10 days in Utah Itinerary

10 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah trip planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive to Cortez, Fly to Dallas

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Arches National Park

— 3 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Pine Tree Arch, trek along Landscape Arch, then hike along Devils Garden Trailhead, and finally don't miss a visit to Partition Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Windows, take some stellar pictures from Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint, don't miss a visit to Delicate Arch, then don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch, then explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Arches National Park trip simple and quick.

Dallas to Arches National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Arches National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in December, expect Arches National Park to be cooler, temps between 38°F and 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Canyonlands National Park

— 2 nights
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get great views at Grand View Point Overlook and then cruise along White Rim Road. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, head outdoors with Syncline Loop, then explore the striking landscape of Island in the Sky, then stroll through Pothole Point Trail, and finally get great views at Green River Overlook.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Canyonlands National Park attractions website.

Getting from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 15°F. You'll set off for Capitol Reef National Park on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Capitol Reef National Park

— 2 nights
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Factory Butte, then get outside with Notom Road Scenic Backway, and then admire the landmark architecture of Fruita Schoolhouse. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Capitol Reef National Park and then trek along Capitol Gorge Trail.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Capitol Reef National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Canyonlands National Park in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Capitol Reef National Park, with lows of 8°F. You will leave for Monument Valley on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Monument Valley

— 2 nights
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Monument Valley day trip planner.

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Monument Valley in 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Monument Valley when traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in December, with lows around 20°F. On the 2nd (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Utah travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.