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Help with Planning Utah Trip to Zion / Bryce - Lots of Questions

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So I'm planning a family vacation for us and SIL. Total of 8 people (4 adults in their 40s and 4 kids ages 17, 14, 11 and 9). Most of the people are in pretty good shape except for me. We have about one week, maybe 8 days tops and will be flying into Vegas.

High on my list are Zion and Bryce. I initially considered trying to do Arches and Canyonland, but decided it would be too much car time an not enough time to experience it all. We will either be traveling March 29 to April 5ish or April 19th to 27ish.

One or two other places that caught my eye that I'd like to work into the trip are doing some kayaking or other boat type excursion in Glen Canyon NRA (it seemed there were a lot of outfitters located in Page, AZ) and possibly visiting Vermillion Cliffs, the Wave, Buckskin Gulch, or Antelope Canyon.

So here are my questions:

1. Should I be concerned about the weather during that time of year. I'm under the impression if we go in early April there may be snow in some places but I'm not sure how that will impact our experience. We do plan on doing a bit of hiking. Perhaps taking horses/mules into Bryce. Any advice?

2. I've had a non-stop request from my 10 yo son to go to the Grand Canyon while we are there. I've considered driving out to the North Rim, but I'm unsure of how to experience it. (I remember being distinctly let down the one time I was a the Grand Canyon, when I was 10. We went, we saw it, we left. It was crowded. There was no mule ride like on the Brady Bunch. I didn't complain but looking back it's never the experience I want to go for.) From reading about it on Trip Advisor, I'm not that interested in going....but if anyone wants to talk me into it for the sake of making a kid happy...I'm happy to listen.

3. We will rent a car. Does it make sense to move around (2 nights near zion, 2 nights near Bryce and 2 nights near Page, AZ or Kanabe or should we just do Bryce from our Zion lodging and then move on two the Glen Canyon Area.

4. Does anyone have an recommendations about where to stay in the Glen Canyon area. I'm not necessarily looking for recommendations for hotels, but more where to look...Page, AZ?

5. Based on the above does anyone have any suggestions for a more specific Itinerary. I was thinking Zion, Bryce, Glen Canyon Area and then Back to Las Vegas, but I thought someone suggested ending with Zion in a post.

Thanks in advance for any advice or insight.


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