I'm starting to plan a trip for next year. I prefer to travel before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. At first I thought I would see all of the Utah national parks. But, that was going to take longer than I wanted to spend, since I wanted to include a couple other places. So, now I'm thinking about a road trip starting or ending in Las Vegas or Denver.
Las Vegas - 2 nights
Zion National Park - 2 nights
Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon - 2 nights in Page
Monument Valley - 2 nights
Canyonlands and Arches - 3 nights in Moab
Red Rocks Amphitheater - 2 nights in Denver
I'd like to keep the trip to 12-14 days. Since I've never been to Red Rocks, I'd like to schedule the trip around a concert if possible. Since I like to stay inside parks, I'll also have to schedule my trip around when I can get reservations in Zion. Should I schedule 3 nights for Zion? Is Zion very crowded in September? To avoid crowds would October be better than September? I'm not sure where to stay near Monument Valley. The main purpose of this trip will be to do landscape photography and see a part of the US that I haven't previously visited. Any suggestions will be appreciated.