I will be joining family members on a round-trip tour of national parks in the southwest US in early April, and in order to make travel more flexible we'd prefer not to book lodging in advance if we can. Will traveling in early April make booking lodging difficult due to high demand?

Our route consists of traveling through, and staying in the areas around:

  • Las Vegas
  • Hoover Dam
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Marble Canyon
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Monument Valley
  • Glen Canyon National Rec. Area
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Dixie National Forest
  • Zion National Park
  • Parashant National Monument
  • Valley of Fire State Park
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    No, April is not peak season.
    – Giorgio
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 3:43
  • Keep in mind that some hotels inside the national parks may not yet be open, so you might be looking at lodging outside. But none of the parks you are considering is that large to make driving in each day that bothersome.
    – user13044
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 7:00
  • It's highly variable. At one extreme, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon will still be closed for the winter and Bryce Canyon is still ramping up for summer; at the other extreme, Zion is reasonably active and Death Valley (where you aren't going) will be winding down from peak season.
    – Mark
    Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 1:08

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The National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics website provides monthly statistics including visitor data for all national parks.

An examination of the data for parks in the southwest indicates April is generally not among the top three months by visitor traffic and hence not peak season thus by extension booking during those periods should not be too difficult.

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