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Arches to Bryce to Zion to North Rim Grand Canyon

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Arches to Bryce to Zion to North Rim Grand Canyon

We are taking a 15 day trip to all of the above locations. We are camping in all of the above locations in May, 2014 over 10 days. The rest of the time is driving time from and to Texas. We are stopping by the South Rim on our way back and doing a helicopter ride. We have camping reservations at Arches and North Rim already for a week each. We plan to give back days whenever we get the middle of our trip worked out. We start at Arches since Grand Canyon is closed at the start of our trip. We are tent camping. We have three kids- 14, 11 and 9 who are all athletes. We plan to hike as much as possible. How long should we spend at each place?

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1. Re: Arches to Bryce to Zion to North Rim Grand Canyon

Welcome to the forums, Lonestarmommy.

So 10 days/9 nights for Arches/Moab, Bryce Canyon, Zion and North Rim, right? How about 3 night Arches, 1 at Bryce Canyon, 3 at Zion and 2 at the North Rim? That's a starting point at least.

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2. Re: Arches to Bryce to Zion to North Rim Grand Canyon

Agreed with Ohio. I might even drop a night at Zion and stay in Capitol Reef, to break up the trip from Arches to Bryce. Capitol Reef has some great short hiking like Cohab Canyon, Golden Throne, Sulpher Creek, etc.

Arches will also offer access to Canyonlands and Moab is THE mountain biking mecca. You can rent from several shops and they''ll set you up with appropriate trails. http://www.discovermoab.com/biking.htm

A float trip down the Colorado River would be fun too. Lots of options to choose from in the area.

Check out Goblin Valley and Little Wild Horse Canyon from Arches to Capitol Reef. The kids will love climbing around on the rocks and running around the goblins. After Capitol Reef, hike Calf Creek Falls on the way to Bryce.

At Bryce do The Navajo Trail and Queen's Garden which the park service has called the world's best 3-mile hike. Sounds like a fun trip.

Zion will have great and varied hiking options as well. Definitely do The Narrows, #5 on National Geographic's top 100 American Adventure list. If they can handle heights do Angel's Landing. Might be too much for the younger children, in which case try the Canyon Overlook Trail. Click on a trail for a description and photos.

www.citrusmilo.com/zionguide/allhikes.cfm

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3. Re: Arches to Bryce to Zion to North Rim Grand Canyon

Good idea from shake801 about taking a day from Zion and spending a night in Torrey (actually several good ideas but I really like this one!).

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4. Re: Arches to Bryce to Zion to North Rim Grand Canyon

Yes, staying in Torrey will make a great addition.Or try camping at Fruita Campground in Capitol Reef. NR to SR is a 5 hours drive and some places to see on the way like House Rock Valley, Marble canyon, Navajo Bridges and Lees Ferry. Often condors are sitting under Navajo Bridge. Bring binoculars. Also buy cookies at Jacob Lake Inn. They are delicious.

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