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We are traveling to Zion next summer. Looking for ideas of places to stay, trails and other fun things to do with an 8 and 10 year old

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1. Re: trip to Zion

Stay in Springdale. How long will you be there?

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We are trying to figure that out. We are thinking 2 and 1/2 weeks between Grand Canyon North Rim, Zion, Bryce and Arches? How much time would you recommend for each?

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When? Time of year matters

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Is your stated 2 1/2 weeks for the parks allotted for the entire trip or do you have extra days padded in for traveling to and from your city of departure (ex: flying into Vegas?). The following is a general idea. You can tweak it as you see fit:

2 days on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

3-4 days in Zion

Only one day is really needed in Bryce.

Two days in Arches would allow you to get a good grasp of the park.

Moab will be your home base for Arches and it's a town full of things to see and do. I would plan on spending 4 days here. Take in Canyonlands NP while you're there!

Things to Do:

Zion: Make sure you hike some of the Narrows Trail. You would all love the hike comprised of hiking in water! Since you're going during the summer months, the water will be warm.

Bryce: Make sure you take in the overlooks and hike into the canyon by taking the Navajo/Queens Garden loop trail.

You may want to consider spending a night or two in the Escalante area to take in Peek-a-Boo/Spooky slot canyons or to do the Calf Creek Falls trail (around 5.5 miles) on your way to the Arches/Moab area. If only doing one, perhaps do it during the day then drive to Torrey to spend the night to give you a head start for the next day.

Make sure you spend some of your day in Capitol Reef NP while driving through on your way to Moab/Arches NP. Check out the petroglyphs beside the road along with the other roadside attractions including an old school house and orchard. Take a hike if you wish!

Arches: Make sure to reserve a tour with the park service to take the Fiery Furnace trail (you can reserve 6 months ahead on-line on the Arches NP website). They only allow a limited number of people in this section of the park each day. Beautiful and the kids (and adults) will have a blast climbing, squeezing, balancing through the maze of the trail. This tour fills up quickly so I would suggest that you book at least four months prior to your trip.

Moab: Not sure if your kids are into dinosaurs, but take a look at some of the dino tracks around the area! Along with Arches, visit Canyonlands NP and perhaps take in another activity out of many offered (rafting, rock climbing, ballooning, 4x4ing, etc).

Lodging: Obviously, stay inside the park at the Grand Canyon. You can stay inside the park in Zion, but it's one of the few national parks where many folks prefer staying outside in Springdale (a five/ten minute shuttle to the park entrance), though staying inside the park is great too! Moab has lodging for every budget and needs. I would suggest that you check out the lodging options for Moab and Springdale (if you choose to stay outside ZNP) here on TA and see what interests you and your family.

This is beautiful country and jammed packed with things to see and do. There are a lot of "side trips" that can be taken from any of these main points of interest. Note that the travel times between parks and sites may take hours. Big state. Big country.

Edited: 01 September 2013, 04:26
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5. Re: trip to Zion

Good post from Gwen. Sorry I missed the summer reference in the OP.

I still recommend reading the Grand Circle Touring thread by OhioHick at the top of the Utah forum page.

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Three or four days in Zion is definitely ideal and sufficient time. Seek lodging in Springdale, and book a few months in advance to ensure you get what you want. There is a large sampling of hotels to choose from, ranging from Desert Pearl and Cable Mountain, to a Best Western and La Quinta, to Zion Canyon Motel.Here is a good resource that lists lodging and dining>> http://www.zionpark.com/Lodging.html

The narrows is a river based hike, which is perfect for hot afternoons with clear non rainy skies. The narrows can consume a couple of hours or the entire day, all depending on how ambitious you feel.

West Rim trail/Scouts Lookout/Angels Landing is the other highly popular hike in the park. You can hike some of this trail and get some terrific views, though I do not know if your entire family can accomplish the last leg of this trail, due to the heights and dropoffs.

Other notable hikes in the main canyon area include Lower and Upper Emerald Pools, Kayenta Trail, Grotto Trail, Parus trail, and Canyon Overlook. Here is the park hiking guide>> nps.gov/zion/…HikingGuide2013-4.pdf

Here is a resource that offers info on the hikes in the park, as well as pics>> zionnational-park.com/hiking-zion-national-p…

If you have the time, visit the Kolob section of Zion, off of I-15. In this section you can hike all or some of Double Arch Alcove hike, if you are not worn out by this time.

All the national parks will have their ranger programs. These programs may or may not fit with your kids interests.

You can tube the Virgin river through Springdale on another hot afternoon. There are a couple of outfitters that offer this, including Zion Outfitter and Zion Adventures.

In town there is the Zion Theatre/Imax. They may be playing something of interest in the evenings.

There are two or three places to rent bikes, including www.zioncycles.com and the previously mentioned www.zionoutfitter.com You can ride bikes on the main canyon scenic route or Parus trail.

There are outfitters in town that offer canyoneering courses, rock climbing, and assorted vehicle/OHV tours.

There is a trail ride in the park by www.canyonrides.com Though the trail ride in Bryce NPS by this same company is reported to be far superior. You can also find a nearby trail ride outside of the park at Jacobs Ranch , Zion Ponderosa , and Zion Mountain Ranch.

Visit the Visitor Center in the park, and the History Museum, which are both connected to each other via the Parus trail or the park shuttle.

Another option on a hot day is to visit Lower Pine Creek, off of hwy/SR 9 near canyon junction. Try locating the waterfall>> citrusmilo.com/zionguide/lowerpinecreek.cfm

Edited: 01 September 2013, 06:14
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Thanks for the great information. Especially about the trail ride. My daughter really wants to do that and glad to know that people have tried it and which one they feel is best.

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You are welcome. With the in park trail rides(and the only company that can operate in Bryce and Zion)by canyonrides, I am quite positive that booking just before your trip will be prudent, because of the popularity. Others with experience would know better. There has been some topics on this subject over time here on the forum. You can use the search function above to help locate further info and tidbits, if you wish.

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We were in Zion for 4 nights in late July and we stayed at the Zion Park Inn (Best Western) with our two kids (12 and 8). Great, great, spot for families and everyone's (full) breakfast is included in the nighly rate.

If you can, instead of making a reservation by Internet, call and book a "Family room" (you cannot book these rooms over the Internet, only by phone). The added space (a kitchenette with large frdge and a living room) is very much welcomed after a long day of hiking!

Edited: 06 September 2013, 14:14
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