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11 days in So. Utah + No.Arizona

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11 days in So. Utah + No.Arizona

Hi,

We are driving to Zion on 6/25 for 2 nights, then Bryce for 2 nights, then Moab for 2 nights, then Page for 2 nights, then GC South Rim for 2 nights, then red-eye home.

We are mostly planning Ranger-lead and DIY hikes. Not super-strenuous up to 2-3 hours.

Besides (lots of) water, do you recommend snacks? Trail mix? Or more substantial?

The other items we planned are: Long scenic drive from Bryce to Moab, and Long drive from Moab to Page, Antelope Canyon, 3 hr. bike ride at So. Rim,

Day on the beach at Page--suggestions for swimming?

Any recommendations are welcome.

for our long drives, or anything else that wouldn't be obvious to first-timers.

Also good places to eat with more-natural food/vegetarian?

Good places to swim?

"not to miss" places?

thanks much

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1. Re: 11 days in So. Utah + No.Arizona

Pretty good plan. Only suggestion I would make is to trim Bryce to one night and add Torrey as a midway stop en route to Moab. That will give you more to enjoy the fantastic views on route 12 from Bryce to Torrey, plus give you time to experience Goblin Valley and Little Wild Horse Canyon en route the next day to Moab. On the Moab to Page drive, a stop in Monument Valley would be nice. If you could add a night or take one away from Page, would be worthwhile.

Any of the water you find will be cold river water so swimming is somewhat of a mixed bag. Page should be good.

You will find many food choices in most of your destinations. Many good restaurants in Springdale. Cafe Diablo in Torrey, Desert Bistro in Moab, etc. - all top end with natural ingredients and many vegetarian choices.

Have fun.

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2. Re: 11 days in So. Utah + No.Arizona

Plan on the entire day to drive from Bryce to Moab via scenic byway/route 12, Capitol Reef, and SR 24. A nice place to stop for lunch on that route is in Boulder. A forum favorite is Hells Backbone Grill, though all the cafes there are good. We enjoyed the restaurant a couple blocks down the Burr Trail.

No need to depart from Zion early, because unless you are planning some type of activity for Bryce(ie horse trail ride or ATV), that park does not take a lot of time to absorb. As you are leaving Zion look for Canyon Overlook trail. Closer to Bryce, there is a public land rec area called Red Canyon that is worth an hours stop.

In Bryce you will want to visit the main amphitheatre naturally. While there, there are two trails that depart from the rim, namely Queens Garden and Navajo Loop. These two trails take you below the rim. They can also be combined to form a loop. The newspaper publication for bryce does a nice job detailing the hikes. At Bryce you will also want to look for the scenic drive, and the short Bristlecone trail up at Rainbow point.

In Zion, the shuttle runs in the main canyon. Notable and easy hikes should include Riverside walk(gateway to the Narrows), Lower Emerald Pools, and Parus trail. A longer(2-3 hr) and more strenuous hike is West Rim Trail from the grotto up to Scouts Lookout, which offers a great view of the canyon, and a look at the famous Angels Landing spur trail.

Many good restaurants in Springdale, including Oscars, Arkansas Als, and Switchback Grill www.zionpark.com

At Bryce, the Ruby's properties are not known as quality places to eat, though I have not found any legitimatereason to really complain. I do not know where you are staying there, but you can try the dining room at the park lodge for one of your nights. www.brycecanyoncountry.com

Moab is another town which is full of restaurants. My experience here is limited, but look for a copy of the menu guide when you stay there. Plan on your full day for Arches. The three sections? there include Devils garden up to at least landscape Arch, Windows section including my favorite Double Arch, and Delicate Arch. Delicate arch is good for late in the day when it is cooler. The trail up to it is long and somewhat strenuous. Also in Arches is an actual ranger lead hike called Fiery Furnace, in which you must secure tickets for in advance(I do not think you will have time for this one though.

Keep in mind with just two nights in Moab, you may be hard pressed to fit in canyonlands and DHP state park. Best views in canyonlands is from Grandview point. Dead Horse point in the state park is the obvious view there. www.discovermoab.com

Between Moab and Page is Monument valley. Try and plan on a stop there. The view from the observation platform of the mittens plus a visit to the visitor center shouldn't take more that an hour. One thing to note is the entrance fee to this Navajo park is per person, not per carload.

At GC there is just a multitude of overlooks. Our ride out to hermits rest was beneficial. One spot to look for is the desert view watchtower and visitor center, located just as you get in the east park entrance. Naturally spend time at the park village and the lodges. The walk there will be crowded, but all roads lead there anyways.

Edited: 23 June 2013, 17:27
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3. Re: 11 days in So. Utah + No.Arizona

For your snack and trail mix question I always take a Clif bar and an apple for lunch while out on the trail. Doesn't need refrigeration and they're easy to carry.

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