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Old 09-21-2019, 07:02 AM
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I'm headed to Zion in a few weeks! I do have a great website with hike suggestions that Zia posted. What hikes do you consider must-dos? Any other activities that you do there? It seems mostly hiking. We are in semi-decent shape so we'd be okay with a mid-level hike, but nothing too extreme.

I'd like to look into some stargazing. We barely see any stars where I live.

Also, we don't have long to spend there....about 2 half days (more like quarter days) and two full days. We are debating about whether to drive to Bryce Canyon NP on one of the full days. Thoughts?


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Old 09-21-2019, 08:40 AM
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Absolutely make the drive to Bryce! Zion is so beautiful but Bryce is other worldly, it really needs to be seen to be appreciated!

We were in Zion 3 days and took the 2nd day to go to Bryce. Don’t have a lot of hike recommendations for Zion because we’re more leisurely walk people but we enjoyed taking the shuttle bus and getting out at different spots and doing some exploring on foot before getting back on the shuttle.

Enjoy, should be a good time of year to be there!
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:45 AM
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We didnít hike in Zion beyond the walks at each of the shuttle stops, so I donít have advice there.

I would make the drive to Bryce as well. Of the national parks Iíve visited, Bryce is my favorite. It is really worth taking the time to visit.
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:36 AM
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Will definitely add Bryce Canyon to the list then!
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Old 09-21-2019, 12:54 PM
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Hiking The Narrows is great. I agree with others that Bryce is a must see.


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Old 09-21-2019, 02:35 PM
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The Narrows is on my top 5 hikes I've ever experienced list...however I did it in the summertime. Check what the water temps will be. There is also a great lookout point over the valley with a small hike that starts by the tunnel that comes into the valley from the east (I believe) entrance. Good for sunrise viewing. Can't remember name. Bryce is amazing. If possible to extend your trip 2.5 days isn't much for the two parks. They are a few hours apart, as well. Enjoy!
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Old 09-21-2019, 05:10 PM
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I just got back from that area! Loved Zion! It is so colorful and different in every area. I am not a hiker, but talked to a guy that hiked to the top in 3 hours, then down 2 hours. And there was a big difference in the temperatures from morning to noon on the bottom, so I would imagine it would vary a lot on the hiking trails too. There were lots of tourists and hikers.
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:28 PM
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We were in Zion this last week. If possible, go to the information desk at the visitor center and sign up for the 9:00 ranger tour. We had to sign up on Monday in order to go on Wednesday. The ranger tour stops at a few places the regular shuttle doesn't, and it was so informative and beautiful.

We thought the park was really crowded. Get there by 8:00 a.m. this time of year to find a parking spot. Interestingly enough, when we left at 3:00 p.m. there were more spots available than early in the morning.
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Look what popped up in my fb memories today....the photo doesnít do it justice at all!
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Old 09-22-2019, 03:05 PM
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Thank you! You guys are getting me all excited! I wish we could extend it, but it's a Fall Break and we aren't allowed to add personal days to breaks. Normally I'd rather go when I have more time, but this is when a friend can go, so better now than not at all. I can't wait!


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