Utah national parks itinerary

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The state of Utah is gifted with the natural scenery which is a rare sight elsewhere in the United States. In this blog post I recommend  a utah national parks 7 day itinerary. If you have less time, you can cover this same trip in 5 days.

Remember you need to self drive to follow this 5 day itinerary to National Parks in Utah, since you will be traveling a lot across 4 different parks. This itinerary is based upon my own personal trip to Utah National Parks, hence I speak from experience. You can even go for Utah RV Rental to ease your travel; the RV parks here are a good value for money.

Here’s a list of top national parks in Utah to visit:

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

One of the most visited national park in Utah is the fabulous Zion National Park. The park has some of the Utah’s most stunning scenery including the beautiful Red rock cliffs and majestic waterfalls. Zion National Park is located around 3 hours drive from the city of Las Vegas.

I will suggest you start exploring the Zion Canyon as your base. The scenic Zion Canyon drive is just something else providing you the astounding views of the valley. The best time to visit Zion National Park is during the spring and fall.

Take the sightseeing bus which will take you to the paved route, stopping at the designated sites, alternatively you can self drive and choose where to stop! Self drive is the best approach if you do not wish to miss the astounding vistas and lookout points.

Zion is also considered hiker’s paradise, because of the vertical walls which provide unparalleled climbing experience. But if you are looking for an unparalleled caving experience, you should go an explore the caves of Mammoth Cave National Park, in-fact it Mammoth Cave is also home to the world’s longest cave system!

You can also do walks on trails on the valley floor or on the cliff sides. The most popular of them all is the Angel’s Landing, but it is only meant for experienced hikers.

Great thing is that a no. of good campgrounds exists in the area, there are also RV parks if you have one.

 

Arches National Park

Arches National Park, Utah

Arches National Park, Utah

Arches National Park is my favorite national park in Utah. The astounding stone arches set against the snow capped peaks are just out of the world. The La Sal Mountains are absolutely fabulous and complete the arid scenery of the area.

Do you know that Arches National Park houses more than 2,000 stone arches! This place is a photographer’s paradise. The most famous of them all is the Delicate Arch which you might have seen thousand times in photographs splashed across the web. The horseshoe shaped arch against the backdrop of endless mountains is simply stunning.

The park is filled with several walking trails, and hikes leading up to the famous rock formations and arches in the park.

If you are not into hiking, the top highlights can still easily be seen when you take a scenic drive across the park.

The other top things to see in the park include Devil’s Garden, Fiery Furnace, Park Avenue, Balanced Rock and the Double Arch. The Arches National Park is situated just one the outskirts of the town of Moab. The road to the park from Moab town is winding road which goes higher presenting you with impressive vistas all around. As for the places to stay near Arches National Park, there are quality campgrounds and RV parks nearby.

 

The Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Oljato Monument Valley, United States

Oljato Monument Valley, United States

The Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is situated in southeastern Utah, in the Navajo Indian Reservation. The park is popular for shooting location for films. The scenic area consists of the fabulous red mesas and stunning stone pinnacles.

I will recommend you to take the Valley Drive which goes through a no. of bends, the 17-mile dirt road is filled with amazing scenery. You can stop by the road any time to take pictures. You can also opt in for a guide if you are looking for more engaging tour, just ask at the visitor center at the entrance of the park.

 

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park is also popularly known as Utah’s Grand Canyon. The park is divided into three areas, but it is the main section which is visited the most. It is because the other areas are little remote. If you do have time in hand, check out the Needles District for vertical pin point shaped rock formations.

The view of the carved canyons set against the backdrop of snow capped mountains is simply magnificient to look at. Although, not as frequented as Grand Canyon, I think Canyonlands is beautiful and unique in its own way.

The main attraction of Canyonlands National Park are however, the Island in the Sky and the Mesa Arch. I recommend you to visit the arch either in the early morning or late in the evening.

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