Thanks for your assistance w/planning our trip. The TA archives were invaluable.
My husband, daughter and I visited Zion & Bryce NPs for a week late in October. We flew into Vegas and as we drove toward Zion, I was at first disappointed with the scenery. However, by the time we reached Zion, the beauty had awed me.
Zion was stunning with its mix of red, orange, pink and white mountains of rock and sandstone. I believe we hit the height of the fall foliage with the trees bearing beautiful red and yellow leaves. The town of Springdale is charming with lovely little inns, shops and restaurants. We are light hikers so we did the easy hikes. We also toured around in our car. Our favorite hike was The Narrows. We rented the dry-pant/footwear apparel, and hiking sticks. We started out slowly, but with the encouragement of dd, a natural, we got very quick at moving along. The water did reach dd’s and my waist occasionally (both 5’4”). It was an amazing experience and provided a unique perspective. We saw some wildlife in Zion, such as big horned sheep, wild turkeys and mule deer.
We drove to Bryce NP one day and found it striking in its beauty. We spent the day looking at the hoodoos from near and far. There were many amazing panoramic views of the entire area.
We also took short trips, one to the Kolob Canyon area in the northwest corner of Zion about one hour from Springdale. These are quite beautiful, but not really different from other areas of the park. The drive up through the tunnel on the eastbound road out of Zion is spectacular and unique, and passes by checkerboard mesa at the exit from the NP.
We ate at the Bit & Spur, the Spotted Dog, and Pizza Noodle, which were all wonderful restaurants. If you are able to plan, make reservations for the Bit & Spur and Spotted Dog to avoid a wait. We also had a light dinner at The Pioneer Restaurant but wouldn’t recommend it. We had burgers and fries at the park lodge that were fine. We had smoothies twice at the Springdale Market Fruit Company, and they were very good. We had a kitchen in our room so we were able to have sodas and snacks and we mostly had cereal for breakfast.
We stayed at the Desert Pearl Inn. I highly recommend it, as so many have before me. We stayed in one of the new one-bedroom suites w/two bathrooms, full kitchen, and balcony. The décor was lovely, especially the trestle wood detailing. There was a foldout couch (comfortable according to dd) in the sitting room. Zion seemed an unlikely place to find the most luxurious bathroom I’ve ever seen or experienced, but there it was. I loved DPI.
We had an incredible trip!