We've just returned from our 3 day trip up to Zion and Bryce National Parks.
Zion is about 2 1/2 hours from our house, and Bryce, another 1 1/2 hours.
We left early Tuesday and arrived at the entrance to Zion around 11 am their time They are in Mountain time. They are an hour ahead of Vegas. I had bought a Senior Park Pass online over 3 weeks ago, but didn't receive it before we left. We figured we'd have to pay to get in. I printed out my e-mail confirmation, hoping that would be enough to get us in. The ranger was so very nice and understanding and gave us a free pass. :-)
It was a little cool, around 60. But not bad. We had been to these 2 parks about 20 some years ago. Zion, you travel through a valley surrounded by giant vertical cliffs that were carved by the river that runs through it. This is the only pic I got in there because the valley is so narrow and the cliffs so high.....
Bryce was a lot colder than Zion even though they are only about an hour apart. That's because you go through Zion on the canyon floor, and Bryce, you go along the top of the canyon which was between 8000 and 9000 ft. A chilly 50 degrees.