11 days in Yellowstone National Park, Colorado & Utah Itinerary

11 days in Yellowstone National Park, Colorado & Utah Itinerary

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11 days in Yellowstone National Park, Colorado & Utah Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Moab
— 4 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles


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3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): get impressive views of Mud Volcano and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park online itinerary creator.

Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 62°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature
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Biscuit Basin ©
Biscuit Basin
Mud Volcano ©
Mud Volcano
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 24th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Grizzly Creek Trail, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Glenwood Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, Glenwood Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ouray vacation planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
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Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park

4
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castle Valley and Park Avenue Trail. Visiting Colorado Riverway Recreation Area and Double O Arch will get you outdoors. Explore Moab's surroundings by going to Arches National Park (Delicate Arch & Sand Dune Arch). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Gemini Bridges, tour the pleasant surroundings at Slickrock Bike Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Scenic Byway of Highway 128.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Moab travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Moab in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in September: high temperatures in Moab hover around 83°F and lows are around 54°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Scenic Byway of Highway 128
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Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double O Arch ©
Double O Arch
Slickrock Bike Trail ©
Slickrock Bike Trail

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