14 days in Zion National Park & Arches National Park Itinerary

14 days in Zion National Park & Arches National Park Itinerary

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14 days in Zion National Park & Arches National Park Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Zion National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Arches National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Des Moines

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at W Rim Trail and Kayenta Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pa'rus Trail and Checkerboard Mesa. When in Zion National Park, make a side trip to see Pine Valley Recreation Area in Pine Valley, approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Court of the Patriarchs. There's much more to do: stroll through Temple of Sinawava Trail, explore the striking landscape at Emerald Pools, trek along Watchman Trail, and take in breathtaking views at Taylor Creek.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Zion National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Des Moines to Zion National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Zion National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Des Moines in August, you will find days in Zion National Park are somewhat warmer (90°F), and nights are slightly colder (54°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town), Pine Valley Recreation Area
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Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail
Court of the Patriarchs ©
Court of the Patriarchs
Hidden Canyon ©
Hidden Canyon

5
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sego Canyon Petroglyphs and Double O Arch. Escape the urban bustle at Arches National Park Scenic Drive and Park Avenue Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Arches National Park: Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum (in Gateway) and Shafer Canyon Overlook (in Canyonlands National Park). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace, trek along Windows, stroll through Devils Garden Trailhead, and don't miss a visit to Partition Arch.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Arches National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Arches National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Zion National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Arches National Park, with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, Shafer Canyon Overlook, Sego Canyon Petroglyphs
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Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Devils Garden Trailhead ©
Devils Garden Trailhead
Double O Arch ©
Double O Arch

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