18 days in Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

18 days in Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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18 days in Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Draper
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Vernal
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Bluff
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Bryce
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Escalante
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Draper

2
nights
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. Get some historical perspective at Canyon Pintado and McKee Springs Petroglyphs. Step off the beaten path and head to Hog Canyon Trail and Moonshine Arch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vernal: Cub Creek Petroglyphs (in Jensen) and Jones Hole Trail (in Dinosaur). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Ashley National Forest and pause for some photo ops at Seasonally Decorated Dinosaur.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vernal online trip planner .

Draper to Vernal is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Expect little chillier evenings in Vernal when traveling from Draper in August, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Vernal

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jensen, Canyon Pintado, Jones Hole Trail, Ashley National Forest
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Moonshine Arch ©
Moonshine Arch
Ashley National Forest ©
Ashley National Forest

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Park Avenue Trail and Sego Canyon Petroglyphs. Escape the urban bustle at Sand Dune Arch and Skyline Arch. Step out of Arches National Park to go to Canyonlands National Park and see Shafer Canyon Overlook, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Double O Arch, make a trip to Partition Arch, and take a memorable drive along Arches National Park Scenic Drive.

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Traveling by car from Vernal to Arches National Park takes 4 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vernal in August: high temperatures in Arches National Park hover around 92°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Bluff.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sego Canyon Petroglyphs, Shafer Canyon Overlook
Highlights from your plan
Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch
Double O Arch ©
Double O Arch
Broken Arch ©
Broken Arch

2
nights
Bluff

Bluff ©
Bluff is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Juan County, Utah, United States. Your list of things to see and do now includes Monument Valley Tribal Tours, Petroglyph Point Hike, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument, and then see Monument Valley Tribal Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Bluff Fort Historic Site, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pioneer Cemetery, see the interesting displays at The Dinosaur Museum, then delve into the distant past at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Comb Ridge.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bluff itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Bluff takes 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Arches National Park in August, with highs in Bluff at 87°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bluff

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Dinosaur Museum, Monument Valley Tribal Tours, Petroglyph Point Hike, Four Corners Monument, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
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Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Bluff Fort Historic Site ©
Bluff Fort Historic Site

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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 8th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hermit Trail, take some stellar pictures from Pima Point, take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, then get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): walk around Indian Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Yavapai Point, get great views at Yaki Point, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio, and finally get great views at The Abyss.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Bluff to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from Bluff in August, things will get slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 80°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hermit Trail ©
Hermit Trail
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Mon), hike along Kayenta Trail, then hike along Riverside Walk, then trek along Temple of Sinawava Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Checkerboard Mesa. On your second day here, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town), then hike along Watchman Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pa'rus Trail, and finally take in breathtaking views at Hidden Canyon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Zion National Park, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Bryce.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail
Watchman Trail ©
Watchman Trail
Checkerboard Mesa ©
Checkerboard Mesa

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nights
Bryce

Bryce ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): catch some excitement at Ruby's Horseback Adventures, look for all kinds of wild species at Rim Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer, then take in the dramatic natural features at Wall Street, then take in the dramatic natural features at Queen Victoria, and finally take in breathtaking views at Agua Canyon. On the next day, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Widtsoe Ghost Town, look for gifts at Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, take a memorable drive along Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bryce Amphitheatre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bristlecone Loop.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryce trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zion National Park to Bryce. Traveling from Zion National Park in August, expect Bryce to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bryce Canyon National Park
Highlights from your plan
Thor's Hammer ©
Thor's Hammer
Wall Street ©
Wall Street
Agua Canyon ©
Agua Canyon

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nights
Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
On the 14th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Fruita Schoolhouse, explore the striking landscape at Factory Butte, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fremont River Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Water Pocket Fold, then contemplate the long history of Behunin Cabin, and finally hike along Chimney Rock Trail. On the next day, make a trip to Fremont Petroglyphs, contemplate the long history of Pioneer Register, then hike along The Frying Pan Trail, then stroll through Cathedral Valley Loop, and finally get great views at Larb Hollow Overlook.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Capitol Reef National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Bryce to Capitol Reef National Park in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Capitol Reef National Park can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Escalante.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Factory Butte
Highlights from your plan
Factory Butte ©
Factory Butte
Water Pocket Fold ©
Water Pocket Fold
Behunin Cabin ©
Behunin Cabin

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Escalante

Escalante ©
Escalante is a city in Garfield County, Utah, United States located along Utah Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) in the south central part of the state. On the 16th (Sun), explore the stunning scenery at Zebra Slot Canyon, explore the ancient world of Anasazi State Park Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Calf Creek Falls, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Golden Cathedral. On your second day here, explore the stunning scenery at Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Coyote Gulch, then learn more about the world around you at Escalante Heritage Center, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Big Horn Canyon.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Escalante tour planning tool .

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Escalante in 2 hours. In August in Escalante, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Escalante

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Anasazi State Park Museum
Highlights from your plan
Anasazi State Park Museum ©
Anasazi State Park Museum
Escalante Heritage Center ©
Escalante Heritage Center
Big Horn Canyon ©
Big Horn Canyon

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