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Old 12-22-2004, 03:04 PM   #1
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We would like to take a spring trip (late April or early May to Zion and Bryce National parks, then south to Arizona & New Mexico. Are there any special situations we should be aware of such as bugs, spiders etc. Is May better than April?
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We would like to take a spring trip (late April or early May to Zion and Bryce National parks, then south to Arizona & New Mexico. Are there any special situations we should be aware of such as bugs, spiders etc. Is May better than April?
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Old 12-22-2004, 09:27 PM   #3
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Bryce Canyon's elevation is 8100-9000 ft, so it gets much cooler than Zion. One can roast in Zion in high summer, and drive up to Bryce and it will be 20-30 degrees cooler. In April it may still be nippy in the high country around Bryce. Either month would probably be fine to visit. Both parks are wonderful to visit.
One important fact: the road between Zion and Bryce means traveling thru the Zion tunnel, and if you have an RV you will have to be escorted thru the tunnel. I believe the Park Service charges a fee for the escort service. Zion is also traffic free, and a shuttle service runs in the main canyon, which is a big improvement over the nightmare parking situation that used to occur.
Take lots of sunscreen, a wide brim hat and remember to remain hydrated. If you can, don't miss the hike to the Lower Emerald Pools and Weeping Rock in Zion. I believe we hiked the Fairyland Trail in Bryce, easy & delightful downhill, huffing & puffing uphill!! If you are a hiker, invest in a Camelback, easiest way to carry water on you.
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Old 12-23-2004, 05:31 AM   #4
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The shuttle system is shut down in the winter months at Zion, the same as the Grand Canyon. You will have to use your rv or toad to tour. Not certain of the exact dates the shuttle operates.
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We were at the Grand Canyon in early March 2002 and also Oct 2003. I was of the understanding that the shuttle operated year-around, but with a reduced schedule in the winter. The main visitor's center is only accessable by shuttle or walking.

In any case, your trip that time of year should be a lot of fun.
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April is a little early for the parks here. We usually have snow until the end of May. But if you are lucky you will se some amazing scenery and little or no tourists.
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Old 01-03-2005, 07:48 PM   #7
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You are in for a real treat as both areas are beyond beautiful. Zion is one of my favorite places on Earth. Great hikes! We stay at Watchman which is a State Park right inside the gate by the Visitor's Center. Great Visitor's Center also. Bryce will be a lot cooler as mentioned in previous posts. Have fun!
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