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Road Trip Recommendations - Zion and Bryce

Road Trip Recommendations - Zion and Bryce

Old Jun 24, 14, 12:43 pm
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Road Trip Recommendations - Zion and Bryce

Looking at doing a family road trip in September from Los Angeles and visiting Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. We have up to 6 days.

Any recommendations on what sites to visit, things to do?

Where to stay? Is 2 nights at each enough?
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Old Jun 25, 14, 6:58 pm
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day 0 get a head start after work and get out of LA area (maybe to Barstow)
day 1 AM drive to Zion, PM Zion, night in Springdale
day 2 Zion all day Springdale at night
day 3 AM drive to Bryce...night at Bryce
day 4 Bryce AM, UT 12 PM, night in Torrey or Boulder
day 5 Capitol Reef National Park night in Richfield
day 6 drive home with stop at Cedar Breaks NM and Kolob Canyon part of Zion

An alternate:

day 0 drive to Barstow
day 1 AM drive to Zion. PM zion
day 2 Zion all day..night in Kanab
day 3 day trip to North rim of Grand Canyon (maybe get a night at the lodge--if not then drive to Marble canyon)
day 4 Page ...night in Page
day 5 AM drive to Bryce, PM Bryce
day 6 AM Bryce, PM drive back to LA

These are just some added suggestions. You could do 2 nights in each as well.

Zion has a main part which is a narrow canyon. Unless you stay at the lodge inside the park you cant drive into this valley. can only access it via shuttle buses. In springdale there is a shuttle system that serves many of the h0otels and takes people to the cisitor center where you transfer to the poark shuttle which then takes you to stops in the park. numerous trails you can explore here.

there are two other parts of bryce you can drive into and then driving along Hwy 9 through the park. A popular spot is Watchmans tower (if I am recalling the name correctly off the top of my head)

for Bryce you ddrive to a bunch of view points for pictures. the main heat of the park you can drive to parking lots and walk dnd hike into the canyon and then view the hoodoos face to face. There arw a bunch of trails all around this area to walk around and explore. An alternate option through tour providers is to go into the canyon via horses, You really should make an effort to view the main amphitheater (sunrise, sunset, brycepoint) at sunrise and sunset.

just outside the park there is Red Canyon area you can explore as well and Kodachrome State Park about 10 miles from Bryce. If you stay at Bryce for 2 nights look to explore UT 12...its one of the most beautiful drives in the country.The best part is from Escalante to Boulder. along this road there are numerous trails you can take. In this area there are some side roads off of UT 12 that require high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle. Here you can explore Escalante NM and Capitol Ref National Park.
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Old Jun 26, 14, 8:45 am
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Some good suggestions from djp98374 above, though the whirlwind itineraries proposed are not for everyone. OP, how many and what ages are in your family? How well do you travel from A to B? What's your fitness level for going hiking?
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Old Jul 2, 14, 8:32 am
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With the exception of Bryce, I've been happy spending weeks in Zion and the Canyon Bryce is good for a few days. Bryce is best at sunrise - it faces east and you get the best colors and shadows for photograpy at sunrise.

You might also consider Red Canyon which is on the other side of the plateau - 80% of the scenery at 10% of the visitation.

This site: http://www.zionnational-park.com/ has tons and tons of info for the whole area, and for Zion in particular check out Joe Braun's site.

I often stay in Mt. Carmel Junction when I'm there but Kanab is also centrally located and has more dining options.
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