We (DH, 19 & 22 yr old sons and I) are taking a trip 5/16 (Sun) - 5/22 (Sat). We visited the GC when they were 6 & 9 but they don't remember. The oldest son will graduate on 5/16 so we can't leave on Sat. The youngest may be taking a college summer class that would start 5/24. We are pretty set on dates. We didn't hike at GC because they were to young, now DH has knee issues (2 prior surgeries) so our hiking/walking (as least for him and I) will depend on his knee. Here is my itinerary.
Day 1 (Sun.)
1:00 flight arrives at Las Vegas.
30 min. to get bags and car??
1:30 on the road to GCNP South Rim
6:30- 7:00 arrive in time for sunset
Maswik for 2 nights
Day 2 (Mon.)
Explore all day at GCNP look outs in both directions. Try to get DH down a couple of trails to at least get a feel for "below the rim". I'm sure the boys will want to do some short hikes on their own.
Day 3 (Tues)
Get up early and check out sunrise. Yes, laughing to myself regarding boys getting up that early... they can do it. I'm sure they will be excited. They were blown away by the Xanterra GC home page picture. Check out anything we did not get to on Monday.
Today we drive to Page. No hurry, its the journey.
Stop at Navajo Bridges, Lees Ferry, Cliff Dwellers Lodge in Marble Canyon for lunch or dinner depending on time. Walk out to Horseshoe bend.
Page. Drive out to the NP Lake Powell Lodge for sunset & dinner or dessert. This seems like the closest place to see the lake.
Days Inn for 2 nights
Day 4 (Wed)
GC Dam tour in morning
1:00 Colorado River Discovery Tour 1/2 day
Grab a pizza and chill at the hotel pool or whatever.
(note: not planning on the Antelope canyon at this point)
Day 5 (Thurs)
Up early drive 3 hours to Bryce Canyon (by noon?)
Will we see any of the Grand Staircase on Rt 89 on our way to Bryce? I was looking at the "back road"up but we will have a full size car not an SUV.
Explore Bryce the remainder of the day.
It sounds like food options are not that great. We could grill at a picinic area in the park. (we are campers, leaving camper at home :(
1 night at Best Western Grand (not yet reserved)
Morning at Bryce until around noon.
May look in to the mule trail ride in the park. Still checking the forum for reviews. Is it worth $200 for the 4 of us?
Drive to Zion (2hrs)
Explore Zion the remainder of the day.
1 night at Quality Inn at Zion.
Explore Zion until noon. They have a 1 hour horse ride in the park for $160 for the 4 of us. Seems short not sure if it would be worth the $)
Drive to Las Vegas (by 3:30) for our 5:30 flight.
Just a note: We visited Sedona on the other trip and missed South Utah because it was dark. We went to Salt Lake City.
I appreciate your input. I've been reading trip reports, posts, etc. for a month! (not kidding)
I wish we had time to spend 2 nights in Bryce and Zion but we don't and we would really like to see what we can see in the time we have.