When you live in Iowa its hard to get out and visit all the great backpacking spots (Zion is an 18 hour drive). We want to get the most out of Zion that we can in one go. I was hoping to leave a car at the Lee Pass trailhead and take a shuttle to Chamberlain Ranch. We would make the Zion narrows a 2 day ordeal. From there I was thinking we would connect to the Trans Zion trails and hit up the rest of the park.
I would like to camp as close to angels landing as possible after leaving the narrows so that we can hit it up early in the morning before it becomes crowded. But for the life of me I cant seem to find any resources that show where the campgrounds are in Zion. At first I thought that we would be able to camp near Echo canyon and then head out in the morning. Its not really looking like the best idea.
Perhaps we would catch the shuttle to one of the regular campgrounds and then hop on in the morning again.
I think i'm going crazy. I'm also not sure where we would camp along the West Rim trail. (I honestly haven't gotten that far.
We will be traveling with a group of either four or six. We are all fairly fit and are not afraid of a little work. That being said we would prefer to keep our days under 10 or so miles. I know that climbing out going east to west is going to be a beast. At least its mostly down hill from there ;).
Any help is appreciated.