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Trip Planning - Phoenix-Page-Bryce Canyon-Sedona

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Trip Planning - Phoenix-Page-Bryce Canyon-Sedona

We are planning to start this trip in June 23 and would love you hear advise if this plan is feasible and would not involve too much driving and cover most of the interesting places. Thank YOU very much for your help:

Day 1-2 Phoenix (it's first time we are in Phoenix, would like to see and feel the city a little bit before we head down to the country & mountains)

Day 3 Drive from Phoenix to Page

Day 3 - 5 or 6???

Do we need to stay in Page for 3 or 4 days? We plan to do Lake Powell Boat tours, Upper & Lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend. Also can we do Monument Valley on a day trip?

Day 7-8 Then we want to head down to Bryce Canyon and stay for 2 nights

Day 9 Is it too agressive to drive from Bryce Canyon directly to Sedona in one day? Do we need to stop by somewhere in between for one night?

We plan to stay in Sedona for 2 nights.

If we plan to go to the Waves (Coyote Buttes South), how much more time do we need? Is there tour that we can join to get there? Or we have to get permit ourselves?

Thank you very much for your help & advice.

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1. Re: Trip Planning - Phoenix-Page-Bryce Canyon-Sedona

You will quickly become less than fond of Phoenix's June temperatures, so i would recommend not lingering there. I would spend a day to recover from the flight then get headed up to higher elevations.

Grand Canyon? Have you been there?

2 days in Page is usually sufficient. You might appreciate the 1/2 day float tour on the Colorado River more than long boat trips on the lake. You'll also need to check back later and see if the road to Page has re-opened as it was damaged by a geologic event.

It's possible to drive in one day from Bryce to Sedona, but you're passing up equally beautiful Zion NP.

Monument Valley normally needs at least an overnight. If Hwy 89 is still closed south of Page, this will detour you around that in any case.

You need to look up info about the Wave on the national park website. For any given day, half the permits are issued up to 4 months ahead by reservation, and the remainder are issued the day of a visit. Not good odds for getting a permit.

Sedona is a good place to relax.

One thing you need to realize is that you need firm dates and need to make reservations for lodging. All the places that you wish to visit are very busy at the time of your travel.

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2. Re: Trip Planning - Phoenix-Page-Bryce Canyon-Sedona

The first thing that you need to realize is the from Phoenix you will be going up to all the destinations, not down. This is the case in terms of heading up to the north from PHX and also in terms of traveling from an elevation of about 1,000 feet up to almost 9,000 feet at Bryce and other altitudes in between.

Late June in PHX is when temperatures begin to stay well above 100 degrees in the day time and nearly that high all night long. You'll be ready to leave by day 2 and anxious to get UP to higher altitudes and cooler temps. PHX to Page will take about 5-6 hours. You'll be passing by Sedona and the Grand Canyon. You might want to take the slight detour through Sedona, if only to get a taste of what awaits you at the tail end of the trip.

2-3 days at Page is usually enough. I agree with Bob that the raft trip in Glen Canyon is more appealing that boating on the lake, but that's JMO.

Monument Valley can be done as a day trip from Page, but it really is best experienced with an over night stay at the View Hotel or Gouldings Lodge. These are the only places to stay at Monument Valley. Advance reservations are a must.

Driving up to Bryce will take half a day and as noted, you'll be passing by Zion NP.

The Wave is destination that is tough to get to. As Bob noted it requires a permit. A total of ten permits are issued for each day by lottery, four months in advance. June lottery drawings took place on March 1st. An additional ten permits per day are drawn at the BLM office in Kanab on the day before, not on the day of. You'll likely be among a group of 30-100 hopeful hikers, if you choose to show up early in the morning and attempt to win a permit that way. The point is, you need a few days at Kanab to even try to score Wave permits this way. There are no tours. If you win a permit, there are guides that you can hire.

Bob said that Sedona will be the most relaxing place on your list and I heartily agree. Give it three days at a minimum and if you can add a couple more, you won't regret it.

Look over your plan. Do you intend to skip Grand Canyon and Zion on purpose or this an oversight? Advance planning is a must. You've already missed the Wave lottery. Rooms at Page and Monument Valley and Bryce will be fully booked within the next few weeks, if not already. You might want to do some checking right now before you get too deep in your plans and find out that they aren't possible.

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3. Re: Trip Planning - Phoenix-Page-Bryce Canyon-Sedona

Thank YOU very much for all your advise - this help us tremendously to plan our trip. We actually decided to delay the trip to next year, so that we have more time to plan. Especially for the Waves - even we understand that it is hard to get the permit, we like to try to see if we are "lucky" enough to get one permit. IF we plan for the same trip next year - which time of the year is good to vist the area? Once again - we really appreciate all your advice! :-)

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