I posted a report of our 3 nights in Zion. From there, we moved to an apartment in Duck Creek Village for 5 nights. Although many thought this was "too long", it was ideal for us. We do not like packing up and moving on a trip more than necessary. We like to settle in to an apartment and this is what we did. I was able to buy groceries in Cedar City for the 5 nights. We spent one full day in Bryce seeing the sites with the short hikes from the road. They were spectacular. The second day we drove to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (about 3 hours each way). This was awe inspiring. We were able to stand on the rim for ten minutes and be the only people there (early October). We spent the third day driving route 143 and 14 in the morning. The lava fields, the lakes, etc. were gorgeous. That afternoon we hiked the Queens trail/Navajo loop so really saw the canyon up close. IOur fourth day we took a trip to Coral Pink Sands State Park (well worth a visit), Pipestem National Monument and Colorado City. We really enjoyed the little town of Duck Creek Village.
From there, we took route 12 to Torrey. I had hoped to hike Calf Creek, but the parking lot was full. So, we took the Burr Ridge Road to the Slot Canyon. This was a great lunch location. It took us about 6 1/2 hours to drive from Bryce to Torrey. We had two nights in Torrey so spent one day in Capitol Reef. This was plenty of time. We did one hike along the riverbed through the canyon. We could have left the park at 4 or 5 and been back to Salt Lake City for an over night and a flight the next morning.
But, we spent the second night in Torrey. This trip was "slow travel" in a sense. However, we really felt we were seeing things, enjoying them, and it was not a big blur.