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zion/bryce base

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zion/bryce base

We're planning a trip to the US next March /April.

Current plan is to drive up to Springdale after our flight into Vegas and stay at Clifrose for 3 nights then move on to Bryce for one night before heading off to Page.

I just wonder if we'd be better off spending 4 nights in Springdale and driving to Bryce for a day from our accommodation. We a family of 2 adults and 2 teenage boys and I anticipate that keeping our changes of accommodation to a minimum will be helpful.

After Bryce we have 2 nights in Page, 2 at Monument Valley, 3 at grand canyon and 3 in Vegas.

Any views on this will be appreciated.

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1. Re: zion/bryce base

You have a lot of time for a great trip! It seems like you're cutting Bryce short. Assuming you''ve got good maps, consider spending the night in Kanab or Carmel Junction. That's a good spot between all those areas.

My own experience on road trips is that changing accomodations is no big deal.

Carefully consider the weather. What will the temperature be at each place? Will there still be snow on the ground?

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2. Re: zion/bryce base

I'm with Danny and have no problem changing accommodations often on a road trip. However, we're all different and friends I travel with often prefer to settle in one place for a few days.

I can see that with a family of four you may find it easier to stay in Springdale and do Bryce as a day-trip. This is certainly doable and so your plan seems sensible. If you stayed at Ruby's Inn at Bryce there is a good swimming pool there which the teenagers (and the adults) may like to use in the evening there (if nowhere else on the trip has a pool).

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3. Re: zion/bryce base

If you're looking at a map and thinking about driving from Bryce Canyon to Page, AZ, be aware that some of the roads on your map may be unpaved. These wash out from time to time in heavy storms and they seem to stay that way a long time before they're fixed. When in Bryce ask about this at the visitor center.

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4. Re: zion/bryce base

In late March, you may still run into snow - perhaps even fairly heavy snow at Bryce. The travel brochures, websites, and photo books always seem to show the parks in southern Utah in the summer. They don't show the snowy roads in winter. So, my advice would be to take a look at the weather when you arrive at Springdale and talk to some Springdale locals about the drive to Bryce. At that time of year you shouldn't run into difficulty with changing reservations if it looks like the roads would be bad. Late winter/early spring weather in Utah is hard to predict. The difference one week can make is sometimes surprising. So, stay flexible and prepare to make a change if necessary.

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5. Re: zion/bryce base

Snow could be a factor which has already been addressed. Cliffrose is lovely - stayed there in August. I would stay overnight at the Bryce Canyon Lodge in the park - the cabins are first rate - very nicley appointed. Do NOT stay at Ruby's Inn - its a glorified truck stop covered in asphalt and not what you came to see in the Brce area. The mule/horse ride into Bryce was spectacular. Zion's horse/mule ride was very good as well. For both you cover a lot of the park more so than you might on foort given the elevation (nearly mile high above sea level at Bryce) and the steep climbs of the park terrain. I was not crazy about Las Vegas - sort of sordid but it depends on what sorts of things you like.

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6. Re: zion/bryce base

Thank you all for your tips. Will discuss with hubby. Have a room at Bryce Canyon Lodge (motel style) for one night.

On Vegas - my teenage sons and hubby were keen to experience - otherwise we'd have flown in to another city. We aim to gawp at the strip and catch a couple of shows. Staying off strip in a non casino hotel as we're no fans of gambling or cigarette smoke!

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7. Re: zion/bryce base

Hi Betty

If you have the chance to stay at Bryce Canyon Lodge I strongly recommend that stay. Bryce is a little higher than 1 mile. It's between 7000 and 9000 ft. so bring woollies.

For Las Vegas. We like to go back every 5 years or so, so next year it will be our 4th visit. Love it or hate it but don't miss, although 1 full day and 2 evenings always were more than enough to us. Smoking and gambling is like ManUnited and Ferguson: Attached to each other forever.

Tet{:o)-

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