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Day planning Zion

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Day planning Zion

We are with 2 adults and 2 teenagers, prefer walks of 1-2,5 hours with the ability for some small stops along the way.

How would you recommend to fix the following elements (or other suggestions for additional / removal) in our schedule (morning/afternoon):

- Narrows (depending on the water flow)

- Zion Tubing (tubing along the Virgin River)

- Lower/Middle/Upper Emerald Pool

- Overlook Trail

- Wheeping Rock

Our schedule:

Wednesday: Page > Bryce

Thursday Bryce > Zion

Friday: Zion

Saturday: Zion

Sunday: Zion > Las Vegas

We stay at Desert Pearl Inn in Springdale. Thank you in advance!

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1. Re: Day planning Zion

Do Canyon Overlook on the way into Zion from Bryce. Its 1 mile r/t and the trailhead is behind the ranger shack just east of the big tunnel.If you sit out there and take pictures, figure on an hour.

The Narrows can take as little or as much time as you want to allow.The best stuff is about two hours up the canyon,so four hours r/t. But you don't have to go that far.You can still get a feel for the canyon by walking up just a ways.

Weeping Rock only takes a few minutes to do. You could continue up the Observation Point trail to Hidden Canyon since they start at the same place.That will take about three hours.Its about 2.5 miles r/t. Do early before the heat sets in.

I don't see Angels Landing on the list. Its a Zion classic. At least go as far as Scouts Lookout which is about 4 miles r/t. Do early to avoid crowds and heat.

You could do all three Emerald pools as a group.

Do the tubing in the heat of mid day to cool off.

A nice evening walk as the sun is going down is the Pa Rus trail. Its paved,flat and follows the river.That would take a couple hours.You could start at canyon junction and walk back to town, then catch the in town shuttle to the hotel.Or walk from the visitor center to Canyon junction and take the park shuttle back to town.Its just short of 4 miles r/t.

Edited: 4:41 pm, June 28, 2011
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First day in as dez says do the Canyon Overlook first. Trailhead is at the entrance to the long tunnel, no signs, just park.

Then after you get settled in your hotel look through the visitors center, take the shuttle, get off at any or all of the stops and get acquainted with the canyon. This would be a good time for the Emerald Pools and Weeping rock trails. You might visit the History museum as well. Stop off there if for nothing else to enjoy the view.

Then you have two full days. You'll want to chose which of those look the best for the Narrows hike (good weather) and plan on all day. It might not take you that long, but then again you may enjoy it so much it might.

The other full day you could do Angel's Landing/scouts lookout in the morning and tubing in the afternoon.

Another good activity would be to rent bikes and take them on the shuttle to the end of the road and bike back. You'll see much more of the canyon than you can on the shuttle.

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I know it's not in your schedule and maybe you won't have the time, but we enjoyed driving up Kolob Terrace Road to Kolob Reservoir at 8000' from Virgin off ut9 This is a very scenic drive with great views. Before you reach Kolob Reservoir, there's an unpaved but good road that leads to Lava Point overlook. Also a great place for a picnic. The views from Lava Point are to die for.

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4. Re: Day planning Zion

Thanks dez40, Kbecjeans and H. Helpful comments!

@Dez40: Is the part till Scouts Lookout recommended if someone has already fear of heights when looking at the pictures? Great idea to combine two (short) hikes, so we are able to avoid the heat. Starting around 8AM?

@Kbecjeans Renting bikes: that's a good one too. Heard only that people had to stop frequently as there is not a separate path for bikes. Wil consider that one for the morning.

@Tet14: Non-4x4 proof? Always good to have some alternatives. Plans might change. :-)

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5. Re: Day planning Zion

Yeah, any car can drive when dry.

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6. Re: Day planning Zion

Too late to edit.

Kolob Terrace rd is all paved till you get to the Reservoir (unpaved semi loop there). You can see when you are in the NP by the color of the road. It's red in the NP. Dez likes to ride his bicycle down but you'll have to get up there first ;) But he has his staff for that -lol-

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7. Re: Day planning Zion

Yes, I sit in the back of my limo and my staff drives me up there! Ha!

(its a crew cab truck with usually a niece or nephew driving!) But Tet is right,thats a real pretty area up there.

You should be ok getting to Scouts Lookout, beyond that to Angels Landing is where you do not want to be if you have a fear of heights.Hidden Canyon may not be a good idea if you have a fear of heights as there are chain sections along that route.

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