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Bryce and Zion - itinerary and timing questions

Jan 24th, 2019, 06:42 AM
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We were in Zion and Bryce over Memorial weekend last year. You can see our blog here for some info on hikes.
We stayed at the Marriott which was right at a bus stop and a great new hotel!

https://wordpress.com/post/totraveli...dpress.com/235
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Jan 24th, 2019, 08:39 AM
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Thanks so much odie1! Very helpful. (I'm starting to worry that the National Parks won't be open by May....)

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Jan 24th, 2019, 08:40 AM
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odie1, that link doesn't work for me - it brings up wordpress, but a blank page. I tried two different browsers...

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Jan 24th, 2019, 04:02 PM
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I'm sorry Alice. So frustrated with Wordpress. I think I need to make my own blog site because they really are awful. It appears the majority of the photos that went with the blog don't load as well...

Perhaps this link will work?

https://totravelistolive678431148.wo...trip-to-bryce/
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Jan 24th, 2019, 05:21 PM
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No one can predict when and if our dysfunctional government will get going, but normally making lodging reservations only 4 months in advance would be very, very late. Under these circumstances I don't know what you will find. For the Utah NPs, don't look on a travel booking third party site. Most of the options have no need for these sites and don't list their properties on them. Look directly for "Springdale, UT lodging" and book directly with the hotels. I would certainly ask about cancellation policies under the current situation.

May is a great time to go as far as weather. The parks are jam packed nearly all year round so don't expect solitude. Do take time to hike down among the hoodoos at Bryce. It's magical and well worth the small effort.
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Jan 24th, 2019, 06:59 PM
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If you click on my user name you will see trip reports for Zion and Bryce. I loved staying at Cable Mountain Lodge--across the river from the main entrance. In both of these parks I much prefer to stay outside the park, More dining options, etc.
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Jan 28th, 2019, 01:42 PM
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Yes, that link worked, and I'm leaving that tab OPEN!

Thanks so much.

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Jan 28th, 2019, 01:45 PM
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Dayle, I'm finding a number of open rooms, since they're cancel-able, I'm just taking a few and I will cancel after I investigate a bit more. And I usually like to book directly with the facility, rather than with a third party, why should they pay the fee?

StantonHyde, thanks I will check out your trip reports. And I definitely want to stay outside the parks, especially, as you say, for more dining options.

So much help, you all are great!

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May 4th, 2019, 02:50 PM
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Okay, here's the final itinerary for those who asked -
We fly into Las Vegas on 5/15 and drive to Zion (noting the time difference!).
Stay in Zion 3 nights. The 4th day we may spend in and around Zion and then head to Bryce in the afternoon.
Stay in Bryce 3 nights. Leave early the last morning and drive to the Hoover Dam and then to Las Vegas for one night. Fly home the next day.

We stay in Springdale and Tropic, I just checked the parks and there are no cancellations for the lodges.

I noticed a number of alerts for Zion about some closed trails due to storm damage. We plan to book horseback riding in Bryce, haven't really thought about if we should book anything else ahead. Have NO idea what we'll do with our short time in Las Vegas, ideas welcome.

I'll plan to post a trip report when we return.

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May 4th, 2019, 03:55 PM
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You said you like to hike.

With 3d at Bryce you have time to explore beyond what 99% of the tourists visit.
Here's the NPS trail map.
https://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvis...on-Guide-2.pdf
The most common trail to hike is the Queens Garden/Navajo loop, and you'll definitely see many other people on those trails.
The Peekaboo Loop is a relatively easy add-on to QG/NL trail to make the Figure 8 loop which is close to 7 mi total, and you'll essentially have that trail to yourself. The Figure 8 loop took me 3hrs (I'm a fast, solo hiker) Or you could do the Peekaboo Loop on it's own starting at either Sunset point or Bryce point. You may come across the Horse/Mule rides, so if you do give them the right of way.

Another great trail is the Fairyland loop. It's a longer trail, 8.5 total miles loop (closer to 9.5 if you start/end at the lodge like I did a few years ago, but not really strenuous. Chances are you'll encounter fewer than one handful of people if you hike that trail. Total hiking time for that trail took me ~4hrs.

For hiking I like to use the AllTrails app on my phone and download trail maps beforehand. I expect these trails would also all be on Google maps. You'll be out of cell range if you're down in the amphitheater, so download google offline maps from wifi before you venture out.

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May 4th, 2019, 04:18 PM
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At Zion I see that Obs. Point trail is closed due to rockfall. If you were considering Obs Point (relatively short but ~2k' vertical gain.) then give the hike to Scout's Lookout a try. It's on the way to Angel's Landing. I don't have the nerve to AL, but Scout's lookout gives you great views of the valley below. If you do go to Scout's Lookout, go about 100 yards further towards AL, around one outcropping where you hold onto a chain for stability but it's not a hard 100 yards. You'll then have a clear view of the trail to Angel's Landing and there's a nice quiet spot to picnic.

Narrows is still closed due to high water. Current flow ranges from 300 to 500 cubic feet per second (cfs). The # can come down pretty quickly if snow melt tapers off. Or not.... I believe the flow needs to be at or below around 100cfs before they let you hike up the Narrows so it's still quite high. Keep an eye on the flow at this link. Local outfitters in Springdale will know if it's open when you get there.
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?09405500
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May 5th, 2019, 05:24 AM
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The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is 13 miles northwest of the Flamingo Resort. It has a scenic loop and visitor center. Good for an hour or so.
Walking through Caesar's Palace complex is interesting, and, as I mentioned up thread, Mon Ami Gabi is our favorite for breakfast.

Have a wonderful time!
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May 11th, 2019, 01:39 PM
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JB2, thanks for the tips, I don't think I'm an AL person either, but will see about Scout's Lookout - and thanks for the link to the NPS trail map!

travlsolo2, I'll see if we have time for the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, and you're the second person who's told me to walk through Caesar's Palace! And I do like a good breakfast before we have to leave...

Looks like the weather will be in the 60s in Zion, 50s in Bryce, which is fine by me. Working on my packing list.

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May 12th, 2019, 07:38 AM
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Loooking forward to your trip report!
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May 12th, 2019, 11:48 PM
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Between overcrowded Zion and Bryce is Cedar Breaks
In my opinion, the sunset view at North Point is one of the finest of all three parks
At 10,000 feet, the stars are brilliant - a memorable spectacle

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May 13th, 2019, 03:26 AM
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Cedar Breaks is wonderful, but before you go there make sure the roads are open. Late April one year we wanted to visit and there still was about six feet of snow on the road which had no likelihood of being plowed any time soon.
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May 14th, 2019, 09:53 AM
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https://www.nps.gov/cebr/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Utah Highway 148, the main road through Cedar Breaks, is currently CLOSED. Visitor Facilities such as restrooms and the Visitor Center are also not available. When snow-depth allows, visitors may access the park via skis, snowshoes & snowmobile.
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May 19th, 2019, 10:53 AM
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Alice here. Update: We got to Bryce yesterday, Zion was great, details later. Yesterday was cold, but clear, and we even got in a hike this morning. But right now it’s in the 30’s windy and snowing! NO visibility. Tomorrow looks the same. So, we just decided to be flexible and leave for Vegas a day early. We really hadn’t planned to spend any time there, just stay the night before flying home. Now that we’ll have some time - what should we do? Recommendations welcome!

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May 19th, 2019, 11:45 AM
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Go to Valley of Fire state park and Red Rock Canyon National Monument.

VoF is between Zion and Vegas, closer to Vegas and a bit east. You can spend time at VoF and then continue through and drive around the end of Lake Meade to Hoover Dam then back to Vegas.

Red Rock is about a half hour west of Vegas.

If you want something for a whole day trip from Vegas, head up 95 to Beatey then go west over the mountain and down into Death Valley. After you leave Beaty, look for the sign for Rhyolite, a ghost town with a house made of beer bottles for bricks, a quick stop. When you get to the top of the ridge, there is a pull off with eco toilets and a fabulous view of the valley.
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May 19th, 2019, 12:06 PM
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We had planned on Hoover Dam, and I knew about Red Rock. QI’ll look at Valley of Fire, thanks Malloy!

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