10 days in Utah & Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Utah & Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Phoenix
Drive:  8 h
1
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
End: Phoenix


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2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon, explore the landscape on two wheels at Pa'rus Trail, and then stroll through Angel's Landing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverside Walk, then trek along Temple of Sinawava Trail, and then trek along Kayenta Trail.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip planner.

Phoenix to Zion National Park is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in July: highs in Zion National Park hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail

2
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hike along Navajo Loop Trail, take some stellar pictures from Sunset Point, and then hike along Queen's Garden Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Peek-A-Boo Loop and then stroll through Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park itinerary site.

Drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in July, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 32°C and lows at 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail

2
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Windows and then take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch. On the next day, make a trip to Delicate Arch and then hike along Devils Garden Trailhead.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park route builder website.

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Arches National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. In July, Arches National Park is a bit warmer than Bryce Canyon National Park - with highs of 42°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Devils Garden Trailhead ©
Devils Garden Trailhead
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Ruins Road, trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, and then explore the ancient world of Far View Sites.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip maker.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Arches National Park in July; daily highs in Mesa Verde National Park reach 38°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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