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Old 04-10-2015, 01:27 PM   #1
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Utah, S. East or S. West

Hello everyone,

I am planning a trip to southern Utah and can only go to either the S. east side or the S. west side of the state. East we would be visiting Moab, Canyonlands NP and Arches NP. To the west we would hit Bryce and Zion.

We like to hike. No plans to do any four wheeling. Which area would be the most spectacular for hiking?

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Stuart,
Having been to both areas, the west parks are the more scenic and dramatic for hiking.
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Although we like the hiking in Arches a lot, it depends if you'll be there during hot weather. Arches and Moab can get very hot in summer.


Zion and Bryce, especially, are excellent places to hike also. Bryce will be a lot cooler than Zion or Arches.


I'd choose Zion/Bryce.
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Thanks everyone for your replays. We will be doing some planning over the next few days. We need to decide if we want to be there in June or September. It does sound like Bryce/Zion is a favorite choice.

We will be coming from or heading towards OR for the middle of the summer. We have reservations in early September at the Grand Canyon, south rim, so our plans will need to take this into consideration.

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Old 04-10-2015, 07:59 PM   #5
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Been there. Take a look at Zion River RV resort. Just the best for the Zion area and a nice day drive to Bryce.
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I agree, west is best for hiking, but September in Bryce may be very cold.
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Naw....Sept. at Bryce will be absolutely perfect. It won't be cold. We were there this past Sept. and enjoyed the trails. The crowds are down and it's a delightful time to tour.
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Being we will be there the last week of September we will be prepared for the cold just in case.
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Thanks everyone,

We are now trying to make our plans. Our thoughts are to hit the south western parks some time in May or June.

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Been to both sides and all the National Parks & Monuments. Agree the west side is quite spectacular for scenery & hiking. Canyonlands is breath taking in itself. I was out there a 3rd time last summer and started in Moab and ended in Zion.
Here's my travel map from last summer: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/vi...A.ku2e3vj1kX48
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Far, far SE Utah you can visit four corners. But I agree the western side is better for hiking.
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