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Help plan our time

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Help plan our time

We will be leaving Bryce Canyon mid morn going to Zion for 2 nites. There are so many hikes or trails to see that it seems overwhelming. We are not big hikers, more walkers instead. Angels is definitely out if the question!! Narrows is out too however I do want to do riverside walk to the narrows, just not go into the water.

Want to do emerald pools also. Is upper and lower doable for non hikers?

Weeping Rock looks easy. Is it scenic?

I guess to get oriented we should first ride the shuttle the whole way?

To use our time wisely what trails should we do and when?

After 2 nites we will be heading back to Vegas for a 1pm flight. I know it's 3 hours but think time changes on us too. What time should we hit the road for Vegas?

THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR ADVICE!!!

Kipling. SK
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1. Re: Help plan our time

Lower Emerald Pools and Kayenta trail work well together(2-3 hrs). You can also combine the Grotto trail with these two to form a loop. Upper Emerald I would consider optional. It is just a spur trail that offers a higher view than what you would see on lower.

I sometimes just call Weeping rock just a shuttle stop. Worthwhile, but you will not spend a lot of time or energy on this short trail.

Parus trail is flat and runs along the river. It connects the museum to the visitor center and the campgrounds. It is possible to rent bikes and ride along its length.

Canyon Overlook(1 hr or so) is on SR 9 as you are coming from Bryce. Look for parking just after you pass through the first short tunnel and just as the long Zion Mt Carmel Tunnel comes into view.

If you have the energy, you can try some of the West Rim trail up to Scouts Lookout(just omit the AL portion). If you stop at the Big Bend shuttle stop previously on your orientation, you can see the Scouts Lookout perch above you, which is at the base of the Angel's landing spine/spur trail. Then you can decide if this hike up to SL is for you or not. The elevation gain is just over 1000 feet.

You are correct to say that Riverside Walk is a necessary part of a Zion visit.

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Zion to Las vegas is just under three hours drive time, with a favorable time zone change working in your favour.

Sedona, AZ
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2. Re: Help plan our time

Canyon Overlook will be recognizable by all of the cars parked along the roadside. If you reach the tunnel it might be too late to find a spot. Go slow.

No need to ride the shuttle full loop on the first ride. You can get fully oriented and develop a plan at the Visitor Center. It might make sense to then ride all the way to Riverside and do that walk first. Then use the shuttle to return to places you want to stop on the way back.

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5. Re: Help plan our time

Stop before the tunnels for the canyon overlook trail on the way from Bryce. It will probably take you an hour. Then head to Springdale and the visitors center. You should be able to fit in a ride to the end of the canyon for the Riverside walk. On the way back get off at the big bend and weeping rock stops. Weeping rock is short but very steep. It is nice but not essential.

Then next day do Kayenta to emerald pools. Kayenta gets you up above the trees for some nice views of the canyon but nothing for people with height issues need to worry about.

If you start at the grotto then you'll end at the lodge where you can enjoy a lunch or ice cream and views of Angels landing and maybe catch sight of the deer or turkeys.

Stop at the history museum and enjoy the information there as well as the views of the West Temple out back. Then if you want more take the Parus trail from canyon to the visitor center. OR the Watchman would fit in nicely there as well. Try to get a ranger talk in as wl they are always very nice.

If you do it right you'll feel that special quietness that is uniquely Zion's.

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In my opinion, there is little reward for going to the middle pools and back down. Either just do the lower pool or go all the way to upper. The Upper Pool was the biggest and has a huge cliff face behind it. My family all thought it was well worth it. It is steep from middle to upper but is only a few tenths of a mile. Not sure when you are going, but it was very hot on this section in August even at 9 in the morning and the trails were pretty crowded.

If just going to the bottom of riverside, I would want to do that either very early or late as this little area can be completely filled with people.

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