Southern Utah Trip Advice
July 19, 2008 10:22 AM Subscribe
Looking for advice about how to allocate time for a one week trip through Southern Utah's national parks and monuments.
posted by saslett to travel & transportation around Utah (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend and I have one week off the third week of August. I've done some hiking and camping before and gotten hooked; she's never done either. I've convinced her to take a trip with me to Southern Utah to try hiking but I've been unsuccessful in convincing her of the merits of camping. Oh well, at least the hotels are reasonably priced.
Our rough itinerary is as follows:
Day 1: Fly into Las Vegas, drive to Zion National Park, arrive very late afternoon/early evening.
Day 2: Hike in Zion.
Day 3: Hike in Zion.
Day 4: Drive to Cedar Breaks, spend a couple of hours there, drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Day 5: Hike in Bryce Canyon.
Day 6: Hike in Bryce Canyon (try to get a spot in the Moonlight Hike).
Day 7: Make the long drive back to Vegas to recuperate, eat at a nice restaurant, see a late show.
Day 8: Fly out of Vegas.
As for specific hikes, I'd like to do Angel's Landing (if my girlfriend is up for it) and the Narrows in Zion. We have no specific hikes planned out for Bryce. We're not really looking for advice about specific hikes in these two parks, but if you want to share any info, we're glad to have it.
Instead, my questions are:
1) Should we spend one or two days in Bryce Canyon?
I've heard horror stories about the crowds in late August and some people seem to think the park is worth only about a day's visit. That said, I've heard good things about the moonlight hike and we'd need to be there on the second day to do that.
2) If we should spend only one day in Bryce Canyon, what should we do with the extra day? Grand Staircase? Capitol Reef? Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon (neither of us have seen it)? Something else?
My only concern with fitting in something extra is whether the additional driving time would be worth it.
3) Are these national parks accessible at night if you're not camping?
This will be my (and her) first trip to a national park and I'd like to be able to gaze a bit at the night sky.
That's it. Thanks in advance for your help.