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First time visitors Arizona and Utah

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First time visitors Arizona and Utah

We will be traveling to the southwest from June 6th to June 14th. Two adults and a 12 and 14 year old. This is our itinerary so far. We plan to do a lot of hiking but nothing super long.

June 6th- Arrive Las Vegas 12:30p

Overnight Las Vegas- Excalibur

June 7th- Depart am for Sedona. Overnight in Sedona

June 8th- Overnight in Sedona.

Sedona: Slide Rock State Park, Chapel of the Holy Cross and Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock hikes

June 9th and 10th - overnight Maswik Lodge

Hike South Kaibib to Cedar Ridge. Other Various stops on rim and possible ranger program.

June 11th - Overnight in Page

Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Considering Colorado Float - Is this necessary or would a short tour on Lake Powell work.

June 12th and 13th - Overnight At Zion Lodge

Hike Angels Landing and up Narrows from Riverside trail

June 15th - Depart 12:50am flight from Vegas

We are into nature and hiking. We don't need fine dining or shopping. Is this reasonable? Or too much? Are we missing any essentials.

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1. Re: First time visitors Arizona and Utah

You've done your homework - you'll have a great time.

If you have added time in Sedona, you might want to consider a hike in Boynton Canyon. We found the views great and much less crowded than Cathedral Rock. I would certainly visit Chapel of Holy Cross, Bell Rock and Cathedral but you will find less crowds at Boynton.

Lake Powell is great but I would say only if you have a full day . If so rent a motorboat, bring a tube to tow and try to find a hidden side canyon for a private swim and picnic. The kids will love it.

In Zion if for any reason the Narrows is off limits due to river conditions you might like the short hike on the opposite side of the tunnel. Bring lots of water for the Angels Landing hike it's a beauty but start early.

Not sure where you are the 14th. If you have time you might want to consider a drive to Bryce Canyon. Not very far.

Enjoy your trip.

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2. Re: First time visitors Arizona and Utah

Hi and welcome to TA!

In Sedona you might want to consider doing the Pink Jeep/Broken Arrow tour with the kids. They will have a blast!

You also have the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon South Rim that you can walk to. South Kaibab you will have to shuttle to or walk the two miles! Both trails are beautiful with SK being the steeper of the two!

In Zion the Angel's Landing Trail is awesome, but that last .5 mile is very strenous and treacherous! Have a care with the kids or only go as far as Scout's Lookout! There is also Observation Point which is another great hike. At the end you are actually looking down on Angel's Landing!

Have a great trip!


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3. Re: First time visitors Arizona and Utah

You've got a great trip planned but you might be a little over ambitious with the time you have available.

In Sedona, go to the Chapel and hike Bell Rock or Cathedral, but no need to do both. If you find time for another hike, try somthing on the other side of town like Boynton as suggested. Slide Rock is in Oak Creek Canyon and isn't really a hiking destination, but a fun place to walk, and play in the creek in hot weather. West Fork is a great hike in the canyon in the summer. You will drive through Oak Creek Canyon as you arrive in Sedona from LV and again on your route up to the GCNP.

At Page, you won't have time for more than 2-3 activities. Antelope Canyon is a priority IMO and then I like the float trip in Glen Canyon and possibly adding the Horseshoe Bend Overlook hike.

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4. Re: First time visitors Arizona and Utah

At the time of year you're traveling I would try for the morning departure of the float trip out of Page. The canyon is in shadow at that time of day (7.30 AM) and therefore much more comfortable than the mid-day trip. The AM trip wraps up at about 1:00 PM, so you could easily "piggy-back" an Antelope Canyon tour onto your day's activities. If you don't have your heart set on seeing the sunbeams, plus you'll probably want to have lunch after the float trip, you could travel with Overland Canyon Tours at 2:00 PM, Chief Tsosie at 3.00 PM, or Roger Ekis at 3.30 PM.

Boat tours on Lake Powell are fun too - it's just a completely different feeling than the float trip. Tours vary in length from 3 hours (Navajo Tapestry) to 7 hours (all-day Rainbow Bridge). Another popular tour is the Canyon Princess Dinner Cruise (2.5 hours).

Hope that helps.

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