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Old 06-19-2018, 06:29 AM   #15
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Thank you all for the replies. We will just spend on day driving the Jeep around Zion. Then head to Bryce and on to Moab for the majority of our time.
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Old 06-25-2018, 01:28 PM   #16
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I just returned yesterday from a trip to Cortez, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce and Capital Reef.

Grand Canyon was as expected, busy but not as busy as I was expecting even compared to the last time we were there either last year or the year before.

Zion on the other hand was a downright zoo. We hadn't been there for perhaps ten years or so. Last time we were there the shuttle was the only access into the canyon but we never had to wait more than a few minutes to get on one. This time however we had to wait over an hour to get out of the visitor center. The guy in front of us while I was waiting to talk to a ranger about it asked when was a good day to come back when it wasn't so busy she said I would try November. The other stops were not too bad. The Sinawava stop ( end of road and river trail) we had to wait for 5 shuttles to get on but they came in quick succession not like every 15 minutes and they arrived empty so they seemed to be reacting to the crowd there. If I am not mistaken and it may be worth checking on is that if you are handicapped you may be able to get a permit to drive the road instead of having to use the shuttle. I seem to recall seeing a sign about that last week. Which would make Zion quite a bit friendlier for you. Zion does have several paved trails to at least some of the view points including the river walk. A quick check on visitation numbers 2010 2.67 million, 2017 4.5 million no wonder it seemed very crowded.

Bryce was busy but didn't seem any busier than it had been in years past. Definitely some paved trails to many of the viewpoints. However visitor stats say otherwise 2010 1.3 million 2017 2.5 million

Capital Reef was busy compared to previous trips though been a few years. It used to be a relatively unknown park and its visitation showed that. It also has become better known. The last time I hiked the Grand Wash we were the only ones there. This time probably saw 50 people perhaps more in that couple hours. Visitation definitely increased here as well 2010 662,000 2017 1.2 million

I did note that Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion entry fees went up to $35.00. Meas Verde and Capital Reef were $20.
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Regarding Zion being crowded, itís bad and getting worse in both Zion and Arches. They have held hearings regarding methods of limiting crowds a couple times over the last couple years. Reservation times requiring arriving at a specific time are one option that keeps coming up along with a possible reservation quota system requiring a reservation to get in. It will be interesting to see how it works out. I can remember when less than 100 cars on average drove through Capital Reef most days.
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We just spent a month in Utah, and had a great time. I agree with most of what other people have said: Zion is awesome, but crowded and better if you can hike a bit. Bryce should be very friendly for a scooter, Capital Reef was one of our favorites, quite a bit to see by car. Canyonlands, Arches, and Dead Horse State Park, are all car friendly. If you have time, the Burr Trail is a 25 to 30 mile road east of Bolder, Ut. It has red rocks, cliffs, switchbacks, slot canyons, and a lot of great scenery. It's also free. Paved for the first 10 to 15 miles, gets a bit rugged after that, but a great ride on just the paved part.
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