Lava Point Campground, Zion National Park

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Lava Point

Backpackers may know about Lava Point, Zion as the start of the West Rim Trail, but anyone can appreciate the beauty of the canyons and the vastness of the park stretching out from this vantage point. Read More

  • Get a perspective of the park from its highest point at 7,890 feet high.
  • Watch in wonder as the California condors spread their 9-foot wings and sail the thermals.
  • Start the West Rim Trail, a 16-mile trek to Angel's Landing, where Zion Canyon is on full display.

Overview

Lava Point is an ancient formation that was created by flowing lava. It stands at 7,890 feet and towers above the rest of the park, making it one of the best vantage points. 

From the overlook, the entirety of the park is laid out. Massive extinct cinder domes are easily seen, some of which sit ten miles away.

The remoteness of Lava Point lends a feeling of isolation to the area, making it a perfect place to get away from the summer crowds that can overwhelm.

Location & Information

Positioned in the northwest corner of the park, Lava Point is 22 miles from Virgin, with a final 1.5-mile, unpaved section. The unpaved sections of the road are impassable when wet, and only the first 14 miles are plowed during winter.

If you're on the Kolob Terrace Scenic Drive, Lava Point will be on the southeast side of the road.

For more information, contact the Zion National Park directly.

Zion National Park
Springdale, UT 84767
(435) 772-3256
http://www.nps.gov/zion/

Activities

Most visitors to Lava Point are on the Kolob Terrace Scenic Drive. The Lava Point Lookout offers a sweeping view of the entire park system, giving a great perspective over the canyons.

Hikers will appreciate the descending West Rim Trail from Lava Point to Angel's Landing. A full 16 miles of trail link these incredible viewpoints, starting with the initial vantage point and climaxing at the final crescendo of Angel's Landing.

Bird watchers will enjoy watching the California condors sail through the canyon thermals, a magnificent sight, given their history of nearly becoming extinct.

There are six primitive camping sites to appreciate the alpine desert night, which require no fees or reservations and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fun Facts

There is a natural spring near the Lava Point Campground, Zion. If you have GPS device, the park rangers office will be happy to give you the coordinates so you can find it for yourself!

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