I've been down to Utah's national parks three times now, and still haven't made it around to visit Torrey/Highway 12/Capitol Reef/etc. I'm finally hoping to do about a week there next year.
I'm partial to spring as I've gone in April 1x and June 2x now and enjoyed all of those trips a great deal, as it's been fantastic hiking conditions and a sort of "early start to summer".
I'm looking for locals or frequent travellers opinions on what the best time in the spring would be, with respect mostly to hiking in Capitol Reef. Using Las Vegas as a base ( 1 night on either end ), as well as a stop in Zion, our favorite, ( 2ish nights) and 5-7 nights in Torrey/Capitol Reef.
Any thoughts on insects, crowds, rainfall probability, at what point the possibility of a lingering winter storm becomes at least fairly negligible, and, of course, temperature. Would hope for most days to be at least in the 70s. Not blistering hot, but definitely not winter!
We're thinking about three dates;
Kind of leaning towards May as part of the trip is in slightly warmer locales and we should be able to get our "couple of days of 80s, sun and pool time" in there while still likely having great hiking weather in CR.