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  1. Default 9 days trip plan for national parks in ca and utah, advice needed

    My wife and I have 9 days at the beginning of this August, we are now planning a trip in Las vegas and the surrounding national parks. Our plan is as following
    Day 1, check out las vegas.
    Day 2, drive through death valley national park and then check out kings canyon
    Day 3, hike in kings canyon/sequare np., drive to great basin np, camp in great basin np. We have to skip Yosemite np, otherwise, we will not have time to visit national parks in Utah.
    Day 4, hike in great basin np. Then drive to Capitol reef np, camp in capitol reef.
    Day 5, check out capitol reef and drive to Bryce canyon, camp there.
    Day 6, drive to zion np, hike in zion and camp there.
    Day 7, hike more in zion and then drive to grand canyon np in the evening.
    Day 8, check out grand canyon.
    Day 9, back to Las vegas to catch up the plane in the evening.
    Any one can comment our plan? Is it feasible? We know the time is tight for our trip, so we have to skip some nice park such as Yosemite, arches national parků
    Many thanks!

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    Day 2, drive through death valley national park and then check out kings canyon
    This is 450 miles of driving. Not going to give you much time to check out either Death Valley which by the way is going to be so hot you won't want to leave your car anyways. There is no mountain pass between Death Valley and Kings Canyon/Sequoia. You have to drive around.

    Day 3, hike in kings canyon/sequare np., drive to great basin np, camp in great basin np. We have to skip Yosemite np, otherwise, we will not have time to visit national parks in Utah.
    Kings Canyon/Sequoia to Great Basin is 720 miles and you really can't even drive between the two locations in a day, let alone do any sightseeing at either location.

    Kings Canyon/Sequoia adds 600 miles to your route and with very limited time there, I would consider skipping this part of your trip. Just because of the heat, you might consider skipping Death Valley too.

    Day 4, hike in great basin np. Then drive to Capitol reef np, camp in capitol reef.
    This is 255 miles. Not bad for a day, but you need to get to Capitol Reef early in the day to get a campsite in the park.

    If you are just wanting to drive in and out of the parks, then you're plan might work if you cut out Kings/Sequioa. If you want to spend any time in some of the parks, then you need to cut out some of the driving.

    I'd recommend at the most Death Valley, Capitol Reef, Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyon and have some time to enjoy each of the parks.

    Utahtea

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    Default Kings Canyon is out of your way

    Hi, and Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum.

    That is quite a bit to pack into 9 days, but perfectly doable, with the exception of what Utahtea has mentioned, you cannot actually drive from Death Valley to Kings Canyon over the mountains. I would suggest that if you need to skip Yosemite, that you leave Kings Canyon for another day. That would leave you free to do Death Valley as a day trip from LV, and head straight to Great Basin from LV on the next day.

    In the limited time you have, and since you are on the northern side, I would recommend that you visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. This is every bit as spectacular as the South Rim, nowhere near as commercialised and since it is less crowded, much easier to park. There are lots of short and medium hikes from the North Rim, as well as view points and trail heads to drive to. It is worth it, even if just to photograph the Colorado River through Angels Window.

    If you can't get a camp or accommodation at the North Rim, Kanab is a neat little town nearby.

    Lifey

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    Default Grand circle ?

    I have to agree with the above comments and would like to recommend the 'Grand circle' tour from Vegas that will give you more time out of the car to enjoy the natural wonders.

    This would be from LV to Zion NP to Bryce canyon [via the Mt Carmel highway/Checkerboard Mesa and Red rock state park] to Capitol Reef [through Escalante on the wonderful Utah scenic 12 to Torrey] At Hanksville you can head south on 95 [Natural bridges NM and take UT261 to Mexican Hat, taking you down the rather exciting 'Moki Dugway' and past Goosenecks state park and on to Monument valley. From MV you head past Cameron trading post and take Desert view drive [64] into the South rim of the GC before heading back to Vegas via the Hoover dam.

    You could alter the basic outline by visiting the North rim, or even continuing to Arches NP from Hanksville and heading South on 191 towards Monument valley. Of course it is for you to decide, but with limited time, Kings canyon and Great basin are adding a lot of miles when there are so many great little places you could visit in a tighter circle, offering you more time to enjoy them.

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    Thank you guys for the advices, i do have some further questions for you.
    1. Since it is impossible to drive directly from death valley to kings canyon, then what's the best way to drive from dealth valley to kings canyon and how fast?
    2. i have google the distance between kings canyon and great basin np (from biship,nv to baker, nv via US 6), it is around 340 miles. so maybe is it not bad for a day.
    3. Based on your advices, we want to try this route
    LV-great basin np-zion-bryce np-capitol reef- arches np-grand canyon-LV.

    any comments on this route.

    Thank you.

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    Default It's the mountains.

    As has been mentioned, there is a mountain range blocking your passage from the east of the Sierra Nevada to Kings canyon. You can't get to Kings canyon from Bishop in under 8 hours unless you have a helicopter. You need to enter 'Cedar grove CA' into your map and then your start and finish points to and from there and then add about 20% to the google travel estimate. From Cedar grove [Kings canyon] to Baker is about 600 miles via the Tioga pass [CA120] through Yosemite and would 12 hours or more to travel.
    Vegas to Cedar grove via Death valley with a minimal amount of stops will also be a 12 hour plus day in the car. You wouldn't have time to hike or explore these places other than what you see through the windshield from the car.

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    zhappybird,

    You might be mislead by your map that Kings Canyon National Park is accessible from the Inyo Valley and Hwy 395. It is true that Mt. Whitney is within the Kings Canyon National Park boundary and most people summit Mt. Whitney by starting from the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada at Whitney Portal. It is a long hike to Mt. Whitney and you need a permit. There are plenty of other hiking opportunities in the eastern Sierra Nevada via Whitney Portal, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek, etc. Thee is an Interagency Visitor Center along Highway 395, just south of the town of Lone Pine that can assist you.

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    2. i have google the distance between kings canyon and great basin np (from biship,nv to baker, nv via US 6), it is around 340 miles. so maybe is it not bad for a day.
    The problem is that you can't reach Kings Canyon from Bishop, CA. The park entrances are on the west side of the park. Maybe looking at the map of the park will help.

    3. Based on your advices, we want to try this route
    LV-great basin np-zion-bryce np-capitol reef- arches np-grand canyon-LV.
    Day 1, check out Las Vegas.
    Day 2, Drive 300 miles to Great Basin NP and see park
    Day 3, Drive 200 miles to Zion and see park.
    Day 4, Spend morning in Zion doing one of the hikes and then drive 86 miles to Bryce. Check out Bryce
    Day 5, Drive 120 miles on scenic Hwy 12 from Bryce to Capitol Reef and see park. Check campground first thing to make sure you can get a campsite!
    Day 6, Drive 150 miles from Capitol Reef to Moab, Utah. Chances of getting a camping site at either Arches or Canyonlands will be slim to none if you don't have reservations at Devils Campground in Arches. There are only 12 campsites at Canyonlands Island in the sky. There are plenty of BLM campgrounds along the Colorado River on Hwy 128 and Hwy 279 (The Potash Road) There is camping at Dead Horse State park, but since we've never tried to camp there I have no idea how fast they fill up. If you get an early start try to see either Arches or Canyonlands on this day.
    Day 7, Visit the park you didn't get to see. If you do Canyonlands during the day, you might be able to do a late afternoon hike in Arches. Delicate Arch is an awesome hike!
    Day 8, Drive 320 miles from Moab to Grand Canyon, S. Rim and visit canyon
    Day 9, Drive 360 miles back to Las Vegas to catch evening flight

    Yes, I think this plan is much better. You still aren't going to have much time at each park, but enough to see the highlights.

    If you settle on a route and dates, I'd recommend making camping reservations at Zion, Arches if you can get a site and Grand Canyon. Nothing worse than spending the day looking for a place to camp instead of seeing the sights!

    Utahtea

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    Thank you, we decide to skip the great basin np as well to have more time in the parks. you remind me an important issue on camping, we have reserved a camping site in zion np, but the camping sites in bryce canyon and capitol reef are not availble for reservation. so should we come to these two parks very early morning to secure a camping site?

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    Default Rubys Inn is good.

    Ideally, yes it would be better to arrive early to try and secure a site but when you are already tight on time this would apply more pressure. For Bryce canyon you could see if there are any sites available, here at Rubys Inn. It's right by the entrance to the park from where you can get the free shuttle bus. It's a pretty cool place too ! [It might be booked up though]

    There are campgrounds in Torrey and Hanksville [Red rock campground I believe[?] that could be used as a base for Capitol reef, either by booking in advance or 'just in case'.

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