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Itinerary for Summer Trip: Bryce, NR Grand Canyon, Zion Suggestions?

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Hello! My family, DH and 3 sons ages 8, 8 & 6 will be travelling to UT this summer. I have been reading suggestions all over the forum about stops and where to stay and trying to work with reservations. So far we have the following trip laid out:

Day 1: Arrive Las Vegas Friday mid day, travel to Bryce stay at Bryce Canyon Lodge
Day 2: Hiking trails in Bryce
Day 3: Early horseback ride Bryce, drive to North Rim of Grand Canyon
Stay grand Canyon Lodge in Western Cabin
Day 4: Hike trails NRGC
Late afternoon head to Zion (or head to Coral Sands State Park?)
Day 5: Hike Angel's Landing or similar trail in early morning (Zion)
Tube on river or splash in Emerald Pools in afternoon
Day 6: Hike the Narrows (Zion)
Relax by pool in afternoon?
Day 7: Zion Canyoneering
Day 8: Zion Horseback ride, afternoon return to Las Vegas
Day 9: Meet up with family in Las Vegas, see the sites in the city or possilbly Hoover Dam
Day 10: Fly home

We have considered a completely different route where we go Las Vegas to Moab on the first day, go see Arches then on to Bryce. It would mean a really long day the first day and probably taking a day off of Zion. On one hand we see Arches and maybe Capital Reef or something. On the other hand it means more driving and less doing. Thoughts would be appreciated.


I should mention that I have reservations in Zion at the Desert Pearl Inn. I have some nights in the other areas in the parks but I do not have the reservations and this plan completely aligned yet. I am hoping that with persistent calling I will be able to get the nights I want. I am just trying to figure out what I want and how to be flexible if I need to be.

Questions:
Is it going to be too hot in July in Zion to have this trip and enjoy it? I think my kids will do fine with enough water, sunblock, hats and rest but I'm not certain.

Are we spending too much time in Zion? It seems like there is a lot to do here and while I know there is so much to see in UT I would rather spend time doing, not driving.

As a follow up to the above question, are we spending enough time in the other parks? My sons are not old enough for the mule ride in the NRGC but are old enough for the other activites in Zion. Is there something we are going to be close to that we should not miss? I should say that the kids get bored after a short time just seeing scenery. DH & I would much rather have them doing then driving.

For example we think Antelope Canyon looks beautiful! We don't think we can get there this trip. (Or can we?) Is there a place on this route that would have similar slot canyons?

Should we change this trip to start at Salt Lake City (or end there?) would that allow us to see more or go more places? Should we just leave Arches for another trip? I know I already posted some questions but this is much more focused thanks to all of your help. I thought if I started over from scratch it would be more clear.

Thank you for all ideas you have.

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