My trip was 12 days long. I wanted to suggest that anybody doing this
trip consider starting in Las Vegas--cheap airfares and its is amazingly
close to Zion, much more so then Salt lake city. The Grand Canyon is not-so-far
either and you can take a wonderful scenic route 66 side road from Kingman
area to the grand Canyon. Its pretty cool!
In Zion I stayed at Flanagan's--an old and wonderful lodge with amazing
gardens and the best food in town. Fairly reasonable priced and right
next to the entrance to the park. Also, there is a shuttle stop right
in from of the Lodge so this makes it convenient if you are not bike riding
I loved Capital Reef and don't tell too many people because this place
is a gem. I found a wonderful Best Western right out of the park ( a resort
type BW) and I have never been so impressed--the rooms were great, great
views, great restaurant and great people! Its a be-back! The camping in
capital reef is delightful--all grassy and shady and beautiful! I would
not mind camping there at all.
But summer time is boiling hot! Bryce is the highest Park and so probably
a bit cooler. All the rest were steaming hot and i was there in May. I
wore a SPF 45 and still got quite tan ( i hate that).
Moab is a nice looking town filled with snotty not-so-nice kids and they
are all the ski-bum types. I looked in every hotel/motel in town ( gross
every one of them) and only stayed because of Arches. One place that is
outside of town but closer to Arches looked nice but i never checked!
I think Camping would be nicer especially in Arches, which is a great
Bridges NP is a don't miss as well--i think a lot of people pass it up
but it was Utah's very first NP and it is great. the easy hikes to the
three main bridges are all less then one mile and once down by the river
you can easily walk to the other two.
By the way a Bridge is differentiated from an Arch by the way it was created.
if a river/water carved it out then it is called a Bridge, if the wind
and elements other then water carved it out then it is called an Arch!
I have lots of information on Slot canyons, and backroads ( Gee i think
i took them all) and byways too. be prepared for a lot of dust and dirt--but
it will be beautiful red dirt anyway!
Amelia in Los Angeles