12 days in Utah, Arizona & Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Utah, Arizona & Colorado Itinerary

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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Page
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Bryce Canyon National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then explore the striking landscape of Peek-A-Boo Loop, and then stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop. On the next day, hike along Navajo Loop Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, then trek along Queen's Garden Trail, and finally trek along Rim Trail.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park road trip planning website.

Atlanta to Bryce Canyon National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Atlanta to Bryce Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in May, you will find days in Bryce Canyon National Park are slightly colder (63°F), and nights are much colder (31°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Page.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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Page

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Family-friendly places like Horseshoe Bend and Gunfighter Canyon will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, explore the activities along Lake Powell, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Page online route planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Page takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. When traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Page, with highs around 79°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Grand Canyon National Park

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kids will enjoy Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: hike along Rim Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, head outdoors with Bar 10 Ranch Activities, and take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planning app.

Drive from Page to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Page in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around 33°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Moab

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Courthouse Towers. Keep things going the next day: see the sky in a new way at RedRock Astronomy, shop like a local with Gallery Moab LCA, then stop by The T Shirt Shop, then grab your bike and head to Bike Fiend, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Moab trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Moab takes 5.5 hours. In May, Moab is a bit warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 76°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 26th (Tue), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista attractions planner.

Drive from Moab to Buena Vista in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Moab in May, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

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Colorado Springs

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs attractions planning site.

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 68°F and lows about 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.