Hello! My husband and I are planning an anniversary trip to Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park. Currently we are thinking about spending a week between the two parks in mid-April. We love to camp, but have never backpacked before. A couple questions for everybody:
1. Would mid-April be a good time of year to visit? I am hoping to be able to see wildflowers blooming, and hike as many trails as we can.
2. Recommendations for camping/lodging? It seems as though many of the campsites are first-come, first-serve. This makes me a bit nervous as we are traveling from Kansas City and I'd like to have a bit of a plan before we arrive. Would the campsites be packed by this time?
3. Any thoughts as to how many days to spend at each park? From what I've read, I get the feeling that Zion has more trails to offer than Bryce Canyon.