All of my outdoors experience (backpacking, hunting) has been based here in the central East Coast. Lots of backpacking in the Appalachians, mainly in the Shenandoah.
My SO and I are going to be spending 3-1/2 days in Zion Nat'l Park in early May. We are looking to do some dayhikes; probably about 10 miles maximum per day and something shorter on the first partial day.
What should I expect? The weather doesn't look too bad, average high of 83°F, I expect it to be less humid, though. Flash floods look like the might be dangerous.
Looking for suggestions from those who have "been-there-done-that" on items such as:
-Maps: (USGS topos [accurately] show the trails?) Which ones? Source? I get my local ones from REI.
-Day Hikes (This site seems like a good starting point. What are your suggestions?)
-Gear: What might an east-coaster not think to bring?
-Water: Are there safe places to filter along the trails? For day-hikes I usually only bring 2 qts/person.
Is it May yet?
ETA: Thanks to R6006A's subway hike post, it convinced the SO to make Zion part of the vacation.