12 days in Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park & Capitol Reef National Park Itinerary

12 days in Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park & Capitol Reef National Park Itinerary

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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 4 nights
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 5 nights
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Arches National Park

— 2 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 outdoors at Double Arch and Broken Arch. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Courthouse Towers and Tunnel Arch. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, hike along Landscape Arch, stroll through Delicate Arch, and don't miss a visit to Partition Arch.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park trip builder.

Salt Lake City to Arches National Park is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Canyonlands National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at White Rim Road and Aztec Butte Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Confluence Overlook Trail and White Rim Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Shafer Canyon Overlook, stroll through Roadside Ruin Trail, get great views at Whale Rock, and explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Canyonlands National Park online journey planner.

Drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Capitol Reef National Park

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral Valley and Cohab Canyon Trail. Get in touch with nature at Capitol Reef National Park and Sunset Point Trail. Step out of Capitol Reef National Park to go to Caineville and see Factory Butte, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. And it doesn't end there: hike along Chimney Rock Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fremont River Trail, cruise along Grand Wash Road, and explore the striking landscape at Water Pocket Fold.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Capitol Reef National Park trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 4 hours. In August, Capitol Reef National Park is little chillier than Canyonlands National Park - with highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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