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GCSR and southern Utah in May- itinerary feedback?

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I got great feedback from folks last year planning my Ireland trip, and now I’m back to plan a US adventure. I’m 30, relatively fit, love hiking, and I will be traveling solo if it matters. I probably will fly in/out of Las Vegas and want to visit Grand Canyon South Rim, Moab, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. It will be my first trip to the area. It’s a lot to aim for. I’m comfortable with a packed vacation schedule, and often prefer it to too much downtime, but I want to be sure I’m being realistic about my timing, especially with the amount of driving necessary. I do need SOME flexibility to relax, after all. My rough itinerary:

May 1-15, 2014

Day 1- Arrive Las Vegas and make the drive to Grand Canyon South Rim, assuming I can get an early flight from the East coast to allow for driving time. I’ve booked Bright Angel Lodge for 2 nights.

Day 2- GC

Day 3- GC to Page. Is it possible to see Horseshoe Bend and tour Antelope Canyon with an early start?

Day 4- Page to Moab. This looks like a long drive- what to see on the way? I thought of the Delicate Arch hike for sunset if the timing works out.

Day 5/6- Arches. Delicate Arch and Fiery Furnace hikes at least.

Day 7- Canyonlands

Day 8- ?- I’m getting muddled here. Not sure if I want another day in Moab, or if I should head for Torrey, maybe visiting Goblin Valley en route. Anything else on the way to see? Is Torrey a logical stopping point on the way to Bryce Canyon?

Day 9- With a full day in Torrey, I would visit Capitol Reef. I at least want to do the scenic drive and a short hike, see the petroglyphs. If I stayed in Moab, I would drive to Torrey this day and either try to visit Capitol Reef on arrival, or fit it in the morning of Day 10.

Day 10- Capitol Reef in AM if needed, Rt 12 to Bryce Canyon. What to see? If I visit Capitol Reef, is this making too long a day? Bryce evening program (Saturday). Stay in Bryce lodge (need to book this soon!)

Day 11- AM Bryce hike- Navajo loop/Queens Garden?; then to Zion. Will probably stay in Springdale.

Day 12/13- Zion

Day 14- Zion to Vegas

Day 15- Home

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