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Need help between Bryce and Torrey-Leaving tomorrow!

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Need help between Bryce and Torrey-Leaving tomorrow!

My family of 5 adults is leaving for our trip tomorrow....and we are so exciting. Our reservations are all made but I am still trying to tweek out a detail or two.Here's our plan:

Day 1 Fly from NJ to Las Vegas. Evening on the strip.

Day 2. Drive to Zion, short hikes, we will be staying at Flannigans.

Day 3 Explore Zion, evening at Flannigans.

Day 4. Drive to Bryce, explore area. Evening at Best Western Bryce Canyon Hotel

Day 5. Up early for sunrise at Sunrise Point. Leave Bryce shortly after, and drive to Torrey. Evening at Austin's Chuckwagon.

Day 6. Capital Reef, then drive to Moab. We will be staying in a rental house.

Day 7. Canyonlands, evening in rental house in Moab.

Day 8. Arches NP, evening in Moab rental house

Day 9. Drive to Page via Monument Valley. Horseshoe Bend, evening in Page in rental house.

Day 10. 9:15 reservation for lower antelope canyon tour. afternoon activity? Evening in Page

Day 11 Drive to South Rim of GC. Evening at Maswik Lodge.

Day 12. Leave GC by 2 to catch late flight back to NJ.

Please feel free to comment on must do activities, however our accommodations can not be changed at this time. I specifically would like to know: on Day 5 should I leave Bryce shortly after breakfast and explore Capital Reef on our way to Torrey? Would that be enough time for Capital Reef or do I need more time in Capital Reef on Day 6?

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1. Re: Need help between Bryce and Torrey-Leaving tomorrow!

Capitol Reef is not on the way to Torrey. It’s about 15 minutes east of Torrey on highway 24. But I think you should leave Bryce after breakfast. The drive over highway 12 should be savored by stopping at viewpoints and maybe driving the paved portion of the Burr Trail from Boulder. You would probably still have some time for a drive into Capitol Reef before sunset. At the least you could stop at Goosenecks Overlook.

Bring rain gear. Rain is predicted around Torrey on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Edited: 16 May 2018, 06:20
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2. Re: Need help between Bryce and Torrey-Leaving tomorrow!

Take your time on hwy 12. Stop at kiva koffee house for food if not the view. You will probably have time for some of Capitol reef that same day but I would not rush leaving Bryce nor hurry along hwy 12. Take some time the next morning for the scenic drive or a hike before heading to Moab.

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3. Re: Need help between Bryce and Torrey-Leaving tomorrow!

Thank you.

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4. Re: Need help between Bryce and Torrey-Leaving tomorrow!

One other option between Bryce and Torrey is to hike Calf Creek Falls. It's a little over 6-miles round trip, but with minimal elevation gain. It is very exposed to sunlight, as there is little shade. And portions of it are in sugary sand, that can be difficult for some. But it's a 125-foot waterfall in the middle of the desert. Very beautiful scenery.

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