Just returned from our loop trip out of SLC, including Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches, Dead Horse Point, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, Moab, Park City and SLC. First of all I want to say thanks to everyone who contributes to this forum, dispensing local knowledge and travel tips to all of us who come to your fantastic state. What an embarrassment of riches Utah has, both natural and in its people :-)
Despite the shutdown (we arrived on Day 2 and left the day after the "soft" opening of the parks) and thanks to all the help here, we had a great trip. It wasn't what we first intended but, with all the suggestions and advice on the forum, we had a good Plan B in place and enjoyed ourselves tremendously.
I plan to do a TR sometime in the next few days detailing all of our adjustments and the fine time we had, once I catch up with things here at home a bit more. Having trouble putting away the guidebooks and maps--always a sign of a good trip for me.