12 days in Monument Valley, Zion National Park & Santa Fe Itinerary

12 days in Monument Valley, Zion National Park & Santa Fe Itinerary

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12 days in Monument Valley, Zion National Park & Santa Fe Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Monument Valley
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Miami

3
nights
Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Get out of town with these interesting Monument Valley side-trips: Mexican Hat (Muley Point Overlook & Valley of the Gods). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildcat Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Monument Valley trip planning app .

Miami to Monument Valley is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Miami to Monument Valley. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Miami in September: highs in Monument Valley hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mexican Hat, Moki Dugway
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Photography Tours
Muley Point Overlook ©
Muley Point Overlook

3
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Springdale (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of The Narrows, admire all the interesting features of Observation Point, hike along Angel's Landing, and cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Zion National Park takes 5.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

4
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Taos (Taos Pueblo & Rio Grande Gorge Bridge), Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Zion National Park to Santa Fe in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Zion National Park in October, you will find days in Santa Fe are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Taos, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Bandelier National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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