My husband and I (in our late-twenties) are planning our annual hiking vacation, this year to Zion and Bryce at the end of June. My husband can hike forever, and while I can't go quite as forever as him, I am geared up to do a few strenuous hikes as well. We're "no frills" people, more into adventure than luxury. Our vacation philosophy is to go, go, go and to see as much as we can, although we're flexible enough to rearrange if we've gotten in over our heads.
Thought I'd run our tentative itinerary by this group of experts to see if there's anything we're missing, tips that we should know, etc... I'll double-post in the Bryce forum just to see if there's additional perspectives over there.
Saturday June 22
Arriving at LAS at 11am. Heading towards Zion National Park. We're staying at the Canyon Ranch Motel in Springdale for our four nights at Zion. Will probably head to the Visitor's Center to get the lay of the land and depending on timing, take the Watchman Trail... heard it was good in the evening.
Sunday June 23
Hike to Observation Point.
Any "can't miss" suggestions for the late afternoons/evenings after we hike all morning?
Monday June 24
Hike up the Narrows until the turnaround point. We'll plan to rent the footgear from Zion Adventures.
Tuesday June 25
Hike to Angel's Landing.
Wednesday June 26
We'll be driving to Bryce on this day.
Looking for something lower-key (not strenuous hiking!) in either Zion or Bryce to catch a little rest this day. I've thought about an ATV tour, tubing down the Virgin River, doing the quick hike at Canyon Overlook... any other ideas or specific companies to look into???
We're staying at the Bryce Canyon Inn in Tropic for our three nights at Bryce.
Thursday June 27
Haven't totally decided on hike(s) in Bryce yet... looking at Fairyland Loop, Sunset Loop and/or Navajo Loop.
Friday June 28
Depending on how our legs are feeling, either continue hiking in Bryce (see above) or take a scenic drive to Kodachrome Basin State Park or Grand Staircase National Monument.
Saturday June 29
Packing up and heading back to Las Vegas to catch our 5:30pm flight.
Thanks so much for all of your feedback!