9 days in Arches National Park, Monument Valley & Southwestern Utah Itinerary

9 days in Arches National Park, Monument Valley & Southwestern Utah Itinerary

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Arches National Park
— 1 night
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Monument Valley
— 3 nights
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Kanab
— 1 night
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
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Arches National Park

— 1 night

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 20th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Delicate Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Windows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): make a trip to Wolfe Ranch, then explore the striking landscape at Landscape Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Sand Dune Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Arches National Park attractions planning app.

Louisville to Arches National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Louisville, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Arches National Park, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Monument Valley

— 3 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. Step out of Monument Valley to go to Blanding and see Goosenecks State Park, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, get interesting insight from Tours, stroll through Wildcat Trail, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

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Drive from Arches National Park to Monument Valley in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Arches National Park in March, expect nights in Monument Valley to be about the same, around 31°F, while days are slightly colder, around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Kanab

— 1 night
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. On the 25th (Thu), look for gifts at Denny's Wigwam, look for all kinds of wild species at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, then take in the exciting artwork at Raven's Heart Gallery, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kanab trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Kanab takes 4 hours. When traveling from Monument Valley in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kanab, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Tours · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 26th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, take some stellar pictures from Sunrise Point, then trek along Queen's Garden Trail, and finally stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanab to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kanab in March, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 49°F and lows at 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

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.
To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park online attractions planner.

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In March, Zion National Park is somewhat warmer than Bryce Canyon National Park - with highs of 64°F and lows of 30°F. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails