Zion National Park is incredible.
We were lucky to get a camping spot in the heart of Springdale, only a few minutes walk from the park entrance. The Zion National Park has a walk-in campsite (South Campsite) itself, but in the peak summer months we were told it was full by 7:30am each day, with people lining up from 5am to be sure they get a spot.
Day 1 in Zion for us started by getting up to Observation Point to take in our surroundings from the east rim of the canyon walls. The trail starts from the Weeping Rock bus drop-off point and immediately starts to zig-zag up the canyon wall.
After a short while it rounds a corner and you suddenly find yourself in a narrow, winding canyon as the trail flattens for a short distance.
After the narrow canyon, the trail opens back up and you begin to climb the steep canyon walls again.
Once on top, the trail follows the east rim of the canyon for about 1km. It passes several turn-offs for other trails over the mesa, but keep taking the left turns and you’ll soon arrive at Observation Point, which provides excellent views of the canyon and overlooks Angel’s Landing.
On the way back down we decided to go and explore Hidden Canyon. A short detour off the main Observation Point trail, only a couple of hundred meters from the trail head. Access involves a short traversing around a rock face with chains for those who are uncomfortable with exposed sections – an experience that becomes somewhat frequent in Zion National Park.