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The Ultimate Utah Roadtrip Guide: Explore Natural Wonder

Do you want to go somewhere this summer? Anywhere?! Check out my Ultimate Utah Roadtrip Guide. Pack the car, take a road trip through Utah and visit the Mighty 5 National Parks:

Arches National Park

Zion National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Join me as we plan the perfect itinerary for a Utah road trip that will leave you in awe of the state's natural wonders.

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Utah National Park Roadtrip Mighty 5

Getting Started: Planning Your Route

Where are you coming from?

If you're flying international, the closest airport is Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) from Las Vegas. or Salt Lake (SLC) if you want to see the bright white Boneville Salt Flats (not a national park, but still very fascinating - annual races held every August).

Start the journey in Salt Lake City, the 40-story capital of Utah where you can explore the richest of Mormon History: Temple Square, Tabernacle, Brigham Young's Home, City Creek Mall, The Joseph Smith Memorial Building & more. Outside of Mormonism, there's a great art/sub-culture that can be found off Broadway, 9th & 9th, Pierpont Avenue, The Gateway, Liberty Park & anywhere that serves liquor.

Head towards some of the state's most iconic destinations. Make sure to include stops at Arches National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park to witness the stunning beauty of Utah's natural landscapes.

Day 1: Salt Lake City to Arches National Park

Start the road trip in Salt Lake City and head towards Arches National Park, marvel at the unique rock formations and arches that make this park a photographer's paradise. Don't miss the opportunity to hike to Delicate Arch and witness a magical sunset against the backdrop of the red rocks.

Day 2: Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park

From Arches, make your way to Canyonlands National Park, where rugged canyons and towering mesas await. Take a scenic drive along the park's overlooks and trails, offering panoramic views of the Colorado River carving through the canyon landscape. Set the alarm to catch a sunrise or sunset at Mesa Arch for a truly unforgettable experience.

Day 3: Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park

Continue your journey to Capitol Reef National Park, a hidden gem full of colorful sandstone cliffs, majestic canyons, and natural rock bridges. Explore the scenic drive along the Waterpocket Fold or embark on a hike through the Capitol Gorge to immerse yourself in the park's rugged beauty. Be sure to taste the famous pies at the Gifford Homestead before heading to your next destination.

Day 4: Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park

As you travel towards Bryce Canyon National Park, prepare to be amazed by the otherworldly rock formations known as hoodoos. Take a hike along the rim trails to admire the vast amphitheaters dotted with these unique rock pillars. For a truly memorable experience, venture down into the canyon on Wall Street, or one of the park's challenging trails and witness the hoodoos up close.

Bryce is my favorite! I love the bright orange rocks in the day, and sparkling diamond stars at night. Here, the stars are on fire. One of my favorite trails to hike here is Mossy Cove where the hike takes you to a water hike along the Tropic Ditch. A desert oasis.

There's a cute town off the main street with shops and ice cream. Enjoy what you can, because this is it. There's not a lot of dining options here. I paid to do an ATV ride, but I don't recommend it. I recommend hiking the Mossy Cove Trail instead to get up close and personal to the hoo doos and waterfalls.

Day 5: Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park

Zion is my favorite! I said Bryce, but it's both! My parents live right by Zion National Park, so I know this on the best. From it's lush canyons to emerald rivers, you can bask in the glory of Zion by car and foot.

Drive from Bryce to Zion through the Mt. Carmel Tunnel. Just before you enter, there's parking off the side of the road for the Zion Overlook Hike. A great way to see the whole park by foot (without obtaining a permit for Angel's Landing). It's incredible man even built this tunnel:

Explore the iconic Zion Canyon Scenic Drive or challenge yourself with a hike up Angels Landing for sweeping views of the park's natural wonders. Cool off with a refreshing dip in the Virgin River before bidding farewell to the beauty of Zion. My favorite hikes are: The Emerald Pools, Pa'rus Trail, and secret spots I'll never share on the internet:

Conclusion: Embracing the Spirit of Adventure

As you complete your ultimate Utah road trip, take a moment to honor the beauty of nature. The incredible landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and rich history that make the Beehive State a true marvel. From the soaring peaks of the Wasatch Range to the red rock formations of the southern deserts, Utah offers a tapestry of landscapes waiting to be explored. So fuel up your car, grab your tent, and set out on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Utah's wilderness. The adventure of a lifetime awaits!

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