United States Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Help me plan a family trip to southern Utah / Grand Canyon in June '13

Jump to last reply

I am hoping to plan a trip to southern Utah and the Grand Canyon in early June '13. I am worried that I may be too late to get the best accommodations so I'm looking for some quick advice on planning our itinerary. Travelers: two grandparents (early 70s), me and my DH, and our 5-year-old and 17-month-old daughters.

This trip is inspired by my older daughter's obsession with the Grand Canyon. (She currently wants to be a geologist or an archaeologist.) Our current targets are the Grand Canyon (definitely North Rim, but preferably both rims), Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Canyonlands/Capitol Reef. We will have approximately 10 days including travel, so 8 on the ground. We plan to rent a seven-passenger vehicle of some sort, either a minivan or large SUV. We would like to avoid long days in the car, but we do enjoy driving and don't mind a few hours of travel broken up by sightseeing or a short hike. Since we are traveling with my in-laws and young children (one walking and one carried in a backpack), we will be looking for short (<2 miles), relatively flat hikes that still let us take in the fabulous scenery. All of the adults have been to this area many times before, but this will be our first time with the little ones, so it will be a new adventure for us.

It looks like we could fly into Phoenix or Salt Lake City. Las Vegas seems too far away since we aren't planning to visit Zion on this trip. Which city makes the most sense? I'm struggling to develop a loop that allows us to return to the arrival city to avoid drop-off fees but also minimizes long driving days. Any suggestions on the order we should see the parks? We'd like to do two-night stays if possible, but will do one-nighters if it makes sense. Any suggestions for family-friendly lodgings that might be slightly less popular (and more likely to still have openings in June)? We are all experienced travelers and enjoy a little luxury (we understand that we won't get that from park lodging) but nothing ridiculously expensive (<$200 per night per room). Any ideas for short scenic hikes or sights that would interest our 5-year-old are also welcome. She enjoys the outdoors, wildlife, rocks, rivers, dinosaurs.

Thanks!

56 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Santa Barbara Itinerary Help Needed
  2. 2 Scouting trip for possible move to SoCal -- advice on itin, please
  3. 3 best area to stay in san diego
  4. 4 Vegas hotels for families
  5. 5 East Coast trip including DC, New York and surrounding areas.
  6. 6 Finally!!! Santa Fe/ Albuquerque Family Christmas Break 2014
  7. 7 Studio-size Apartments, Guest Houses for rent, Ojai and Ventura
  8. 8 Trip Report A weekend in Boston area with Friends (including 2 teenagers)
  9. 9 Lake Tahoe to Yosemite: advice needed
  10. 10 Two airports to choose from?
  11. 11 Palm Desert California recommendations for dining
  12. 12 Beaufort, NC or Wilmington, NC?
  13. 13 Sonoma and Napa Wine Country - How bad is it after the quake?
  14. 14 San Francisco - mid October
  15. 15 A few NYC questions about 9/11 memorial tours and more.
  16. 16 Key West Dry Tortugas
  17. 17 Trip Report Part Three of an 18 Day RV trip - Seward
  18. 18 Pizza Recs in the Bronx Area
  19. 19 Where to go to hear good Hawaiian Music in Kauai?
  20. 20 layover
  21. 21 Trip Report Bears and Traps. Our Grand Alaska Sea & Land Tour
  22. 22 Which cross-country route, I-40 or I-80?
  23. 23 Trip Report Part Four of an 18 Day RV trip - Homer
  24. 24 Kayaking to Chinaman Hat/Kaneohe Bay Sandbar/offshore Islands in Dec?
  25. 25 Mequite NV, Where to Stay for One Night?
View next 25 » Back to the top