9 days in Utah Itinerary

9 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah route planner

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Make it your trip
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
3
Capitol Reef National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Escalante
— 2 nights
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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 6th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, explore the striking landscape at Windows, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tunnel Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Landscape Arch. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Fiery Furnace, explore the striking landscape at Sand Dune Arch, then make a trip to Delicate Arch, and finally make a trip to Wolfe Ranch.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park travel planner.

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. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dallas in March, with highs in Arches National Park at 62°F and lows at 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (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

— 1 night
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.
On the 8th (Mon), hike along White Rim Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, then trek along Pothole Point Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Canyonlands National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Canyonlands National Park can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Capitol Reef National Park

— 3 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.
Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Capitol Reef National Park . And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Little Wild Horse Canyon, trek along Capitol Gorge Trail, steep yourself in history at Fruita Schoolhouse, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Wash Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Capitol Reef National Park trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Canyonlands National Park in March; daily highs in Capitol Reef National Park reach 49°F and lows reach 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Escalante.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Escalante

— 2 nights
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 12th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Devils Garden, then explore and take pictures at The Hogback, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Kodachrome Basin State Park, stroll through Mossy Cave Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Escalante online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Escalante in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 20°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Escalante

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.