We'll be flying into Vegas on a Wednesday in early May, then spending the night in St George with family, and heading out very early Thursday AM towards Bryce Canyon NP. Any suggestions for things to see on the way? I read that Cedar Breaks will likely still be snow covered, but as a National parks passport enthusiast, I'm always looking for sites and monuments where I can add to my collection. I'm batting around stopping in Zion for awhile on Thursday, esp since its so close to St George and we can knock out a hike. I've been there briefly once before, and will be going again within the year to do a full trip at Zion, but I kind of want to do a hike that AM just cuz I'll be passing it. Then we plan to camp at BCNP for 2-3 nights. My main question is I'm wondering what everyone thinks about what are the best places to see in Grand Staircase Escalante National monument--ones that are accessible from the direction of Bryce? is it worth it to break camp at BCNP to then camp somewhere like Kodachrome while we explore Grand Staircase on our final day, or should we just save time and stay another night at Bryce and explore Kodachrome and Grand Staircase by car on our final day and just head back to Bryce for our final night of camping, then head back to St George the next day.
A few other random questions:
How about those reservoirs in St George? Would love to do a little swimming on our first and last days.
Favorite state parks? There seems to be a lot of good ones in the St George to Grand Staircase area.
If not Kodachrome for potential camping on the night we see GSENM, any other suggestions?
Any thoughts would be much appreciated!.