OK maybe not as amazing as Bryce but Cedar Breaks is a nice park with a great staff and several... read more
September time is perfect weather for Cedar Breaks, Zion & Bryce. It will be very cool in Cedar Breaks (10,000 feet) the EVENINGS so bring jackets. The end of September you should start seeing some really awesome colors... More
September time is perfect weather for Cedar Breaks, Zion & Bryce. It will be very cool in Cedar Breaks (10,000 feet) the EVENINGS so bring jackets. The end of September you should start seeing some really awesome colors because it's an early fall at that elevation. There is a possibility of light flurries but usually it's okay. Zion will be warmer because it's not that elevated. Bryce should be perfect. To see Zion, Bryce and Cedar Breaks I would plan on 3 days total for all. It really depends on your level of what you want to accomplish. (If you are just wanting some picture taking, light hiking, you can do 5 hours in Bryce and 2-3 hours in Cedar Breaks, making it one day). I would personally spend the day hiking in Bryce because it is absolutely amazing that time of year as well. If you do a half day make sure to end it in Cedar Breaks, as the sunset is WAY awesome. Bryce Canyon - If you are up to it, and with no major health conditions, hike the Navajo Loop trail. There's a great picture every 50 steps. If you start the hike around 1pm or 2pm you can catch all of the beautiful sunset and changes in lighting from the sun going down. Take LOTS of water! It is quite a hike about 8 miles total. There's also the Peek-A-Boo Trail that is only 4.5 miles. You should be able to stay there in Bryce Canyon area to rest up. There's a Best Western and equal type hotels there. (If searching type Bryce Canyon City). *** Stop by Ruby's Inn in Bryce City and get the "Huckleberry Chocolate" if they have it in stock. It's THE BOMB. It goes fast so sometimes they run out. A day for Zion. There's just so much beauty and you don't want to rush it. Plan on staying in Springdale... Once you get off a mountain in Zion you are really beat, and you don't wanna be driving around looking for hotels. Schedule if I were to do these... -Bryce first. First day make it a full one in Bryce and then stay the night there in the city. -Then, wake up have a nice breakfast, do a smaller hike in Bryce, more picture taking from the morning hours, stay there till about 2pm. -Grab a lunch somewhere in Bryce and head out to Cedar Breaks about 3pm. No rush. CB is an hour from Bryce... Take 89 HWY to Brian Head Peak next to Cedar Breaks. You can see Cedar Breaks from there and then head down to CB main lookout called Supreme Point Lookout. On the way there are about 3 different lookouts. Stop by them all. They are all great! -Once to Supreme Point, take the small hike to a lower lookout. It's about 1.5 miles total (at 10,000 feet you huff and puff). Take your time so you can catch the sunset at CB. Get a room in Brian Head. It's a city right next to CB and that way you can relax right there on top the mountain. -Next day, head to Zion fairly early around 7:30am to catch a really nice sunrise in Zion. You can enter the park going in the back way HWY 89 to save some time. There should be some AMAZING views from the top. Hike Canyon Overlook to catch the sun coming up over the whole west canyon. It's a super hike and only about 1.5 miles roundtrip. -Head down the canyon after that. I recommend hiking Hidden Canyon Trail, 3.2 miles roundtrip. It's off the beaten path from Angel's Landing with extraordinary views and an arch on top side. Should be fairly shaded so you dont get too hot. Then, come down and do the Boardwalk landing. It's super easy and flat. -Make sure to have dinner at Oscar's Cafe after your hikes... It's good. The Mahi Mahi Tacos are great. Murder Burger is great. I like the pesto and chicken quesadilla appetizer which is a full meal for me. -Get a room in Springdale (the city next Zion) and spend the night. -Next day before leaving out, wake up and have breakfast watching the sunrise over Zion. Maybe drive through Mt Carmel tunnel one more time and then head out down towards Vegas or north to Salt Lake wherever you're coming from. Cheers. Sorry so long!