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Old 07-12-2018, 07:08 PM   #1
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Climate-wise... which is better in September... Bryce Canyon or Zion National Park?

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Old 07-12-2018, 07:11 PM   #2
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Zion is a little cooler - especially if you hike The Narrows.
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Bryce has more trees, but you’re splitting hairs. They both will be sort of hot yet.
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:55 PM   #4
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If you have time spend some time in snow canyon state park just outside of st. George. A hidden gem!
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Climate-wise... which is better in September... Bryce Canyon or Zion National Park?

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Both will be okay. We were there at the end of September 2016. I preferred Zions. Bring water shoes and neoprene socks with you if you plan to hike into the Narrows or rent them. The water temperature was about 53 degrees. The air temperature was about 35 in the morning rising to 72 in the afternoon.
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Normal high in Zion in September is 91. https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvis...er-Chart-2.pdf
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I visited Zion late Sept a couple of years ago. If it was 91 it sure didn't feel like it. Of course I'm used to high humidity in the south.
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I checked back on some phone pictures and nobody was dressed for 91 degree weather. It was cold in the morning and warmed up into the 70's in the afternoon. But what an adventure it was.
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We went to Utah last October. 3 days in Zion followed by 3 days in Bryce, then on to other points. One day in Zion was upper 80's and too warm for us to hike Angel's Landing so we went the next day. Early morning in Bryce was chilly but later was nice. It was mostly the luck of the draw. You can look up climate info for both.
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I checked back on some phone pictures and nobody was dressed for 91 degree weather. It was cold in the morning and warmed up into the 70's in the afternoon. But what an adventure it was.
I live in Colorado. Itís almost always cool overnight and into the morning. The high of the day is usually in the mid to late afternoon. Even then itís a dry heat so you donít notice it as much. It also varies like there is no tomorrow. It can be 70 in January and snow in May.
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I live in Colorado. Itís almost always cool overnight and into the morning. The high of the day is usually in the mid to late afternoon. Even then itís a dry heat so you donít notice it as much. It also varies like there is no tomorrow. It can be 70 in January and snow in May.
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September sounds like a great time to do both (and is when I used to do all my trips, usually great weather everywhere and no summer rush of families as kids are in school), do you have to pick just one?

We went a few years ago in January which was fantastic because there was no one around, had the hole place to ourselves, didn't suffer through stifling summer heat, and Bryce, while always amazing looking, was stunning all dressed in snow, and we never needed more than a sweater. But, unfortunately Zion was not as good in the winter, couldn't do the narrows or Angel's Landing because of ice. We also did the Grand canyon then which was also excellent in the winter.
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Escalante area - Peekaboo
https://utah.com/hiking/peek-a-boo-slot-canyon
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This one might be a bit too far away, but it has been on my bucket list for a long time. The Great Gallery ancient rock art in Canyonlands NP.
https://utah.com/canyonlands-nationa...rseshoe-canyon
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We did all 5 Utah NPís about 3 years ago. It was fantastic. If I could only pick one, Iíd choose Zion. But Iíd hate to only pick one. September is a great month to visit all or any of them imo.
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Can you wait until October...both the parks you mentioned are jam packed for the month of September? The trails in Zion will be wall to wall people.

How about the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, that would get my vote hands down for a September trip.
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I'd vote for Bryce. Bryce is several thousand feet higher in elevation than Zion and should be much cooler. I'm going to Capitol Reef/Escalante/Bryce and the Grand Canyon North Rim the last week of August. September would have been my first choice (the North Rim closes October 15 and earlier if there is snow) but I wanted to stay in the park lodges and there were no openings - supposedly because of all the retirees.
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One option to think about if you are both fit. In Zion you can hike from the top of the Narrows over a 2 day period and camp halfway down. You'll need a permit so I'm not sure if they'd still be available. I've done a lot of backpacking/ hiking and that trip is in the top 2 for me. Amazing, amazing scenery and beauty!

You'll get wet, and will be trudging through some water at times, but it is very doable. As I recall about 17 miles from top to bottom.
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Thank you everyone for all the helpful insights. DrRoy those pictures are incredibly beautiful. Did you take them?
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Old 07-16-2018, 10:30 AM   #20
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Bryce is the highest elevation & thus coolest. I think all of Utah south of I70 ought to be a national park. Great place(s). Last time there was in Sept & quite warm except Bryce which was nice.
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