12 days in Yellowstone National Park, Colorado & Utah Itinerary

12 days in Yellowstone National Park, Colorado & Utah Itinerary

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12 days in Yellowstone National Park, Colorado & Utah Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  14​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles


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4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Biscuit Basin and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Visiting Mud Volcano and Old Faithful will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, and hike along Artist Point.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

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 moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, things will get colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 62°F and lows about 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Mud Volcano ©
Mud Volcano

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Grizzly Creek Trail, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Glenwood Springs when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

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

3
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 28th (Thu), soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Wilson's Arch. Keep things going the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour, do some rugged touring at local off-road trails, and then explore the striking landscape at Windows.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Moab tour planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Moab in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September: highs in Moab hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Windows
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Wilson's Arch ©
Wilson's Arch
Off-Road & ATV Trails
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 30th (Sat): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ouray vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Moab to Ouray takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Moab in September: high temperatures in Ouray hover around 64°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Ice Lakes Trail
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Ice Lakes Trail ©
Ice Lakes Trail

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