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Vegas, Zion, Bryce, Antelope, North Rim loop

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Vegas, Zion, Bryce, Antelope, North Rim loop

We are considering a trip to this area in September. Looking to drive from Las Vegas to the various canyons and have 7-8 nights. Should be find a "central" location for a hotel and stay there for several nights or pick places closer to each park? Also, where to stay near the North Rim if the Lodge is booked in the park?

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1. Re: Vegas, Zion, Bryce, Antelope, North Rim loop

Staying in a central location is foolish. Commuting doesn’t work.

You need to stay in Springdale for Zions, Bryce for Bryce, Page for Antelope Canyon and good luck on Grand Canyon National Park North Rim. Consider the south rim as an option. You’ll need the full 7-8 days.

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2. Re: Vegas, Zion, Bryce, Antelope, North Rim loop

There is no central location to stay to visit all these parks. You need to look at a map to see the vast distances between. Secure lodging before you purchase your airfare.

Why the North Rim? Few facilities at North Rim compared to the South Rim. Have you been to the South Rim?

Here is an itinerary:

Night 1: Arrive morning flight to LAS Airport. Drive to a lodge room on the South Rim for 1 night, book here:

https:/…lodging.htm

Night 2: After sunrise drive along Desert View Drive stopping at overlooks and proceed to Page stopping at Horseshoe Bend, night in Page

Night 3: Morning tour Antelope Canyon, book here:

https:/…

Then drive to Bryce Canyon for 1 night, book either the lodge or Bryce Canyon Grand, book here:

https://www.brycecanyonforever.com/…

https:/…

Nights 4, 5 and 6: Zion staying at a hotel in Springdale

Nights 7 and 8: St George staying at either Red Mountain Resort or the Inn at Entrada, see and book here:

https://www.innatentrada.com/en-us

https://www.redmountainresort.com/…

Spend your days enjoying St. George plus the Snow Canyon State Park the "little Zion"

Enjoy outdoor Broadway level theater surrounded by the red rock of St. George at the tuacahn amphitheater:

https://www.tuacahn.org/online/

Resort luxury, theater, fine dining, outdoor activities are all found in St. George

Next morning - drive 2 hrs to flight home from LAS Airport

Edited: 9:37 pm, June 19, 2019
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3. Re: Vegas, Zion, Bryce, Antelope, North Rim loop

Thank you for all the information. The itineerary from SwimFan2012 looks very interesting. I will look into going to the South Rim. I have never been in the area so it is all new to me. I was thinking the North Rim because I had been told it was nicer than the South Rim. Probably less crowded too. I also was considering the fact that most of what I was looking to see is on the north side ofthe GC.

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4. Re: Vegas, Zion, Bryce, Antelope, North Rim loop

The North Rim is very remote and there are fewer viewpoints and the view points are many miles apart. If you have never been then the South Rim is better suited for a first time visit.

Here is a sunset from the South Rim of shadowed visitors :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/152544914@N02/48009719087/in/dateposted/

and what it looks like at night from the South Rim:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/152544914@N02/34005755180/in/dateposted/

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5. Re: Vegas, Zion, Bryce, Antelope, North Rim loop

The drive to the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim from Page is no longer than the drive to the north rim. The south rim has much more to see, do, and learn. And more facilities to handle and service the visitors. The myth of less crowds at the north rim is just that. With only one lodge, less infrastructure and fewer, more distant viewpoints, the crowding still happens.

It’s not about numbers.

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6. Re: Vegas, Zion, Bryce, Antelope, North Rim loop

If you are concerned about crowds, then cross Antelope Canyon and Zion off your list. Crowds have become a fact of life in this region, particularly Zion which is the most popular national park in Utah.

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7. Re: Vegas, Zion, Bryce, Antelope, North Rim loop

OP,

First off, per Connie's comment, I abhor crowds, yet we visit during busy times of the year to these parks. There are ways to mitigate for crowds at Antelope Canyon and Zion. Here is how we chose to visit both during peak periods and not be impacted by the crowds: For details see the trip reports linked below.

Zion - spend the night at the Zion Lodge. you may want to plan your trip around availability at the lodge. By staying at the lodge you can drive your car up Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to the lodge and take in the grandeur of the park in the quietness of your car and not have to be jammed in a non-air conditioned shuttle like sardines. Once at the lodge several trails begin at your nightly door step: Emerald Pools Trail, Grotto trail with continuation to Angel's Landing. This also gives you the opportunity to begin Angel's Landing before the day trippers enter the park via shuttle. Plus, in the evening after the day trippers leave you have the park to yourselves. We found this very enjoyable to walk around by ourselves. You can also leave and enter the park at will for example if you wanted to go to Springdale. Book the lodge here:

https:/…

Also, get dinner reservations at the very nice Red Rock Gril.

Antelope Canyon - do the night sightseer or photography tour of Upper Antelope Canyon. The tour is limited to 12 so never crowded. Book the tour here:

https:/…Night.asp

Read about my night tour of Antelope Canyon in this trip report:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g28924…

Read about our stay at Zion Lodge in Zion in this trip report:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g28965…

Edited: 7:54 am, June 20, 2019
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8. Re: Vegas, Zion, Bryce, Antelope, North Rim loop

Agree that while the North Rim is beautiful, the South Rim will be more practical to visit for several reasons. For one, it has a lot more in the way of visitor services in the immediate vicinity of the canyon (hotels, restaurants, etc.). It also has more accessible square mileage from which to view the Grand Canyon.

That said, there might still be a way to get a glimpse of the North Rim without actually going there: fly over it. Fixed wing airplanes and helicopters depart from Grand Canyon National Park Airport daily, and while they don't land at the North Rim (no airstrip anymore), they make a long enough pass over it to give you a sense of how different it is from the South Rim. Mornings are the best time to fly for better light and less wind. If possible, spring for the 45-minute flight on the Eco-Star helicopter. https:/…

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9. Re: Vegas, Zion, Bryce, Antelope, North Rim loop

Wow, thank you so much everyone. Lots of great info here. Will it matter if we go in mid to late September or early October for weather? We are not big hikers...more like casual walkers..but love to see the beauty and would enjoy a nice not too stressful walk.. I enjoy taking photos. The lodging in the parks seems to be pretty booked up. If we cannot stay in the parks what are the best locations just outside the parks? Also, do the parks allow for us to drive through or must you take a shuttle?

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