13 days in Utah Itinerary

13 days in Utah Itinerary

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13 days in Utah Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly + Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Moab
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Vernal
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Mexican Hat
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Big Water
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Salt Lake City

4
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Slickrock Bike Trail and Castle Valley. Get outdoors at Park Avenue Trail and Skyline Arch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moab: Meadery of the Rockies (in Palisade), Colorado National Monument (in Fruita) and Sand Dune Arch (in Arches National Park). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Fisher Towers, view the masterpieces at Tom Till Gallery, and look for gifts at Moab Rock Shop.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Moab trip builder app .

Salt Lake City to Moab is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Moab can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Vernal.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Colorado National Monument, Fisher Towers, Meadery of the Rockies
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Slickrock Bike Trail ©
Slickrock Bike Trail
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch

1
night
Vernal

Vernal ©
Vernal, the county seat and largest city in Uintah County is in northeastern Utah, United States, about 175mi east of Salt Lake City and west of the Colorado border. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Utah Field House of Natural History State Park, admire all the interesting features of Moonshine Arch, and then delve into the distant past at McConkie Ranch.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vernal holiday planner.

You can drive from Moab to Vernal in 4 hours. In September, Vernal is little chillier than Moab - with highs of 77°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mexican Hat.

Things to do in Vernal

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Moonshine Arch ©
Moonshine Arch

1
day
Mexican Hat

Mexican Hat ©
Mexican Hat is a census-designated place (CDP) on the San Juan River on the northern edge of the Navajo Nations borders in south-central San Juan County, Utah, United States. On the 19th (Sat), make a trip to Forrest Gump Point, trek along Wildcat Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Mexican Hat Rock Formation.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mexican Hat road trip app .

You can drive from Vernal to Mexican Hat in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. September in Mexican Hat sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Big Water.

Things to do in Mexican Hat

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Wildcat Trail
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Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Forrest Gump Point ©
Forrest Gump Point
Mexican Hat Rock Formation ©
Mexican Hat Rock Formation

1
night
Big Water

Big Water ©
Big Water is a town in Kane County, Utah, United States. On the 20th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lone Rock Beach.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Water day trip app .

Getting from Mexican Hat to Big Water by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Mexican Hat in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Big Water, with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Water

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos ©
Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos

3
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

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.
Get in touch with nature at Mossy Cave Trail and Queen's Garden Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Peek-A-Boo Loop and Kodachrome Basin State Park. The adventure continues: trek along Rim Trail and make a trip to Natural Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park travel planner.

Drive from Big Water to Bryce Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Big Water in September, you will find days in Bryce Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are cooler (40°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Natural Bridge
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Kodachrome Basin State Park ©
Kodachrome Basin State Park
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): trek along Zion Rock & Mountain Guides, take in the exciting artwork at David J West Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Watchman Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Hidden Canyon and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverside Walk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 84°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Springdale
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Watchman Trail ©
Watchman Trail
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
Hidden Canyon ©
Hidden Canyon

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