I'm leading our Boy Scout troop to Havasupai in early April. I just found out that Havasupai is closed to visitors until May 1st due to flood damage from rains last year. I have 28 people signed up to go and now I need to find a new location.
I'm looking for ideas where I can take 20-30 scouts & adults on a 20 or so mile backpack over three days, two nights in early April. We are based in Orange County, Southern California, so it has to be within a one day drive. The Sierras and local mountains will still have lots of snow, so they're out. We've been to Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego many times. We're looking for something new. I've checked Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce and all have limits on group size much smaller than 20. Any other ideas?