16 days in Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

16 days in Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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16 days in Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Mexican Hat
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Big Water
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kanab
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Boulder
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Vernal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Blanding
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Appleton

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): look for gifts at Twin Rocks Trading Post.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mexican Hat tour itinerary builder .

Appleton to Mexican Hat is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Appleton to Mexican Hat due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Appleton in March, expect Mexican Hat to be somewhat warmer, temps between 57°F and 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mexican Hat

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Utah, Twin Rocks Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Grand Gulch Primitive Area ©
Grand Gulch Primitive Area
Valley of the Gods ©
Valley of the Gods
Twin Rocks Trading Post ©
Twin Rocks Trading Post

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), hike along Hermit Trail, contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hermit Trail, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip site .

Getting from Mexican Hat to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Mexican Hat in March, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Big Water.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hermit Trail
Highlights from your plan
Hermit Trail ©
Hermit Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hermit Trail ©
Hermit Trail

1
night
Big Water

Big Water ©
Big Water is a town in Kane County, Utah, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos and then explore the striking landscape at Coyote Buttes.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Big Water itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Big Water takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March; daily highs in Big Water reach 65°F and lows reach 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Big Water

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos ©
Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos
Coyote Buttes ©
Coyote Buttes

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 26th (Tue): hike along Lower Pine Creek Waterfall, then trek along Zion Rock & Mountain Guides, and then hike along Temple of Sinawava Trail. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Worthington Gallery, then view the masterpieces at David J West Gallery, then take in breathtaking views at Hidden Canyon, and finally hike along Riverside Walk.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zion National Park trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Big Water to Zion National Park. Traveling from Big Water in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 30°F in Zion National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kanab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Springdale
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail
Hidden Canyon ©
Hidden Canyon
Zion Rock & Mountain Guides ©
Zion Rock & Mountain Guides

2
nights
Kanab

Kanab ©
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Buckskin Gulch and then stroll through Wire Pass Trail (Buckskin Gulch access). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): hike along Squaw Trail, take an in-depth tour of Moqui Cave, and then take a peaceful walk through Kaibab National Forest.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kanab trip builder tool .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Kanab in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Kanab are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kaibab National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Moqui Cave ©
Moqui Cave

2
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.
On the 30th (Sat), hike along Queen's Garden Trail, trek along Rim Trail, and then hike along Mossy Cave Trail. Keep things going the next day: hike along Peek-A-Boo Loop.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip maker website .

Getting from Kanab to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Kanab in March, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 49°F and 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Boulder.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop

1
night
Boulder

Boulder ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the ancient world of Anasazi State Park Museum, then head off-road at local off-road trails, and then make a trip to The Hogback.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Boulder trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Boulder takes 2 hours. March in Boulder sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 20°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Vernal.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Off-Road & ATV Trails
Highlights from your plan
Anasazi State Park Museum ©
Anasazi State Park Museum
The Hogback ©
The Hogback

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. On the 2nd (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Seasonally Decorated Dinosaur, then learn more about the world around you at Utah Field House of Natural History State Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Moonshine Arch, and finally admire the majestic nature at Red Fleet State Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vernal trip maker .

You can drive from Boulder to Vernal in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Boulder in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 34°F in Vernal. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Vernal

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Moonshine Arch ©
Moonshine Arch
Red Fleet State Park ©
Red Fleet State Park

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): hike along Balanced Rock Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Windows, then hike along Double Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Courthouse Towers, take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace, and then explore the striking landscape at Landscape Arch.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Moab visit planner.

Getting from Vernal to Moab by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Vernal in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Moab: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Blanding.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Balanced Rock Trail ©
Balanced Rock Trail
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Landscape Arch ©
Landscape Arch

1
night
Blanding

Blanding
Blanding is a city in San Juan County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Little Westwater Ruin and then admire the majestic nature at The Edge of the Cedars State Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Blanding trip website .

Traveling by car from Moab to Blanding takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Blanding

Parks Nature

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