Point.

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From this point on, we are in awe and wholly enthralled as we approach the lookout and take in all the dramatic cliffs and canyon walls. 

Items not to forget on this hike!

Sony Alpha a6400 Mirrorless Camera, my favorite hiking camera, small, lightweight, and beautiful photos


Observation Point Lookout, and it’s daunting and gorgeous. The edges are not protected as we look down on the iconic Angel’s Landing. With binoculars, we can see people making their way up Angel’s Landing. They look like ants from here.

Right down the center, the Virgin River is far below. The sun has yet to reach the bottom of the canyon within Zion NP.

The edge did make me nervous, so I took in the views from farther back. However, some were more daring. 

On the return hike, we wandered down a few social trails; it was hard to leave this area. We both felt this was one of the most memorable trails we’ve hiked.

Avid or beginner hikers, this trail is a must-do!

As of Oct 2022, the trails from Zion National Park to Observation Point are closed within the park. This hike is open. 

The East Mesa Trailhead is on dirt roads behind the Zion Ponderosa Resort. On the east side of the Park near Mt. Carmel Junction along Route 9. Turn north onto the paved North Fork Road for 5.4 miles, then turn left onto the dirt road that heads under the Zion Ponderosa gate. Follow Pine Angle Road. Signs have been placed at intersections to point the rest of the way. The dirt roads are easily accessible by car, but reconsider if snow or muddy conditions exist. The East Mesa Trailhead has enough room for only a few cars to park. 

Another option is to pay for a shuttle located nearby from Zion Adventures.


 7 miles out and back

Rated: Easy/slightly moderate

Located: East Zion National Park

No dogs

No restroom at the trailhead



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