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In S Utah, rethinking itinerary b/c of Nat'l Parks closures. advice pls?

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My husband and I are now in Springdale, Utah and are trying to figure out how to rearrange our carefully-planned itinerary. After a 2 year work assignment in California, on September 30 we began a cross country drive back to our home in Georgia. We planned to take around 15-16 days for the drive, spending the bulk of the time in Southern Utah, with a few brief dips into Northern Arizona.

Here’s the original itinerary:

Day 1, Sept 30: drive to Yosemite, stay at Yosemite Lodge on the valley floor
Day 2, Oct 1: drive to Nevada, stay at Cowboy’s Dream b&b in Alamo, NV
Day 3, Oct 2: drive to Grand Canyon, stay in cabin on the South Rim, dinner at El Tovar
Day 4 &5, Oct 3&4: drive to Zion, stay 2 nights
Day 6&7, Oct 5&6: drive to Bryce, stay 2 nights in the park
Day 8&9, Oct 7&8: drive to Torrey, stay 2 nights
Day 10-12, Oct 9-11: drive to Moab, stay 3 nights
Day 13, Oct 12: drive to Canyon de Chelly, then stay 1 night in Gallup, NM
Day 14-15 or 16, Oct 13-14 or 15: drive interstate to Georgia, stay along I-40

So you can see that the government closed at the end of our first day of the trip. We were able to stay at Yosemite, as planned. In fact, we added a night there, pushed back our Nevada b&b by a night, and cancelled the Grand Canyon (indeed it was a mutual cancellation because of the government shutdown).

We are now in Springdale, the first of two nights.

I know that we can fill tomorrow with driving through Zion on rt 9 – apparently we won’t be allowed to stop - but my question is what to do after that. It doesn’t seem likely that the government will reopen in time for this weekend, so we will need to replace our 2 nights of Bryce lodging fairly quickly. Our reservations in Torrey and Moab will be fine since they’re not in closed parks.

I’m wondering if there is enough to fill 10+ days in the area should the parks not re-open – what do you guys think? I’ve been making a list of recommended sights that are in state parks, so I know we’ll be occupied for several days: Dead Horse State Park, Goblin Valley State Park, Fisher Towers are all on my radar.

The other alternative is to shorten our stay in the region. I haven’t yet checked availability (we were driving across Nevada with little-to-no cell or wifi reception yesterday and much of today) but it’s possible we could try to go right from Springdale to Torrey then to Moab, eliminating the two days that would have been devoted to Bryce, and maybe also reducing the Torrey/Moab bit from 5 nights down to 3 or 4. We’ve thought about driving down to Durango and doing some other fun drives and maybe getting home to Georgia early.

We’re in our late 50’s/early 60’s. My husband is super interested in geology and exploring all of the rock formations that he can. I'm happy to see and photograph any natural beauty. We will be able to do some short walks but nothing longer than a couple of miles because of a recent unexpected medical procedure.

Anyway, we’d appreciate any insights, as we’re pretty much making this up day by day at this point. Thanks!

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