We moved to Park City, UT last winter, and we’re excited to explore more of the state this fall. We’re planning a trip to SW Utah in mid-September. We’ve never been to any of the national or state parks down there, so it’s a little overwhelming to make a plan.
We’ll be towing a 23’ Airstream. We will drive down on a Wed 9/16, arriving in the early afternoon, and we have to drive back on Sunday mid-day 9/20. So, that gives us about four days.
We’re trying to decide between the Zion area, Bryce area, or both. We’d like to do a combination of camping in campgrounds and boondocking. Given that we only have 4 days, would it be best to choose one of these areas? From what I can tell, Bryce is about 3 hours away from Zion towing a trailer, and that might be too much driving given that we have a 4-4.5 hour trip to get to/return from SW UT.
We managed to get a spot at Watchman on Wed/Thu night, then I was thinking of doing some boondocking on Sheep Bridge Road, Smithsonian Butte, or the Virgin Dam area on Fri/Sat night. We could explore the main area of Zion on Wed afternoon, Thu, and Fri AM, then maybe Kolob Canyons and Cedar Breaks on Sat/Sun?
We also reserved a spot at Kodachrome Basin State Park from Wed-Sun. If we choose the Bryce area, we could use this campground as a home base and explore Bryce, the Kodachrome Basin, Red Canyon, and even Cedar Breaks (though it’s a bit further away).
I know both would probably be great trips, but which would you choose at this time of year?