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Sanity Check

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Sanity Check

Hello - my husband and I are leaving for our trip next week and would like to do a final sanity check on our itinerary. We are mid 50's and in fairly good shape - looking to do moderate hikes - 5-8 mile. All lodging has been secured and we are flying in and out of LAS. Appreciate your feedback!

Arrive/Depart Las Vegas

Day 1 – Tuesday – Arrive LV 10 PM – overnight in LV

Day 2 – Wednesday – Drive to Zion National Park via I-15 North – Estimated 2.5 – 3 Hours. Stop in NV for beer/wine – supplies at Walmart in Mesquite or Hurricane. Stop at outfitters in Springdale for Narrows gear rental. Arrive ZNP (ETA Noon) – check in to Zion Park Lodge for 3 nights. Hike West Rim Trail to Scout lookout – return to lodge via Kayenta and Emerald Pools or Grotto Trail.

Day 3 – Thursday – Narrows Hike – weather permitting – Will be on one of first shuttles

Day 4 – Friday – Observation Point – is it worth paying outfitter to hike top down?

Day 5 – Saturday – Drive to Bryce – Overnight at Bryce Lodge for one night. Hike either Figure 8 or just Navajo Loop/Queen’s Garden

Day 6 – Sunday – Sunrise in Bryce. Spend day driving Scenic Byway 12 to Torrey – overnight Austin’s Chuckwagon.

Day 7 – Monday – Drive to Moab via UT24E – drive through Capital Reef NP. Hickman Bridge – Grand Wash to Narrows? Goblin Valley?

Day 8 – Tuesday – Moab – Arches National Park – Hikes – Delicate Arch or Devils Garden

Day 9 – Wednesday – Fiery Furnace Hike (9 am) – Drive to Page, AZ – not ideal but this is the only day we could book fiery furnace

Day 10 – Thursday, Page AZ – Antelope Canyon morning tour – Kayak Tour – afternoon

Day 11 – Friday – Early departure from Page - Drive to Grand Canyon North Lodge – 1 night - North Kaibab trail hike - hike to Supai Tunnel. Bright Angel Trail for sunset.

Day 12 – Saturday – Early departure from GCNP – Drive to LAS airport – 2 PM flight – estimate 5-6 hour drive

Thanks for all of the great advice!

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1. Re: Sanity Check

This looks pretty good overall. Looks like you've done some homework. I have just a few comments.

There's no need to purchase wine and beer in Nevada. These can be purchased at Utah State Liquor Stores. There's one in Hurricane, Utah. It's open from 11 AM to 7 PM everyday except Sunday. There's also a smaller store in Springdale. Technically, it's illegal to bring alcohol in to Utah from out of state. No, there aren't checkpoints at the state line. But should you be stopped by law officers for any reason, it's possible that the alcohol could be confiscated and you'll be fined. Do your grocery shopping in Hurricane and make the stop at the liquor store at the same time. JMO for what it's worth.

Remember that there is a time change between Las Vegas and Zion. 8 AM in Las Vegas will be 9 AM in Utah. The same thing applies when you are driving from Moab to Page. 9 AM in Moab will be 8 AM in Page.

On Day 7, it's a 3.5 hour drive, no stops from Torrey to Moab. If you are up early, you can probably do everything that you have planned this day. Both Hickman Bridge and Grand Wash thru the Narrows are great easy to moderate hikes.

On Day 8 be sure you get in to Arches early; particularly if your visit is over the Memorial Day weekend. Early is by 7 or 8 AM. If it's Memorial Day weekend, you will experience long lines at the entry gates and crowds inside the park. In addition to the hikes you have listed, you should plan on stopping at the Windows section, Sand Dune Arch and Sunset Arch. There are all easy walks from the parking lot. Be sure you take food and water with you into Arches. There is none available inside the park. If you have refillable water bottles, you'll find filling stations at the larger parking areas.

On Day 10, I hope you have a very early Antelope Canyon tour. There have been reports of tours running behind schedule even with having a reservation. You want to have plenty of time between the Antelope Tour and the kayak tour to transport between the two sites, get something to eat etc.

I'm a bit concerned about your plan to drive from the North Rim for a 2 PM flight. Leaving early from the North Rim to make that flight means you will have to drive in the dark from the North Rim and thru the Kaibab Forest. That entire region is populated with a lot of wildlife. The roads are very dark with no ambient lighting. Wildlife can be on the roads when it's dark. You may not see an animal before it's too late to avoid a collision. The driver will need to be very watchful, and not overdrive headlights. Everyone in the car should be on the lookout for animals in the road. Also, one deer leaping across the road can be followed by others.

Have a great, safe, trip.

Tacoma, Washington
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2. Re: Sanity Check

to zion from vegas---you leave at 9am you get to Zion at 1pm local time.

day 7---am head to moab, arrive around 4pm. can do evening in arches and do delicate

day 8--canyonlands

day 9 fiery furnabce, then devils garden...night monument valley

day 10 am to Page, PM Page

day 11 to north tim

day 12 ---you have about 6 hrs drive to Vegas avoiding UT 9. you ned to leave north rim around 6am.

what I would have said for you to do.... go Bryce-torrey-moab-page-north rim-zion....

also look into....take last night at Zion and move to north rim, then at end of trip move north rim to springdale.

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3. Re: Sanity Check

Day 4 - hike it bottom up. If you don't feel you are up for the full hike, you can hike the shorter hike on the day your and transitioning to Bryce (day 5) (There are 3 ways to hike Obervation Point - bottom up as round trip, top down one way, and top to rim round trip - I would do the 3rd option over the 2nd option which requires no guide.)

Day 5- catch Canyon Overlook (and/or Observation Point) on your way out of Zion. Then just hike the Navajo/Queens loop in Bryce.

Day 7 - Little Wildhorse Canyon at G

Day 8 - hike BOTH Delicate Arch and Devil's Garden. Do Delicate Arch first - then see how much energy you have to decide how far to go on Devil's Garden. If you are up for it the hike to Double O and back is great. Even if you can do Partition Arch and back you'll love it. If you are really tired just go to Landscape Arch.

Edited: 11 May 2018, 08:23
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4. Re: Sanity Check

Sorry about the typo on day 7.

It should say: Little Wildhorse Canyon by Goblin Valley is fantastic. Many report it as the highlight of their entire trip.

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