My wife and I (late 50's) need your help and advice planning this segment of our driving trip.
We wish we had more time, realizing we will be limited to select short hikes and will spend much time in our car. We love beautiful views and experiencing serene spectacular sunsets and sunrises.
Please advise in which order we should visit Arches, Canyonland, and Dead Horse for our trip consisting of a half day arriving from Bryce , full day in Moab, and a half day before driving to Monument. We do not want to backtrack and wish to make the best use of our time.
We plan on leaving the Lodge at Bryce after sunrise and a quick breakfast on Sept 13(Friday) and drive on Scenic Byway 12 to Moab. We have reservations in a cabin overlooking the river at Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab for 2 nights. About what time should we expect to arrive in Moab?
We hope to include in our half day Friday, full day Saturday and half day Sunday:
1) Arches NP- Driving tour which I understand is 2-3 hours .
If possible short hikes to Windows(1 hr),Devil's Garden( 100 yards for photo), and Double Arch(0.2 mile) and hike to and arrive at Delicate Arch(1.5-3 miles) for sunset.
2)Dead Horse SP-Drive to Panorama Point
3)Canyonland NP-Drive to Island in the Sky 3 lookout points and maybe Mesa Arch
We need to arrive in Monument by 4:00 PM. How long is that drive?
Since this is our first trip to this area we sincerely appreciate your help and any advice. Thank you!