I am planning a 11-day trip in the Southwest in April 2014 and after reading TA, Photographing The Southwest books and Scenic Driving Utah I came up with this itinerary from Las Vegas.
Looking for feedback if it’s doable or too ambitious and if I have to cut back, what should be the priorities?
Day 1 – Arriving in LV, rent a car (SUV, but not 4WD as they did not have the option), get groceries and supplies, drive to Springdale. ETA in Springdale is 5 pm. Leave the car at the hotel and take the shuttle to Zion for sunset at the Virgin River Bridge.
Day 2 – Spend the day in Zion. I would like to catch the sunrise at the museum spot. What are the chances to catch a parking spot being a Sunday? The shuttle leaves too late to allow set up time.
Day 4 – Hike Canyon Overlook trail and drive to Bryce. Spend the afternoon in Bryce Canyon and catch sunset.
Day 5 – Spend the day in Bryce Canyon
Day 6 – Leave Bryce and take the Scenic Byway 12 to Torrey. Can I do all these things:
- Kodakchrome Basin
- Grosvenor Arch
- Willis Creek Narrows – is it worth spending the time here vs. more in Capitol Reef
All these if the weather is good and Cottonwood Canyon Rd is dry. If not, will spend time in Escalante. Then:
- Stop at all outlooks on the way to Torrey
- Capitol Reef Scenic Drive and catch sunset
Stay in Torrey.
Day 7 – Drive to Temple of Sun and Temple of Moon early morning if weather/road OK. Should I attempt Factory Butte if I don’t have 4WD?
Continue to Goblin Valley. Spend 1-1.5 hour in Goblin Valley and continue to Moab.
Spend the rest of the afternoon in Arches (hike to Delicate Arch for Sunset). Stay in Moab.
Day 8 – Spend the morning in Arches and afternoon in Canyonlands. Drive to Dead Horse Point Overlook first, then catch the sunset in Canyonlands. Stay in Moab.
Day 9 – Drive from Moab to Monument Valley with stops at Natural Bridges and Gooseneck. Stay at The View Inn.
Day 10 – Take a tour in Monument Valley in the morning, then drive to Canyon De Chelly. Where is the closest gas station once leaving The View In?
Do the South Rim Scenic drive, then drive to Page. Spend the night in Page.
Day 10 – Visit Antelope Canyon in the morning (will book a photography tour), then check out the Horseshoe Bend and Glen Canyon Dam in the afternoon. Spend the night in Page.
Day 11 – Drive to LV with stop at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes.
Is there anything I should remove/add given the time?