8 days in Monument Valley, Zion National Park & Bryce Canyon National Park Itinerary

8 days in Monument Valley, Zion National Park & Bryce Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Fly to Cortez, Drive to Monument Valley
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Moab, Fly to Indianapolis

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Monument Valley

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 28th (Mon): trek along Wildcat Trail and then examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Monument Valley trip planner.

Indianapolis to Monument Valley is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Monument Valley due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Monument Valley, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): head outdoors with The Subway, hike along Kayenta Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Kolob Terrace Road.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zion National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Zion National Park in 5.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Zion National Park can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Queen's Garden Trail and Thor's Hammer. Get in touch with nature at Natural Bridge and Rim Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Ponderosa Canyon, take some stellar pictures from Rainbow Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Wall Street.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in October; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 61°F and lows reach 29°F. You will leave for home on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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