We pull into Watchman Campground, one of the three(one only 6 sites) where we have a full hookup site. It is a beautiful campground and also wet as it starts raining as we are setting up. Unfortunately it is not the only rain we have in our four nights here.
We have been here a couple of times before but first time actually camping in the Park itself and we love it. I forgot how beautiful it is with the tall red cliffs surrounding you where ever you look.
Wednesday we wake up to a cool morning but it ends up being a gorgeous day. Just right, not too hot for hiking but not too cold either. And hiking is what we did. We first took Savannah for a walk around the campground as she can't come on any of the trails except one which we will take later in the week. We walk over to the visitor center which isn't far from the campground and get on a shuttle. The shuttle is the only way to get around on the Zion Scenic Drive to see most of the beautiful views and trails. If you stayed on the shuttle, it would be around a 80 minute drive. It is a great system. The shuttle makes stops at all the trails and you can get off and then back on another bus when you are done with your hike. Unlike Bryce, where you start at the top of the rim and head down, in Zion you start at the bottom of the canyon and hike up. We have been on a number of the trails before and decided to do the Emerald Pools trail which is a little over a mile uphill from the Zion Lodge, which is on the shuttle run.