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Old 03-20-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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Zion and Bryce trip this june

What parts of these parks are not to be missed? We only have 3-4 days there before heading north to more fun!
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Was at Zion yesterday and Bryce last week. Either can be done easily in 3 to 4 hour drive, with stops for viewing and picture taking. If you have a little more time there are many short walking trails. The shuttles starts 3/23 at Zion. Not sure how long shuttle takes as we drove through. We did stop last night and had dinner at Oscars in Springdale. Would highly recommend it.
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I'm partial to Zion. You can do Bryce in one day and go on a few hikes down from the cliff.

Zion has more areas. We stay at the Watchman Campground in the park. You can walk to the shuttle bus that takes you up Zion Canyon to the Narrows (no cars allowed). You can also walk into Springdale.

- hike at the east end of the tunnel. Relatively flat but great view
- tube down the Virgin river
- hike up the Narrows
- hike to Hidden Canyon
- hike to Angels Landing

As you can see, you have to get out to really see Zion. Plenty to see from the road but much more to see on foot.
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I would highly recommend you spend two nights in each park if you can. It would give you time for the Visitor Center, driving the whole park scenic route (or shuttle, depending if they're running yet), and some easy hikes. Zion - we stay in Watchman campground in the park which has electric and a water fill/dump station. Angels Landing & the Narrows, as stated above, are not easy hikes and you'll need a good part of the day for each, tubing now would be extremely cold. But there are many short scenic hikes to do.
Bryce - we stay in the park but if you need hookups, Ruby's is right outside the park and is the best in the area. Bryce is different in that the majority of the hikes are down in the gorgeous canyon and to do those keep in mind that you'll need to come, too. , but it's worth it. There are some short - above-the-canyon hikes, too. You also might want to just drive up Hwy 12 a short distance and explore that magnificent area up to Escalante.
You really can't appreciate a national park unless you get out and do something in it. These are two of our favorites. Enjoy!
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We will have a car as well as the RV so the shuttle won't be an issue.
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You will have to deal with the shuttle as you cannot drive a private car into the Zion Canyon. From the website:



2013 Shuttle Season
Private vehicles are allowed to drive on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive from November 2012 through March 23, 2013. From March 24, 2013 through October 27, 2013 access to the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive will be by shuttle bus only. Registered guests at Zion Lodge are allowed to drive non-stop to the lodge.

Where To Park
Parking is limited inside Zion, and parking lots at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center commonly fill by mid-morning. To avoid parking hassles, park in the town of Springdale and ride the free town shuttle to the park. You can park anywhere along the road in town that does not have a parking restriction. To find the shuttle stops, look for the ''Shuttle Parking'' signs throughout town. If you are staying at a lodge or motel, simply leave your car there and take the shuttle to the park. Tune your radio to 1610 AM for additional information. Click here for a map of Shuttle Stops in Springdale.

How To Use The Shuttle System
The Springdale Shuttle stops at nine locations in Springdale. The Zion Canyon Shuttle stops at nine locations in the park. The transfer between loops is made at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. You may get on and off as often as you like. Riding the shuttle is free. Buses are wheelchair accessible.

During the busy season the free buses run from early morning to late evening, as often as every seven minutes. Times and intervals change with the seasons. Current schedules are posted at each shuttle stop, at park visitor centers, and in the Map and Guide.
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You will have to deal with the shuttle as you cannot drive a private car into the Zion Canyon. From the website:


2013 Shuttle Season
Private vehicles are allowed to drive on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive from November 2012 through March 23, 2013. From March 24, 2013 through October 27, 2013 access to the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive will be by shuttle bus only. Registered guests at Zion Lodge are allowed to drive non-stop to the lodge.

Where To Park
Parking is limited inside Zion, and parking lots at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center commonly fill by mid-morning. To avoid parking hassles, park in the town of Springdale and ride the free town shuttle to the park. You can park anywhere along the road in town that does not have a parking restriction. To find the shuttle stops, look for the ''Shuttle Parking'' signs throughout town. If you are staying at a lodge or motel, simply leave your car there and take the shuttle to the park. Tune your radio to 1610 AM for additional information. Click here for a map of Shuttle Stops in Springdale.

How To Use The Shuttle System
The Springdale Shuttle stops at nine locations in Springdale. The Zion Canyon Shuttle stops at nine locations in the park. The transfer between loops is made at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. You may get on and off as often as you like. Riding the shuttle is free. Buses are wheelchair accessible.

During the busy season the free buses run from early morning to late evening, as often as every seven minutes. Times and intervals change with the seasons. Current schedules are posted at each shuttle stop, at park visitor centers, and in the Map and Guide.
Guess we need to research the trip a bit more!
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We will be camp hosting at Bryce's North campground this summer. Stop by and say hi.

Both parks are amazing in their own ways. Both can be 'seen' in less then a day... but to really see each park spend time hiking and taking a ranger guided tour.
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We will be camp hosting at Bryce's North campground this summer. Stop by and say hi.

Both parks are amazing in their own ways. Both can be 'seen' in less then a day... but to really see each park spend time hiking and taking a ranger guided tour.
Will do! Can't wait to start the planning!
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If you are a hiker, Angel's Landing at Zion should be on your bucket list. I'm old, overweight and have bad feet but my two trips to Angel's Landing have been lifetime highlights! The best way to get the full impact of Bryce is a hike into the Canyon (I'd recommend the Navajo Loop). Leaving Bryce I'd drive Utah Hwy 12 northbound (what a sight!!)
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2X on Angle's landing (our 2011 hike). Not the easiest hike in the park, and if you go all the way to the top, you should not have a fear of heights! It was so busy with people coming down in the narrow sections at the top that I never made it to the end.

As to the narrows, check that the water level is low enough to allow narrows hikes. I tried a couple of times in May & early June, 2011, but because of high water levels, the narrows were closed. Went back in June, 2012 with no problems. I strongly suggest renting "river shoes" for the narrows walk if you are planning to go any distance. Much better than sneakers!

While I enjoyed hiking at Bryce, if I only had 4 days, I'd spend 3 of them at Zion & one at Bryce. A better variety of hikes at Zion, and you can enjoy Bryce from the viewpoints along the drive through the park. Better yet, find a way to spend more time at each!
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If you plan on going through the Mt Carmel tunnel going to/from Zion with a large motorhome or 5th wheel, you need to book it ahead of time and pay the $15 fee. The tunnel was built in the 1920's and can only fit a large vehicle going one-way, so they have to shut down the tunnel for you to get through. Watch the turns inside the tunnel. Go slow and stradle the center line or you'll scrape the air conditioner off on the sides of the tunnel!
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Don't worry about the Zion tunnel, we've been through it a number of times with class C and DP. If you're towing you will have to unhitch and drive it seperately. No need to make a reservation, they just put you in line and shut down the tunnel periodically to allow tall traffic.

IMHO, Many worry about this tunnel but there's more clearance than it looks except for the tallest of fifth wheels.
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We did just the opposite stayed at Ruby's at Brice and drove to Zion . Wouldn't recommend taking motor home thru tunnel.
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