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Utah National Parks - How Many Days Minimum at Each One?
Flying into Vegas on Friday, June 26 and will fly back out on Sunday, July 5. Any suggestions on a potential itinerary? How many days should we allow at each park? Should we also get to Monument Valley?

We will also have kids with is, age 4 and 8, so I know that limits the trails we will be able to complete.
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So you're staying nearly an entire year? Wow that's impressive


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So you're staying nearly an entire year? Wow that's impressive


Yes


No, error on my first post. Arriving June 26 not July.


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Oh my bad


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Capital Reef = 2
Arches = 2
Bryce Canyon = 1
Zion = 2 to 3
Canyonlands = 2

I was disappointed in Monument Valley. I don't really need to go back.

Zion will require more time because of transportation inside the park. Canyonlands is a favorite of mine but Island in the Sky is the only section you can tour without serious backcountry gear and experience. Bryce is beautiful but small enough to do in one day if you hit it early. I love all of these parks and have been to each multiple times. If you have to skimp on one, lose a bit of time at Capital Reef.
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I'd agree with thedude outside of monument valley, I thing it's great. It's just a day trip if you decide to do it though. I would agree I don't really need to go back, unlike Zion and arches where I need to get back soon.

The number of days for Zion, arches, and canyonlands will depend on the size of trails you want to hit.

If you aren't doing the long trails for example you only need a day for arches, and I'd imagine canyonlands as well. Zion is better with at least 2 days.
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I should also add that we will have our kids with us, ages 4 and 8, so I know that will limit what we are able to accomplish at each park.
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A full writeup bit by bit of our Vegas to SLC trip with all of the Mighty 5.

We did the Mighty 5 with 2/4 year olds (they were a few weeks away from 3 and 5)

- We spent 2 nights in Zion.

- A half day hike in Bryce (we took a long rim hike and picnic lunch and ventured into the canyon a bit. )

- Half day on the south side of Capitol Reef on a hike and drive-about.

- Half day in Canyonland (mostly park and short hikes for the views)

- 3/4 of a day in Arches but it was rainy with lightning building (very cool site)

I'd love to go back to each one and spend more time, but I feel like for our family at that stage, we spent the right amount of time there. Everywhere we hiked, we both had to be prepared to hike with 40lbs of kid the entire way. They are troopers and luckily minimal carrying, but their "time till bitching" isn't always the longest.

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Most of Monument Valley is located on the Navajo Reservation, which is closed to visitors at the present. You can drive the highways through, but otherwise most areas for hiking or tours might be closed.


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Capital Reef = 2
Arches = 2
Bryce Canyon = 1
Zion = 2 to 3
Canyonlands = 2

.........I love all of these parks and have been to each multiple times.


TheDude, how important /necessary /advantageous do you think it is to stay at a park lodge vs a nearby hotel?

We were planning to visit the 5 parks this summer but with the virus that is changed and will try for next year.


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We stayed in Zion. The others we were near. I would aim to stay in Zion if possible. It pays to keep a constant eye on the Xanterra site and check all the time for openings in the lodges. They book up, but no penalty for canceling so they open back up all the time at random as people cancel


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Only 2 (Zion and Bryce) have lodging other than camping I think. It’s almost always best to stay in any park if you can. You are there early and can get a jump on things. Parking won’t be as much of an issue, especially in Zion, and a lot of national park lodges have a cool historic feel. Prices are usually more expensive than accommodations surrounding the parks, but to me it’s worth it. We are doing the mighty 5 and 3 of the 4 in Colorado in early June and we are staying in Zion, Bryce, and Mesa verde lodges.


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I recommend downloading the Gypsy App for any NPs that you visit. A lot of the ones out west have them. The app downloads to your phone and acts as a tour guides as you drive through the park. Phone services is not needed. The app uses your phone gps to know where you are going, where you stopped and provides recommendations on everything you pass including landmarks and trails.

We are leaving for southern Utah on Friday morning via car. My 14 year old son and my 8 year old daughter will be with my wife and I. We are making a quick trip at the prettified forest, we will hit the north rim of the Grand Canyon, staying 3 nights in Springdale outside of Zion and one night outside of Bryce.


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Capital Reef = 2
Arches = 2
Bryce Canyon = 1
Zion = 2 to 3
Canyonlands = 2

I was disappointed in Monument Valley. I don't really need to go back.

Zion will require more time because of transportation inside the park. Canyonlands is a favorite of mine but Island in the Sky is the only section you can tour without serious backcountry gear and experience. Bryce is beautiful but small enough to do in one day if you hit it early. I love all of these parks and have been to each multiple times. If you have to skimp on one, lose a bit of time at Capital Reef.


+1 for all this.

When you go to the Island in the Sky go to Dead Horse Point State Park. Goblin Valley State Park is also dope if you have some extra time.


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We stayed in Zion. The others we were near. I would aim to stay in Zion if possible. It pays to keep a constant eye on the Xanterra site and check all the time for openings in the lodges. They book up, but no penalty for canceling so they open back up all the time at random as people cancel



I've lived in SLC since 1994 and stayed inside of Zion once. We go 20 days a year on average, usually in the shoulder seasons. Because the Springdale experience is better right outside the park. If we don't camp up Kolob Canyon, then the Desert Pearl is the place.


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How would you guys rank the parks from most kid friendly to least? If we decided to skip one due to time which one should we leave off?


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Isn’t the North Rim closed?


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How would you guys rank the parks from most kid friendly to least? If we decided to skip one due to time which one should we leave off?

capital reef has the fewest facilities...outside of the fruita area its pretty DYI. dont skip it though, you will drive right thru it on hwy 24. y'all can pull over wherever and get out and explore


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Isn’t the North Rim closed?


Yes, I learned that over the weekend.


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