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Utah itinerary help

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Utah itinerary help

We are flying into SLC first thing in the morning on day 1 I was thinking of driving to Zion right from there to Springvale having dinner and hitting Zion for the day on day 2. Day 3 and 4 are up in the air I’m considering St. George or maybe going another direction to another park?? Day 4 evening we need to be back in SLC.

Any advise on which is the better option. St. George or another park? We like nature, but not necessarily a big hike every day. We like scenic safe drives (guard rails) pretty downtown areas but also enjoy beauty of the West so much we don’t want to miss anything!

Thank you so much for any advise you can give me!

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1. Re: Utah itinerary help

Welcome to the forum. A typical plan for the number of days you have would include Zion and Bryce. Try something like this:

Day 1 - Arrive SLC; drive to Springdale (5 hours); stay in Springdale (Zion Lodge in park, Desert Pearl, Flanigans, Cliff Rose) evening at Zion

Day 2 - Explore Zion

Day 3 - Drive to Bryce Canyon (2 hours); stay in Bryce (Best Westerns or Bryce Lodge in park); Bryce at sunset

Day 4 - Sunrise at Bryce; begin drive on scenic route 12 to Escalante, Boulder and on to Torrey for short side drive to Fruita (Capitol Reef); then continue on to Salt Lake City via US89 to US6 to I-15.

This is a nice compact itinerary that gives you a handful of national parks and monuments. It's do-able in your timeframe.

Have fun.

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2. Re: Utah itinerary help

Excellent suggestion from Tumbleweed. I would use this itinerary for the time that you have.

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3. Re: Utah itinerary help

You could reverse this itinerary if you want

On day 1 you can do a short visit at kolob Canyon part of Zion along 15 on the way to Springdale.

Another option is

Day 1 to Zion

Dat 2 Zion

Dat 3 Zion till 3pm, then to Bryce

Day 4 am Bryce, pm up 89 back to slc

Another option from Zion is do Great Basin.

Day 1 to Zion

Day 2 Zion

Dat 3 am to Great Basin, pm Great Basin

Day 4 am Great Basin, pm back to slc

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4. Re: Utah itinerary help

@tumbleweed thank you so much for your help! On day 4 would you suggest stopping at any of these places or just enjoying the view from the car on the scenic road?

Edited: 06 August 2018, 09:35
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5. Re: Utah itinerary help

Thank you Dan and Ohiohick!

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6. Re: Utah itinerary help

Stop at the Kiva Koffeehaus just past Escalante. You'll have lots of photo stops between Escalante and Boulder. Hell's Backbone Grill is a nice lunch stop there. In Fruita, stop at the Capitol Reef visitor center. Then get on the road. The little towns along US89 are interesting - you can choose if worth a stop. Will be a bit of a long day driving.

Have fun.

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