My husband and I are in the process of planning a road trip from Las Vegas to Park City, Utah for late October-early November. We plan to take in as many of the National Parks in Utah as possible, and understand that some visitor centers may be closed. We plan to do only mild hiking on marked trails, and no off-roading. We are not reckless people. We really just want to see the sights.
We're looking at a route such as this over 9-10 days:
Las Vegas to the St. George area on I-15
E on Rt. 9 to Springdale for Zion NP
Rt. 9 to Rt. 89 to Rt. 12 to Bryce Canyon City for Bryce NP
Rt. 12 to Torrey, Rt. 24 through Capitol Reef NP to Hanksvile
South on Rt. 95 to Blanding
N on Rt. 191 to Moab, for Arches NP and the northern part of Canyonlands NP
Then continuing nnw toward Park City, trying to stay on scenic back roads, again, weather permitting.
Would there be any advantage to doing the trip in the opposite direction -- from Park City to Las Vegas? Apart from the fact that a one-way rental seems to be cheaper from Las Vegas to Park City.
And about the car -- would we need 4-wheel drive or would an all-wheel drive suffice? We don't plan to do any off-road driving. We both have experience driving in the snow in the east. We'll have made a reservation to fly back east from Salt Lake City, but we can be flexible as to our overnight stops en route, assuming that most hotels are open during this time period. We can hole up for a day or two if weather is bad, and can adjust our route to make our flight home from SLC.
Does this sound reasonable? Any advice for a couple of senior citizens?