I really appreciate the information. I've scouted deer up there in the past with no sign of elk but I was closer to strawberry ridge so I will definitely spend time elsewhere as well. My debate was deciding if I wanted to spend my summer scouting the SW desert/Indian Peaks area for a good spike as it's mostly public with lots of elk, or spending time on Cedar mountain hoping to find a bull. I guess having the Panguitch unit directly to the north does make things nice as I know 1 or 2 spots I've seen small groups of elk in the past.
Again, I appreciate what you have been willing to share. I'll get my trail cams up there in the spring and keep you posted on what I'm able to find.
One other thing to add. Archery elk tags are statewide. If you aren't having any luck on the Zion unit, you can cross highway 14 and chase cows and spikes on the Panguitch unit.
There's a lot more public land on the Panguitch unit and a lot more elk. The only drawback is that it is not open bull, but cows and spikes are fair game!
I actually shot it on private land. People are correct when they say that it's tough to hunt elk on public land on the Zion. But without a limited entry tag elk hunting is tough on public land everywhere in Utah. Heck, it's even tough on private! Don't feel too discouraged though. I have a buddy who is an elk hunting fanatic and he kills an elk every year on public on the Zion unit, so it definitely can be done. You just have to do your homework and go to the places nobody else will go. My friend is pretty tight-lipped about where he does his hunting , but I do know he has got into them in the general area of Navajo. I know lots of people who have gotten into elk around Navajo. Check out the Webster's Flat area also. I don't have a lot of knowledge about finding elk on the public land parts of Zion, but I do have buddies who prove that it can be done. Oh, and did I mention that one of my buddy's elk was a 350" bull? He is on Instagram as shedcrazy. You should check him out.