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Old Jun 21st, 2020, 04:01 PM
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Bryce and Zion

I am planning a quick trip from Salt Lake City to Bryce and the next day to Zion. I only have 1 day in each park. Where should I stay and which trails are “must sees”
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Old Jun 22nd, 2020, 03:09 AM
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Bryce: Early in the day, drive to the various look out points on rt 63. Inspiration, Natural Bridge, etc, all the way out to Rainbow Point. Hike the short Bristlecone trail.

Mid day, hike the Queens Garden/Navajo loop figure 8 trail.

End of day, drive to Zion and stay in Springdale.

Zion. As of this writing the shuttle system is not operating so they are only letting ~400 cars per day into the park proper.
https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvis...t-my-visit.htm

Demand is likely to be many times that so expect to be turned away. The link above give more info (for mid June). Summertime it will get worse. If getting in by car is a must-have, then you'd need to be in queue and ready to go very early in the day. I have no idea if that means lined up a 4am, 5am, or whenever so hopefully someone else can chime in with exact current conditions.

Even if you get in with your car I would not count on being able to drive between the various trail heads. If you bring a bike you can navigate the entire canyon without the car limits. The canyon is ~10mi end to end with a gradual uphill all the way. Very rideable if you are a regular bike rider.

Trails: If you get in either by car or bike, start at the far end at the Temple of Sinawava & hike a short distance up the river into the Narrows. Even a hike just ~1/2mi past the end of the paved Riverside Walk trail will give you a good feel of this iconic hike.

Other hikes - my favorites are Scouts Lookout (on the approach to Angel's Landing) and Observation Point. The former will give you spectacular views of the canyon 1000' below and you can see hikers traversing the narrow ridge to get out to Angel's landing. Or go for it yourself.... Both of those are listed as "strenuous" hikes but well worth it in my opinion.

If you are not game for Scouts Lookout, then you can do the less strenuous Weeping Rocks & Emerald Pools trails. With limited parking you'll need to map out your parking day. If you brought a bike and can get in by car, then consider parking for the day at Zion Lodge then riding around from there.
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Good advice from J62. If it is too crowded at the valley, look to the separate section for a hike or head up to Cedar Breaks which will probably have fewer visitors.
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What time of year?? That makes a big difference.
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Old Jun 27th, 2020, 05:31 PM
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Zion just announced that as of 7/1 cars will be banned and shuttles will resumed. Reservations required.
https://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm
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