Zion National Park, Utah, car/tent camping with dayhikes

Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
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Zion National Park

Watchman Campground · Springdale, UT

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Zion National Park is 750 miles from the El Paso/Las Cruces area. It is an approximate 12 hour drive via the I-25, I-40 route.

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The plan is to spend 4 nights car/tent camping at one of the most wondrous national parks in America. We will leave the El Paso/Las Cruces area very early on Wednesday, March 15, for the approximate 12 hour drive to the park and return on Sunday the 19th. I have reserved and prepaid two adjacent camping spots within the Watchman Campground of the park. Each site will accommodate 6 people and has several tent pads for our tents. The 6 person limit per site is strictly enforced by the park rangers so this outing has a 12 person limit. The Watchman Campground will be our base-camp for Wed. Thurs. Fri. and Sat. nights. Sunday morning we will drive back home. We will have 3 days to do the various day-hikes within the park such as the East and West Rim hikes, Angels Landing, Hidden Canyon and the Canyon Overlook among others.

There is a $25.00 per person fee, payable in advance, for this outing. I have prepaid the camping fees. You can pay me in cash if you see me prior to the outing or sent a check to: 7308 Camino Del Sol, El Paso 79911. Anyone who has not paid at least 3 weeks before the outing will be placed on the wait-list. This will allow time for folks who really want to go to have planning time. There is also a national parks entrance fee of $30.00 per car which includes all occupants unless you have a parks pass.

Please make your own carpooling or driving arrangements. I will be leaving from EP at 6am Wednesday morning from the Starbucks/Kohls parking area off of Redd Rd. in west EP. Again it is a 12 hour drive so we should arrive in the early evening. The park is in the Mountain Time Zone. Sunset will be at 7:35pm on the 15th.

General Information: The campground has fire grates, picnic tables, water, and restrooms. Spring temperatures are generally mild. Little snow falls in Zion Canyon, but snow can accumulate on the plateaus. Spring is an ideal time to visit the park. Temperatures generally range from 40 F at night to 75 F during the day. The Visitor Center offers a wide variety of information and services such as books, maps, free brochures, and exhibits. The park also has a museum.

Bring all of your favorite food and drinks.

Dogs are not allowed on this outing.

Trails: Angels Landing is a 4 hour strenuous hike with long drop-offs and narrow trails. The East Rim is a 7 hour strenuous hike and the West Rim is a 12 hour strenuous hike. Watchman and Hidden Canyon are moderate hikes. Canyon Overlook, Weeping Rock, and Emerald Pools are easy hikes.

Another option on maybe the afternoon of the last day would be a short drive, 76 miles, to Cedar Breaks National Monument to check it out.

Angels Landing: There is no view more dramatic than what you see hanging onto a chain bolted into a cliff. Angels Landing is one of the world's most renowned hikes, and is an unforgettable short adventure hike worthy of all bucket lists. The views will astound you!

Cedar Breaks National Monument (76 miles from Zion)