18 days in Utah & Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Utah & Colorado Itinerary

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St. George
— 1 night
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Bryce
— 4 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Blanding
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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St. George

— 1 night
St. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Brigham Young Winter Home Historical Site and then admire the majestic nature at Snow Canyon State Park. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our St. George trip planning tool.

Detroit to St. George is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to St. George is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in May; daily highs in St. George reach 83°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Bryce.

Things to do in St. George

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bryce

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Navajo Loop Trail and Sunset Point. Get outdoors at Kodachrome Basin State Park and Fairyland Loop Trail. Step out of Bryce with an excursion to Rainbow Point in Bryce Canyon National Park--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. There's more to do: hike along Queen's Garden Trail and take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Bryce trip itinerary planner.

Getting from St. George to Bryce by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, Bryce is much colder than St. George - with highs of 63°F and lows of 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Canyonlands National Park

— 1 night
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
On the 7th (Sun), get great views at Grand View Point Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Canyonlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bryce to Canyonlands National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce in May; daily highs in Canyonlands National Park reach 76°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature

Arches National Park

— 3 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

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.
Get in touch with nature at Windows and Double Arch. Discover out-of-the-way places like Devils Garden Trailhead and Partition Arch. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Landscape Arch, take in the dramatic natural features at Pine Tree Arch, make a trip to Delicate Arch, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiery Furnace.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Arches National Park travel tool.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Arches National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Blanding.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Blanding

— 2 nights
Blanding is a city in San Juan County, Utah, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at The Edge of the Cedars State Park and then explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridges National Monument. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Goosenecks State Park and then contemplate the long history of Bluff Fort Historic Site.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Blanding trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Blanding takes 2 hours. Traveling from Arches National Park in May, Blanding is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Blanding

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 3 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Take a break from the city and head to Mesa Verde National Park and Petroglyph Point Hike. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Balcony House and Cliff Palace. It doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park visit planning tool.

Drive from Blanding to Mesa Verde National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Blanding in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Trails

Durango

— 3 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Animas River Trail and Treasure Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores) and Spas (in Pagosa Springs).

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Durango trip site.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Utah travel guide

4.8
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.

Colorado travel guide

4.3
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.