My first couple of days I'm solid on my itinerary, but I'm a little torn on my next couple fo days.
Day 1:Home>Yosemite>Tioga Pass>camping somewhere beyond there
Day 2:Drive from somewhere east of Yosemite (not sure exactly where I'll camp), to Springdale (449 miles) which is fine because there isn't much I plan on long term stopping, aside from probably lunch in Rachel NV and a quick look around Caliente. Hotel stay it after the long drive.
Day 3: Zion in the morning. Bryce Canyon in the later afternoon. Camping in the Bryce area. Less than 100 miles of driving. Plenty of sightseeing time.
Day 4 is my question.
Option 1: Bryce>Escalante>Calf Creek (including the hike for 5.5 miles roundtrip to the falls)>Capitol Reef>Natural Bridges>Moab
389.1 miles, which is a lot with a 2+hr hike and 3 parks to look over.
Option 2: Bryce>Escalante>Calf Creek>CRNP>Moab via 24-70.
Only 272 miles, but I'll miss crossing the Colorado and Natural Bridges, as well as a lot of 191 scenery, since it would really add mileage if I do it after Mesa Verde a few days later.
Option 3: Bryce>Escalante>Calf Creek>CRNP>Bullfrog Creek- Camp overnight
Next day take Ferry over Glen Canyon, then on to Natural Bridges then Moab.
I'm planning 2 days in Moab for Arches/Canyonlands, but I'd probably have to cut that to 1 day instead if I use this route. I'd probably see Canyonlands on the way, then Arches the next morning before I head out.
The next leg is heading to Cortez, CO via 145 after 2 days (or 1) in Moab
Which plan sounds better?