Will be arriving Las Vegas on a Friday, early in the morning, 9 AM, in early April, and plan to begin a 4 night visit of Bryce Canyon, Zion Nat'l Park, and maybe Capitol Reef. Traveling will be myself and my Mother, age 73. I am aware that there may be many great hikes, but Mom's not much of a day hiker. Scenic walks okay, but that's about it. Given this, what would be a suggested itinerary for visiting these areas? We will be departing four nights later on a Tuesday, and need to return the car by 2 PM. Figured we would spend the last night in Zion and make the 3 hr. drive back to LAS Tuesday morning. So, that gives us from Friday after our early morning flight arrives, all day Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday returning to LAS. What is recommended with where to stay each evening, and what to do each day? Though 1/2 day and full day hikes may be out, we do like to be kept busy, with the intention of spending long full days seeing/doing as much as possible. Looking for suggested itineraries that will keep us busy, an enable us to see as much as possible. Thanks for your help, advice and suggestions.
How is the weather end of March?
Ok, I am planning a trip to Zion National Park in mid Sept for 7 days. Actually our trip length is 9 days,so that leaves us 7 whole days to explore. We plan on doing the Narrows top down hike, also will most def want to do Angels Landing, What other hikes are a must. Also Where are the best places to camp. We are going our best to make this a cheap trip and camp out every night. We are both experienced hikes here in the Mid Atlantic. Any tips or advice will be greatly appreciated. I do not like going places with out a plan to go by. Thanks for any and all help. PS: this will be my first time hiking in such dry conditions, I am used to woods and streams every where.
today i got an email telling me i got the permit to hike the subway, now i have a very important decision to make - do i want to go Round Trip from Left Fork(bottom) Trailhead or do i want to go top down (from Wildcat to Left Fork Trailhead) has anyone done and can tell me the differences? i know that the top down require some swims (we r fine with this - i actually want this part) and some short rappels (never done it but generally we r in good shape so if this route is so much better i will go with this and learn to do it before we go or something) the round trip one is under sun most of way which can be sucks but main question is if one of the trails is more spectacular than the other in your opinion? thanks
Hey folks, kinda having a hard time hashing out an itinerary for this trip any input is appreciated. Leaving Vegas on a Monday in early August, and need to be back in Vegas by Friday night. My rental car tires should be on the road by noon. Im thinking about driving doing a mojave scenic loop drive (the idea is to see the desert) and then trying to make my way toward the Zion area that night, crashing somewhere between Vegas and Zion. This is where things get fussy, at bare minimum Id like to see Zion, Bryce, and N. RIm of G.C.. Three parks, three days. If I start driving Tuesday (again, I'd like to be 'somewhere' between Vegas and Zion, what would be by my best route? Or... would I be better off using the 'home base option? I plan to see at least 1 sunrise. Scenic drives are a major plus. The last dilemma I suppose is that if I do the '3 parks, 3 days,' that really only takes me through Thursday night. Any other great ideas to chew up that extra time and still get me back into Vegas on Friday night ? (My hunch was to sleep Thurs night near Zion and do Zion on Friday, leaving at about 5/6 for a red eye flight). Thanks in advance for all responses.
Greetings! Does Zion really get as packed and crowded during holidays particularly around Labor Day as they claim on nps.gov? Does anyone know if it's totally hopeless to try and get backpacking permits the day before for popular treks such as The Narrows? Do the park campgrounds get all booked up as well? any chance of getting a camping spot once there, with no reservations? i would've booked online if there was anything available. i know though they hold some amount of permits/camp sites for walk-ins. How early should one actually "walk in" to the park in order to have a chance of getting anything (backpack permits, etc.)?
my last post should have said we are travelling early to mid december
would it be wise to stay at a place like st george to do bryce and zion and tht way just park ourselves near both for a couple of nights and just travel to both ? also from bryce/zion we will be traveling to yosemite and onto san fran -- any travelling tips -- we are now happy not to do death valley(though if some were included that would be good) -- so i guess up the western side of the mountain range -- how far can we get from thebryce/zion NPs to that side -- where are some nice places to stay /places of interest etc we would hope to stay one night on the way and then onto yosemite and onto San fran for the next night or maybe we need another night in thaere somewhere -- once again so happy for any input.
My husband and I only have 8 hours in Zion (our 1st and possibly only time there) on July 7th before the start of a family reunion in Cedar City that night. I'm 50, 40 lbs. overweight and only in fair shape despite going to the gym a few times a week but would like to attempt the Angel's Landing hike as soon as we get to the park, arriving by 8:30 am. How much water should I pack for the hike (I'll be hauling it in bottles and am concerned about the extra weight)? How much time RT should we allott with I'm assuming a need for frequent rest stops on Walter's Wiggles--to go as far as Scout's Landing; to go all the way to Angel's Landing? After Angel's Landing I was thinking it might be nice to take the easy riverside walk to the mouth of the Narrows and walk up them a bit. Would we have much time to do so in our limited time period? I can borrow a walking stick from someone but am wondering what to do with it on Angel's Landing or if most people would be honest and not steal it if I just left it behind at Scout's Landing. Also, if I do both, would it be best to wear hiking boots to Angel's Landing and carry shoes I don't mind getting wet (again, extra weight) for the Narrows? I'm losing sleep over these decisions. If you have answers to the above ?s or suggestions for a better way to schedule our day, I'd love to hear them.
My family and I are trying to plan a early vacation and would like to know what we can do in Zions during the month of March. I am from northern Utah, but I have never been to Zions and I don't really know how the weather is in March for southern Utah. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
I'll be visiting Zion and Bryce parks in September and want to take a horse ride. Any recommendations which park would be the best and should I do a 1 hr ride or a 4 hr ride (this will be my 3rd time on a horse). All suggestions appreciated.
I'm planning a southern Utah trip that will include a hike in the Narrows. What is the best time of year to do this? I had been thinking about early June, then heard that September might be better (can't remember why...water level, chance of rain, cold water in spring...?).
We have to be in Flagstaff, AZ on business in early December and I would LOVE to continue on to Zion and Bryce or a few days. What can we expect the week of December 7th? Is it usually snowy? Icy? Too cold? We live in New England so it's not a trip we can just take on a whim (we have skiied in the Salt Lake area but that is an easy reach by air, unlike southern Utah). Thank you!
I am planning on visiting Las Vegas for 6 days and spend 3 days exploring the above-mentioned attractions. I am not planning on any heavy duty hiking, but one-hour trail walks may be in the itinerary. Here is my plan: Day 1 - Leave Las Vegas at 7:30 am. Reach Zion National Park by 10:00 am. Enjoy the park until about 2:00 pm. Leave to go to Bryce Canyons. Reach Bryce by 4:00 pm. Enjoy rest of the day at the Park. Day 2 - 7:00 am visit the park. Stay there until about 10:00 am. The either leave to see Zion National Park (if our visit the day before left us unsatisfied) or go directly to South Rim, Grand Canyons. It is approximately 5 hours to South Rim from Bryce Canyons. So we reach there by about 4:00 pm (including lunch break). Enjoy the south rim. Stay overnight. Day 3 - 7:00 am go back to park. Enjoy until about 2:00 pm. Leave to go to Las Vegas. Reach by 7:00 pm. What I wonder is is this too ambitious? I know that each of these places deserve at least a week of our time to thoroughly enjoy them. Unfortunately due to time restrictions, I do not have the luxury. Based on my past visits to these parks (25 years ago), I though my time would be best spent at Bryce and Grand Canyons compared to Zion. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Victor
We (myself, my wife, and two kids .... 19 and 21) have one day in the park. We plan on doing the narrows, what else is a must see? I know ther are many.
We want to take our famiy to Zions this year. We have never been there (I think this is a sin... living in Salt Lake for so many years!) We are looking for some trails we can take our 6 & 8 year olds on. Any ideas? We also have older children but I think we can find plenty for them to do! Any suggestions? Thanks!!!
My family usually visits Zion in May but would like to take advantage of the "off-season" hotel bargains this year. My question is this. . if we come the last weekend in February or very beginning of March will the weather prohibit outdoor activity? Our kids are little so we don't do any major hiking, just a few of the easy/moderate trails each day. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! THANKS
I am looking for a reputable guide to run the Subway at Zion, top down. I am an experienced hiker and did the Virgin Narrows solo last year along with some other slot canyon trips, but have no rappelling experience, nor does my wife. Any suggestions?
Hi ! we're going to Zion 3 days in July. What are the best hikes with our 11 and 13 children ? We know it may be hot but we're used to the heat. Thanks ! Camilla
We will be in Vegas June 8-11 and plan to go to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park via one of the tours from Vegas. We found two: Incredible Adventures and All Las Vegas Tours. They are similar -- and suggestions or experience with either of these full day tours or others to both sites? We're not looking to hike excessively, mostly just take in the sites and shoot lots of photos. Thanks very much.
We are going to be hiking in Zion around the 23rd of April. Will we be able to hike in the Narrows trail? Or will the water be too cold? When I tried to hike it in November a few years ago, we only made it about 1/2 mile before freezing our feet? Thanks for any advice.
I will be visiting Zion this upcoming March and was wondering if anybody has been there this time of year? i visited the park last May and loved it. hopefully somebody can help becasue there are a few questions i can't seem to find answers to. 1)I know the shuttle bus doesn't operate at this time of year so does that mean that you can drive you car into the canyon itself and if so, where do you park? 2)We'd really like to do some more hiking, like angels landing and/or the hidden canyon and were also wondering what the trail conditions would be like this time of year. I imagine the temperatures will be somewhere in the 60's (?) Any help/advice that can be offered will be greatly appreciated. Adam
We will be in Las Vegas for several days in December. We were thinking of taking a day trip to Zion. Has anyone been there in December? The shuttle does not seem to be running and the park hours are reduced. Is it worth the trip or will the roads be closed? Any help would be appreciated.
Just wondered if anyone had any experience of trying to obtain a walk-in permit for Zion Nataional Park? We are planning a trip in September and not sure whether to bother applying for permits from the UK before we go or taking our chances when we get there? Also visiting Bryce, Canyonlands, Arches too so again, any experience people have had regarding permits would be useful to hear about. Many thanks. Magsie
Xanterra is all booked up for mid September of 2006. Where would a decent, somewhat inexpensive overnight option be? I don't want to get too far away from Zion. I am from Iowa and will be in New Mexico mid-September. I will rent a car and drive to either the south or North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I wnat ot go to Page to see Antelope Canyon and then on to Zion. Thanks for your help! Mike In Iowa