The Grotto has a lot going for it. Yes it’s where the famous Angels landing hike starts. I would recommend one of two things. My first recommendation is starting Angels landing at` 4pm to avoid the crowds and enjoy the evening light bathing the canyon in shades of gold, orange, and red. The second would be to leave earlier than we open. If you would like to explore this option please call us and discuss over night rentals.
All of that aside, I HIGHLY recommend doing West rim bottom up day hike. It’s one of my favorite hikes in the park, and yes I enjoy it more than Angels Landing. There won’t be anyone up there. Yeah, seriously! (If you’re interested do some google research or ask us and we’ll happily share). Finally, there’s a trail called Kayenta that heads over to the emerald pools which is substantially better than either of the emerald pools trails leaving from the Lodge. So if you’re wanting to see the pools make sure to use Kayenta.