Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Zion National Park
Utah, September 17-22, 2022
The Club booked Group Campsite at Watchman campground for Sept 17-22, 2022. The number of occupants is 20 people, and eight vehicles. The cost per person of five nights is $41. If you are interested in this trip, please contact leader
There are many hotels in the Springdale near the park entrance. You are welcome to stay at hotel and join the activities with us.
Zion Trip Itinerary September 17-22, 2022

Saturday, September 17

Road trip (400 miles) from Phoenix to Zion, stopping at Page for lunch or along the way. Set up camp in Watchman Campground and prepare individual dinners.

Sunday, September 18

We’ll hike a few short and easy trails today: Emerald Pools, Hidden Canyon, and the Pa’rus Trail.
•  The Emerald Pools Trailhead is across the road from the Zion Lodge. It’s an easy 2 miles RT hike, with 150' of elevation gain.
The Hidden Canyon Trailhead is accessed from the Weeping Rock parking area. This hike is also 2 miles RT, but it’s more strenuous, with 850' of elevation gain. There are a few sheer drop-offs along the way, so this hike is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights.
The Pa’rus Trail runs parallel with the Virgin River for one mile from Canyon Junction to the Zion Visitor Center. (This will be an optional hike for those wishing to hike one more mile for the day).
Optional lunch at Zion Lodge Café. At the Visitor Center take time to browse and see the continuously running film on Zion National Park. Hike from the Visitor Center back to the campground. Potluck dinner tonight.
Monday, September 19

Hike the Echo Canyon Trail and Observation Point Trail to Observation Point. This is a strenuous 8 miles RT hike, with 2,150 feet of elevation gain to the point and breathtaking views along the way, looking deep into Zion Canyon. This hike is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. The trailhead is located at the Weeping Rock Picnic Area. At 5:00 PM we’ll pick up our reserved gear for hiking the Zion Narrows (next day) at the Zion Adventure Outfitters in Springdale.

Dinner in Springdale. We’ll save the leftover potluck dinner for Tuesday.

Return to the campground and prepare for individual dinners or dinner in Springdale.
Tuesday, September 20

Hike the Narrows as far as Orderville Canyon and then Wall Street, if possible.

Wall Street is about one hour beyond Orderville Canyon in the Narrows. From the Temple of Sinawava, hike the paved one-mile Riverside Walk to the Narrows mouth. This will be an 8-10-mile RT hike right through the Virgin River bed and the deepest section of Zion Canyon, with walls of sandstone soaring hundreds of feet above the river.

Return to the campground and Leftover potluck dinner.
Wednesday, September 21

Hike the Kayenta Trail to Scout Lookout, Angels Landing (optional), and beyond on the West Rim Trail, which continues for miles to the northwest, deep into the heart of the West Rim of Zion Canyon. The trail starts across from the Grotto Picnic Area and is paved to Scout Lookout. Four miles RT, with 1,000 feet of elevation gain to the lookout. From Scout Lookout, the trail to Angels Landing is another mile RT, with an additional 500 feet of elevation gain. Anyone with a fear of heights should avoid this trail.

Return to the campground and prepare for individual dinners or dinner in Springdale.
Thursday, September 22

Take down camp and pack all gear away for the trip back home. 11:00 check-out time.

If time permits, check out the scenic Canyon Overlook Trail on the way out. The trailhead is on the east side of the Mt. Carmel Tunnel, but parking is very limited. One-mile RT, 165; EC

Road trip (400 miles) from Zion to Phoenix, stopping for lunch along the way
Zion National Park, Utah
updated June 13, 2022