East Rim Trail is a tough hike in Zion National Park that features amazing off the beaten path scenery and solitude. There is seasonal water available at Stave Springs. Check with rangers before relying on it as a water source however. The park says "the trail starts at East Entrance trailhead and climbs 1,000 feet onto the rim with views into Jolley Gulch and the east side slickrock areas. The first stretch of trail offers sweeping views of the slickrock areas on the east side before walking through the high ponderosa forest. After you traverse the rim the views of the Echo Canyon basin open up as you near the East Rim. After hiking over the rim of the canyon you sharply descend 2,300 feet down to the floor of Zion Canyon ending at Weeping Rock, passing through Echo Canyon and down the Observation Point Trail. This area has no established campsites but does require a permit." East Mesa, Deertrap, and Cable Mountain trails are accessible from the East Rim Trail. There are three campgrounds in Zion National Park. The South and Watchman Campgrounds are located in Zion Canyon. The Lava Point Campground is roughly an hours drive from Zion Canyon on the Kolob Terrace Road.
Entrance and Camping Fees, Backcountry Permits Required
Contact: Zion National Park Springdale, UT 84767