11 days in Southeastern Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park & Zion National Park Itinerary

11 days in Southeastern Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park & Zion National Park Itinerary

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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 day
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Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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Canyonlands National Park — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): hike along Aztec Butte Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, and then hike along White Rim Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Canyonlands National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Minneapolis to Canyonlands National Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Canyonlands National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in October: highs in Canyonlands National Park hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Arches National Park.
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Arches National Park — 3 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Windows and Delicate Arch. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Double Arch and Landscape Arch. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace, hike along Tunnel Arch, stroll through Pine Tree Arch Trail, and make a trip to Partition Arch.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Arches National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Canyonlands National Park to Arches National Park in 1.5 hours. October in Arches National Park sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.
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Bryce Canyon National Park — 3 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Agua Canyon and Bryce Amphitheatre. Get in touch with nature at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop and Swamp Canyon. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Ponderosa Canyon, hike along Navajo Loop Trail, get great views at Sunset Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Three Wisemen.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park attractions planner.

Drive from Arches National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Arches National Park in October, things will get a bit cooler in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 61°F and lows about 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.
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Zion National Park — 3 nights

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Angel's Landing and Watchman Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Riverside Walk and Pa'rus Trail. And it doesn't end there: hike along Kayenta Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Sinawava Trail, head outdoors with The Subway, and take in breathtaking views at Hidden Canyon.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in October; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 74°F and lows reach 36°F. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Sat).
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