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| Re: Utah advice please |
Zion fall colors tend to peak around the first week of November. Depending on how the season unfolds, you'll likely catch at least some of this action.
The Kolob Canyon area is about 1000 ft higher than Zion Valley, and should be somewhere near peak during your visit. A few miles further north, just outside Kanarraville, are Spring and Kanarra creeks. Both offer pretty hikes with waterfalls, red rock, and plenty of fall foliage.
Kolob Reservoir Rd, heading N. from Virgin, also offers a route upslope. Lava Point Campground, if still open, offers comparative solitude and a very pretty view. It's significantly higher and cooler than the valley, so bring another blanket or three.
Suggest that you inquire about conditions in these areas when you arrive!
If you want to see pretty slot canyons, there is no reason to slog off to see the shot-to-death Antelope. Try one of the canyons north of Kanab:
Local to Zion:
If you must visit Jackalope, I'd suggest you aim for the 'Lower' section. If you bring a tripod they'll turn you loose for two hours, free to roam without a guide. You'll actually have time to relax and see the amazing scenery... If driving from Bryce to the Page area, inquire into the condition of Cottonwood Canyon Rd. It's likely to be full of flaming trees during your visit.