Im in in the beginning stages of pulling together an itinerary for southern UT and wanted some feedback advice. Flying in/out of LV, renting an SUV and will be travelling with my family...my wife and i are 45 and kids 16 & 12.....we enjoy hiking etc and had a great time in sedona/grand canyon in april 2014 (and got some great tips here, especially from Redrox)
we arrive LV sunday 4/9 11a and depart LV monday 4/17 at 125pm
we entered the lottery for the wave for 4/10, 11, 12 so that might require some alterations to the plan. my 16 year old has started to assemble a wish list....the narrows, antelope canyon, not sure if a rafting trip out of page is worth the time, coral pink sand dunes (figured we could rent ATVs and do a guided excursion), zion, bryce, arches, monument valley etc
as i lay out the days it seems pretty compact and wasnt sure how much time to put in....after reading some of the comments, it also seems like keeping a central base in kanab might not be the best play and the reco seems to be moving hotels so we can be closer to the parks and get a fuller day/experience......on the day we arrive i would like to also include time to drive the strip, hit an "in n out" for lunch (im from NY and this is my west coast ritual) and visit the hoover dam
can someone advise the best plan and any changes to what im thinking in the below
sunday 4/9 - arrive vegas 11a....collect bags, rental car grab lunch, cruise strip go to hoover dam......then drive to springdale for hotel (sunday night and monday night)
monday 4/10 - guided tour of the narrows. - do we have time to explore other areas of zion?
tuesday 4/11 - coral pink sand dunes ATV guided tour, possibly a short hike then drive to page for hotel (tuesday night/wednesday night)
wednesday 4/12 - antelope canyon in morning or afternoon.....is it possible to do rafting 1/2 day tour the other half of the day? if not, recos?
thursday 4/13 - drive to moab and hit monument valley on way, then natural bridges.....what else can we hit that day that will get us to moab by evening? (stay in moab thurs/fri night)
friday 4/14 - day in arches
saturday 4/15 - canyonlands then drive to kanab (stay kanab sat/sun night)
sunday 4/16 - grand staircase and anything we missed nearby
monday 4/17 - leave early am for LV flight at 125p
im not sure if the above is the optimal use of time but am trying to squeeze in as much as possible while not constantly in a car....also wanted to be able to work my way back west so we dont have a 6+ hour drive to LV on the day we fly home.....
thanks so much in advance!