18 days in Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

18 days in Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Vernal
— 2 nights
2
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
3
Bluff
— 2 nights
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
5
Zion National Park
— 1 night
6
Bryce
— 2 nights
7
Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
8
Escalante
— 2 nights

2
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Vernal

Vernal ©
Vernal, the county seat and largest city in Uintah County is in northeastern Utah, United States, about 175mi east of Salt Lake City and west of the Colorado border. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Canyon Pintado and McKee Springs Petroglyphs. Visiting Jones Hole Trail and Hog Canyon Trail will get you outdoors. Take a break from Vernal with a short trip to Cub Creek Petroglyphs in Jensen, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Ashley National Forest, take in the dramatic natural features at Moonshine Arch, and appreciate the history behind Seasonally Decorated Dinosaur.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Vernal trip planner.

Draper to Vernal is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Draper in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Vernal, with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Vernal

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Jensen, Jones Hole Trail, Ashley National Forest, Canyon Pintado
Highlights from your plan
Moonshine Arch ©
Moonshine Arch
Ashley National Forest ©
Ashley National Forest

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Park Avenue Trail and Arches National Park Scenic Drive. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sand Dune Arch and Skyline Arch. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arches National Park: Shafer Canyon Overlook (in Canyonlands National Park) and Sego Canyon Petroglyphs (in Thompson). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Double O Arch and make a trip to Partition Arch.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Arches National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Vernal to Arches National Park in 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vernal in August, with highs in Arches National Park at 92°F and lows at 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bluff.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Shafer Canyon Overlook, Sego Canyon Petroglyphs
Highlights from your plan
Broken Arch ©
Broken Arch
Double O Arch ©
Double O Arch
Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch

2
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Bluff

Bluff ©
Bluff is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Juan County, Utah, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Monument Valley Tribal Tours, Petroglyph Point Hike, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Petroglyph Point Hike, appreciate the history behind Four Corners Monument, and then see Monument Valley Tribal Tours. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Bluff Fort Historic Site, stroll the grounds of Pioneer Cemetery, then examine the collection at The Dinosaur Museum, then explore the ancient world of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and finally explore the striking landscape at Comb Ridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Bluff online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Bluff in 2.5 hours. In August, Bluff is little chillier than Arches National Park - with highs of 87°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bluff

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Monument Valley Tribal Tours, The Dinosaur Museum, Petroglyph Point Hike, Four Corners Monument, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Bluff Fort Historic Site ©
Bluff Fort Historic Site
Monument Valley Tribal Tours ©
Monument Valley Tribal Tours

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): hike along Hermit Trail, take some stellar pictures from Pima Point, take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, then examine the collection at Yavapai Geology Museum, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon. On your second day here, walk around Indian Garden, get great views at Yaki Point, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, then get great views at Lookout Studio, then take some stellar pictures from The Abyss, and finally take some stellar pictures from Trailview Overlook.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park holiday planning website.

You can drive from Bluff to Grand Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Bluff in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hermit Trail ©
Hermit Trail
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): trek along Kayenta Trail, hike along Riverside Walk, then trek along Temple of Sinawava Trail, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Checkerboard Mesa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see a world frozen in time at Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town), hike along Watchman Trail, then grab your bike and head to Pa'rus Trail, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Hidden Canyon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zion National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park by shuttle takes about 10 hours. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Zion National Park, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bryce.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)
Highlights from your plan
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail
Watchman Trail ©
Watchman Trail

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Bryce

Bryce ©
Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): experience the excitement of Ruby's Horseback Adventures, hike along Rim Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer, explore the striking landscape at Wall Street, then explore the striking landscape at Queen Victoria, and finally take in breathtaking views at Agua Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see a world frozen in time at Widtsoe Ghost Town, look for gifts at Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, take a memorable drive along Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bryce Amphitheatre, and finally hike along Bristlecone Loop.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryce tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zion National Park to Bryce. Traveling from Zion National Park in August, expect Bryce to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Bryce Canyon National Park
Highlights from your plan
Thor's Hammer ©
Thor's Hammer
Bryce Amphitheatre ©
Bryce Amphitheatre
Agua Canyon ©
Agua Canyon

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the striking features of Fruita Schoolhouse, explore the striking landscape at Factory Butte, trek along Fremont River Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Water Pocket Fold, then steep yourself in history at Behunin Cabin, and finally hike along Chimney Rock Trail. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Fremont Petroglyphs, then steep yourself in history at Pioneer Register, then stroll through Cathedral Valley Loop, and finally take some stellar pictures from Larb Hollow Overlook.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Capitol Reef National Park online road trip planner.

Drive from Bryce to Capitol Reef National Park in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Escalante.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Factory Butte
Highlights from your plan
Factory Butte ©
Factory Butte
Water Pocket Fold ©
Water Pocket Fold
Behunin Cabin ©
Behunin Cabin

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Escalante

Escalante ©
Escalante is a city in Garfield County, Utah, United States located along Utah Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) in the south central part of the state. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Zebra Slot Canyon, explore the ancient world of Anasazi State Park Museum, then admire the sheer force of Lower Calf Creek Falls, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Golden Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Coyote Gulch, then get a new perspective on nature at Escalante Heritage Center, and finally take in breathtaking views at Big Horn Canyon.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Escalante trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Escalante takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Escalante are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Escalante

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Anasazi State Park Museum
Highlights from your plan
Anasazi State Park Museum ©
Anasazi State Park Museum
Escalante Heritage Center ©
Escalante Heritage Center
Big Horn Canyon ©
Big Horn Canyon

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