You would have to go south to CA-178 or north to CA-88, unless CA-108 or CA-4 are open. It's easy enough to check on the status before you leave Zion.
Here is the information from her photo: (added by Moderator)
Tuesday.........June 1st........Las Vegas
Wednesday........June 2nd....... Hoover Dam Tour, Grand Canyon
Thursday....... June 3rd....... Grand Canyon
Friday....... June 4th....... Horseshoe Bend & Bryce
Saturday....... June 5th....... Zion
Sunday....... June 6th....... Zion
Monday....... June 7th....... Zion to Lee Vining
Tue to Thurs....... June 8 to 10....... Yosemite
Fri to Sat....... June 11 to 12....... San Francisco
Sunday....... June 13....... Leave
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Just click on 'reply' to do so without a quote. With your updated plan I presume you are visiting the South rim ? Yes it would work but now you are getting down to the fine details where with or without Bryce will work but it's at what pace you want to travel and what your gut tells you. Personally I would choose Bryce over a Hoover Dam tour if I had to choose, but again it's all about personal choice.
I didn’t realize how young your children are.
The 4 year old will not remember this vacation; the 7 year old, barely. Both would probably be happy with a local park. I speak from experience with my family and all the money we wasted at WDW which nobody remembered a couple years later.
That being said, I very highly recommend that you focus on Bryce and Arches. I’d also maybe throw Goblin Valley State Park into the mix. That’s where part of the sci fi comedy Galaxy Quest was filmed. Perhaps your 7 year old saw it.
We all have our favourites and this area is outstanding so we could just keep making alternative suggestions. However, I think you have the basics for an amazing trip which includes my personal favourite, Yosemite and I think you should stick to the things you were first attracted to. Trust me, once you have visited once you will make it one of your lifes goals to go back again. (and again!)
I would not book in advance for this night of the trip, or have a late cancellation option for it. If Tioga pass were to be closed you could head south around the mountains to Bakersfield from Zion and then to Visalia/Fresno area for the night. Lee Vining would still be an option but having to go around to the north could take a few hours more than it would start starting out from Visalia. Just be aware that both options would be a long day on the road, especially for the young ones. Your other option, if you prefer to have it all sorted in your mind, is to revert to driving through Death valley and staying in Lone Pine overnight which gives you the option of heading north or south but it would take much of your day to get into Yosemite valley. Other than sorting those points out, I think you have pretty much nailed it and are in for an incredible family adventure !!Ok I'm really looking at the ET highway route but what happens if the Tioga pass is closed
(I would say the odds are in your favour with regards to Tioga pass being open and if it is, You don't want to miss it !!)