Zion was the second to the last place Steele and I visited on our epic roadtrip last winter/spring (our last was the Grand Canyon). We camped on BLM land outside of the park, because free!, beautiful, and quite. For once (all of my friends that know my researching ways you can be shocked at this moment), I actually have no clue what the area we stayed in was called. I probably could research & tell you, but check out this blog post (thanks Google) that has all the beta on the BLM lands around Zion! BLM lands, dispersed camping through the National Forests, and free local spots are absolutely how I kept the expense of traveling for over four months on the cheap. I love our public lands and so wish the east had more! (end tangent)
Our climbing partners did their first big wall in the park, while Steele and I explored! And by explored I mean, hiked Angel's Landing! I will say if you're not afraid of heights and in decent shape, this is definitely a must do! I would not have brought Steele if he wasn't in a carrier. Even if you're afraid of heights or exposure, consider hiking the first two paved miles up to Scout Landing. It's a wide area that would be perfect for picnic (which is what Steele and I did before finishing out the last .5 mile to the landing) and has restrooms.
Zion is stunning. Angel's Landing was our only longer hike in the three days we were there. Part of that was being available to our climbing partners if anything should arise on their first big wall. They ended up topping out right at sunset of day two of the climb and we got to watch them on the last few pitches from the shuttle stop two photos up. Steele and I took one of the last shuttles out and got the Jeep to pick up the guys (since by time they hiked down the shuttle service would have ended). Before they even got down, the S tribe ended up running shuttle for the nicest climbing couple that had just missed the last shuttle. Once the guys were retrieved, we hustled to the Mexican restaurant in town and got awesome food right before they closed!
Next time we go, I've got us a long list of hikes and we will definitely stay longer!
Have you been to Zion -what were your favorite hikes?