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Travelling with toddlers from Las Vegas to Zion and Bryce


Aug 2nd, 2011, 05:39 PM
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Travelling with toddlers from Las Vegas to Zion and Bryce

Hi there,

I am planning a trip in mid October with 4 year old twin girls. We will fly from NYC to Las Vegas and have one week. We want to visit Zion and Bryce. I am having a difficult time navigating the distance from Las Vegas to the parks. We'll probably start with a bang and drive from the airport to Springdale. After two days drive to Bryce. Question is, where to stop on the way back to Vegas? Any great/interesting/special hotels or stopping places? Should we go all the way back to Vegas and spend a night there before getting on the plane home?

Any special activiites that shouldn't be missed with the girls?

Thanks for any input!!
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Aug 2nd, 2011, 06:26 PM
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It's a three hour drive from Las Vegas to Springdale, Utah/Zion National Park if you don't make any stops.

It's about another hour and a half from Springdale or Zion Canyon to Bryce Canyon without stops.

On the way back from Bryce to Las Vegas you have several great options.

Drive up to Panguitch and take Hwy 143 past Panquitch Lake to Cedar Breaks and maybe stop in Cedar City or St. George for the night. 265 miles

Return driving back on Hwy 89 and taking Hwy 14 over to I-15. You can also make a detour to see Cedar Breaks National Monument this way too. It's a much smaller version of Bryce. 250 miles not including Cedar Breaks.

You can return driving though Zion for one last look and a picnic in the park. 247 miles

If your girls don't like the mountain driving..and the first two are mountain drives, you can go up to Bear Valley Junction and cut across on Hwy 20. 262 miles

Cedar City and St. George make great places to spend the night or you can just make it all the way to Las Vegas.

Between Cedar City and St. George is the Kolob section of Zion National Park. Just a few miles north of St. George is Snow Canyon State park and beside a scenic area they have a sand mountain to play in. Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada is another place that you can easily drive to before reaching Las Vegas. Besides scenery they have a lot of petroglyphs. October should be cool enough in Nevada to comfortably get out of the vehicle and explore this area.

We camp, so can't help with lodging.

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Aug 2nd, 2011, 06:30 PM
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Forgot about the activities. In Zion the Riverside walk is an easy two mile round trip. You don't have to go all the way if they get tired. Riding the free shuttle buses was always fun for our grandson. Weeping Rock and Lower Emerald Pools hike are something they might be able to do. If it's warm enough you might go take a dip in the Virgin River. The river can be very low and slow or high and fast...so check before going.

In Bryce my son did the Queen's Garden hike at the ripe old age of 3 1/2. Just keep a good eye on the girls near the rim of the canyon.

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Aug 4th, 2011, 01:02 PM
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utahtea has given you great advice. Also--be prepared for cold weather in Bryce. It is at higher elevation and might be chilly (not freezing) in October.

In Springdale, the best places to stay with kids are the Desert Pearl Inn or the Cable Mountain Lodge.

The Kolob Canyon section of zion is very nice--uncrowded and a little stream winds through one of the trails. Our kids had a blast--hike a little, play by the creek a little. (it was very small in the fall--you should not have a problem in October)

October 20--that weekend--is fall break for Utah schools this year. Zion will be beyond crowded. If you are going that weekend, make your reservations NOW or there won't be a room left! Bryce will be less crowded, but still very busy.
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