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Zion, Bryce or Arches?

Nashville, Tennessee
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Zion, Bryce or Arches?

If you have been to Zion, Bryce, and Arches, which one would you say is the best one to go to if you could choose only one? My husband and I will be driving through in August with our 3 kids 9,13, 19; I think we would only do 1 of these 3 parks because of time.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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1. Re: Zion, Bryce or Arches?

Driving through from where to where? One destination may make more sense than another depending on your route.

Sedona, AZ
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2. Re: Zion, Bryce or Arches?

Please share your complete itinerary.

Park City, Utah
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3. Re: Zion, Bryce or Arches?

Yah, pretty difficult to answer this without having the context of your trip as the parks are in completely different parts of the state. As a rule of thumb, Bryce is the easiest to absorb in a short amount of time. Moab, with Arches and Canyonlands, offers the most diversity and highest level of activity and excitement.

But the determining factor will be how it fits into your itinerary as location difference from Zion/Bryce to Moab could chew up two additional driving days in your trip if it didn't fit smoothly into the rest of your plan.

Have fun

Nashville, Tennessee
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4. Re: Zion, Bryce or Arches?

From Las Vegas to TGC, then ultimately on to Denver by way of Monument valley! I know that Zion & Bryce Are out of the way & Arches would be on the way (ish) but if Bryce was just loads better than Arxhes we might make it happen.

Nashville, Tennessee
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5. Re: Zion, Bryce or Arches?

That is still in the works but so far it’s atarting from Las Vegas airport, Hoover Dam, possibly Sedona then Up to TGC. Then from there maybe Zion and or Bryce. Then maybe Lake Powell & Horseshoe Bend. Then Monument Valley, Mesa Versa, Arches (my question), Glenwood Springs, maybe Rocky Mt Natl Park, and fly out of Denver.

Nashville, Tennessee
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6. Re: Zion, Bryce or Arches?

Thanks you! I posted some partial itinerary options in another reply so if you see that and have input feel free to share. This will be a family trip like no other.

Salt Lake City, Utah
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7. Re: Zion, Bryce or Arches?

TGC?? The Grand Canyon or GCNP? You need to settle on a plan quickly so that you can get hotels lined up. Traveling on a “then maybe” itinerary will have without a place to sleep most nights.

If your ultimate destination after GCNP is Denver and you want to include Monument Valley and/or the Page area, you should go to Arches and Canyonlands. You would need 3 nights in Moab, a night in Page and a night at Monument Valley. If you want to include Mesa Verde, you would go there between Monument Valley and Moab. You would want two nights at Mesa Verde.

Sedona, AZ
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8. Re: Zion, Bryce or Arches?

Adding Zions and Bryce needs about 4 extra nights. 3 at Springdale and 1 at Bryce. Do you have that much time for the detour?

How much time do you actually have. The rest of your list from LV to Denver needs about 2 weeks.

Edited: 20 April 2018, 21:45
Nashville, Tennessee
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9. Re: Zion, Bryce or Arches?

We have 10 days

Nashville, Tennessee
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10. Re: Zion, Bryce or Arches?

I realize we need a plan and that is what I'm trying to firm up by this weekend so we can start getting our reservations made. Thanks for the tips.

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