15 days in Grand Junction & Utah Itinerary

15 days in Grand Junction & Utah Itinerary

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Grand Junction
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Moab
— 3 nights
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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Bryce
— 2 nights
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Grand Junction
— 2 nights
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Grand Junction

— 3 nights
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction tour planner.

New York City to Grand Junction is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in May, plan for little chillier nights in Grand Junction, with lows around 46°F. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wineries

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Visiting Windows and Double Arch will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Moab trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Moab in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In May, daytime highs in Moab are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Monument Valley

— 1 night
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. On the 2nd (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Monument Valley trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Moab to Monument Valley in 3 hours. Traveling from Moab in June, expect Monument Valley to be a bit cooler, temps between 87°F and 54°F. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Riverside Walk and Temple of Sinawava Trail. Visiting Watchman Trail and Pa'rus Trail will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hidden Canyon, explore the activities along Taylor Creek, hike along Angel's Landing, and explore and take pictures at Kolob Canyon Road.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zion National Park trip maker.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Zion National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in June, expect nights in Zion National Park to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 94°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Bryce

— 2 nights
Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
Get in touch with nature at Navajo Loop Trail and Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Natural Bridge and Swamp Canyon. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Bryce Amphitheatre, get great views at Paria View, take in breathtaking views at Ponderosa Canyon, and catch some excitement at Ruby's Horseback Adventures.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bryce trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in June; daily highs in Bryce reach 79°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Junction

— 2 nights
To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grand Junction trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Bryce to Grand Junction takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In June, Grand Junction is somewhat warmer than Bryce - with highs of 91°F and lows of 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wineries

Utah travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
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.