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Need help to plan Antelope canyon + sun dance festival trip!

Need help to plan Antelope canyon + sun dance festival trip!

Old Jun 9, 15, 10:40 pm
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Need help to plan Antelope canyon + sun dance festival trip!

Hi all,

I plan to check out some of the national parks and Sun Dance festival in Park City next January 2016. Iím coming from Malaysia so I have very little knowledge about the region so really appreciate your help to plan this.

Currently, my schedule is still flexible. I just know that I will have around 8 days for both the parks and the festival. The must doís for me are:
- I have always wanted to see Antelopeís canyon but Iím not a photographer but I would love to check out the famous narrow slit canyon there
- I definitely want to watch a few movies but I also want to do some snowboarding at Park City
- I donít mind spending 3-4 nights driving (with a rental car) around the area checking out different national parks and then 3-4 nights in Park City, or vice versa. I noticed on forums that everyone ALWAYS does the grand canyon + Bryce + Zion + Antelope canyon trip but only the Antelope one is a must do for me. Iíve seen the south rim so itís not especially a must do for me although my two friends coming with me, havenít been there so I donít mind making a stop there too if it makes sense for the route

Appreciate tips on what makes sense. I am flexible as to whether I fly into Salt Lake City to start the whole journey or fly into Phoenix/Vegas. I can start at one city and end at the other, whichever makes the most sense for the whole trip.
Iíve not found a lot of searches of people going to the national parks in January so Iím a bit concerned that maybe we canít even enter some of the parks in winter? Any tips?

Really appreciate the help!!

Thanks,
Joanne
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Old Jun 10, 15, 10:44 am
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I don't think you have enough time to do Antelope Canyon, snowboarding, AND the film festival. 8 days would be enough if you only do two. The drive down to Antelope Canyon is about half a day in good weather, but in January that is very questionable, so be prepared to alter your plans. How comfortable are you driving in snow in very sparsely populated areas?

Keep in mind that the slot canyons become unsafe due to flash flooding in wet weather.

If you stick to 8 days, I'd say you have:

Day 1: Arrive SLC. Four nights in a hotel in SLC/Park City/Provo area
Days 2-3: Sundance
Day 4: Snowboarding
Day 5: Drive to Page. Two nights in hotel in Page
Day 6: Antelope Canyon
Day 7: Drive to PHX, LAS, CNY (Moab), SGU (St. George), CDC (Cedar City), FLG (Flagstaff). Overnight.
Day 8: Fly out

Not much room if the weather rears it's ugly head (which is more likely the farther north you are).

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Old Jun 10, 15, 6:54 pm
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Thanks for the feedback!

If i drive from SLC to Page, that's around a 6.5 hour drive right? Is there anything in between to stop and see and do? Would there be snow and ice on the roads given the time of the year or fairly safe to drive?

A bit hesitant to drive so many hours just for Antelope and then drive so many hours again back to one of the big cities (Vegas, Phoenix). If we drive from Antelope to Vegas, is there any other canyons we could stop by for a night that makes sense or everything would be a pretty big detour?
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Old Jun 11, 15, 11:29 am
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Not that I know of. All of the slot canyons I know about are along the Arizona/Utah border between Kanab and Page. I'm not as familiar with the area between Bryce Canyon and Provo, so someone else could chime in there.

6.5 hours sounds about right in good weather. It's mostly two lane roads (one lane in each direction), but there's little traffic. Weather would be your main concern.

Are you able to add a few days to the trip? If you could make it say 11 days that'll give you a few buffer days if you need to alter your plans, and if the weather turns out to be good then just spend more time snowboarding or more time in Page or some of the National Parks in southern Utah (Zion, Bryce Canyon, grand Staircase, Grand Canyon, etc), or spend a few days in Vegas or Phoenix.

An alternate destination you might consider is Moab. It's quite a bit closer to Park City. Then you could fly out of either CNY (Moab) or GJT (Grand Junction, Colorado).

But look into flying out of one of those smaller airports I mentioned in post 2. They're quite a bit closer than SLC, LAS, and PHX.

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Old Jun 11, 15, 12:24 pm
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Hi Joanne, welcome to Utah! Coincidentally I have a friend flying out here from Malaysia around the same time next year!

As the others have said, the driving is going to sap a lot out of your schedule. The winter roads can be unpredictable. There are several stretches of I-15 that can be quite snowpacked during a storm as they are over 6000 ft, especially around the Cove Fort area and Cedar City to a lesser extent. There is absolutely nothing of interest between Provo and Cedar City unless you're into Mormon history (Cove Fort) or looking at cows.

Watch your speed when going through the Fillmore area and especially around Beaver - they will pull you over for going 1 mph over.

I do second the suggestion of Moab and/or some of the national parks instead of Antelope Canyon - they are closer to SLC, and just as interesting. Dead Horse Point and Arches are right outside of Moab. Another option is to take a flight from SLC to St. George (SGU) and drive from there - it should only be a 2.5 hour drive and you'll skip the high elevation passes in Utah. Having a base out of St. George for two days will also put you in close proximity to Zion.
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