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The blanket of stars that illuminates the night sky is a welcome nightcap to a day filled with active pursuits. To book the Las Vegas to Zion National Park bus tours on the Globerouter.com website, and to experience the best vacation destinations in & around the Zion National Park. And when it's time to come back from the refuge to reality, the 166-mile drive from Las Vegas or the 308-mile drive from Salt Lake City is just about the right amount of time to process all the beauty you just experienced.

Observation Point

When you crest the Observation Point trail, you'll find yourself at an elevation of 6,521 feet atop Mount Baldy and enjoying a bird's-eye view of just about all of Zion National Park's top attractions, including Angels Landing. Because hikers will ascend 2,000 feet during this 8-mile, round-trip hike, it's not for the faint of heart. Make sure to wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water, since some of the trek will expose you to full sun.

One traveler recommends hitting the trail early to avoid high temperatures and also suggests pacing yourself for the strenuous uphill hike and the return hike's descent. Bringing a packed lunch isn't a bad idea either, since the trek will likely take you three to four hours.

To reach Observation Point's trailhead, travelers can take the park's free shuttle to the Weeping Rock stop. You'll then trace the East Rim Trail until you reach the summit. Similar to other attractions inside Zion National Park, visitors will have to pay a weekly fee of $30 per vehicle or $15 per person on foot.

Watchman Trail

The 3-mile round-trip Watchman Trail doesn't ascend the red, 6,545-foot-tall Watchman Spire but rather affords a spectacular view of it, as well as the expansive valley beneath it and some desert cacti and greenery along the way. As the trail only ascends about 400 feet, it's a good trail to start out on for those new to hiking.

Previous travelers called this a "nice moderate hike," though some recommend doing it early in the day to avoid the direct sunlight that bears down at midday. Because the trailhead is near the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, one visitor recommends skipping the long lines of the free shuttle in favor of hopping on this trail first.

You'll find the trailhead for the Watchman Trail near the visitor center, across from the shuttle stop. Remember to bring plenty of water, slather on sunscreen and start your hike as early as possible, since this trail is fully exposed to the blazing Utah sun.