I'm now planning for a second visit to southern Utah in October.
On trips to this region, I bring along my mother, who's in her 70s, and can walk a bit, but isn't a hiker.
We like scenery, scenic drives, easy hikes that are more like walks, birding, museums, historic houses, getting a sense of people, place, the creatures & birds of an area, & history. We aren't thrill-seekers by any means, but oh boy, did we both enjoy the Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour in Sedona last November, not just for the mastery of the terrain & scenery but also for our fantastic guide.
We like driving around, stopping and looking, but don't like straight-out drives -- not sightseeing drives, the kind where you're solely intent on doing some serious miles -- over six hours. (Our drive from Las Vegas to Bryce this week will be about the longest we like to go.) We prefer to spend quality time in just a few places rather than driving a lot to spend just a little time at many.
Here's what I've got already:
Oct. 22: Fly from JFK to SLC, overnight SLC
Oct. 24: Moab
Oct. 25: Moab
Oct. 26: Moab
Oct: 27: Torrey
Oct. 28: Torrey
Oct. 29: SLC
Oct. 30: Fly home to JFK
Here are my questions:
1) Is this too much time at Moab for people who aren't serious hikers? Should I change up the reservation and shave off a day?
2) If we shave off a day, is that going to enable us to do justice to Monument Valley? "Doing justice" would be a good long offroad tour and also driving around a little ourselves, though only on terrain that a rental car could handle.
2) Is two nights sufficient for Torrey and Capitol Reef?
Thanks for any advice you can provide, as you all were great regarding last year's Phoenix-Sedona-GCP-Scottsdale trip, and I feel very good about our impending Las Vegas-Bryce-Zion trip & plan to produce a trip report on that one.