31 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & Utah Itinerary

31 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & Utah Itinerary

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 5 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Page, Drive to Monument Valley
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Monument Valley
— 3 nights
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Moab
— 5 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Bryce
— 4 nights
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Kanab
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 4 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mesa Verde National Park: Four Corners Monument (in Teec Nos Pos) and Shiprock Rock Formation (in Shiprock). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Long House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and don't miss a visit to Park Point.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip site.

Milwaukee to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Milwaukee in October: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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 9th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Pipe Creek Vista, trek along South Kaibab Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In October in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Monument Valley

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. Take a break from Monument Valley with a short trip to Valley of the Gods in Mexican Hat, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, see Off-Road Tours, and examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monument Valley tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley takes 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October since evenings lows in Monument Valley dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Moab

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Step out of Moab with an excursion to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park--about 38 minutes away. On the 14th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. Make the 17th (Sat) a memorable day with a climbing tour. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Deep Desert Expeditions, admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, and make a trip to The Overlook Gallery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Moab trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Moab takes 3 hours. October in Moab sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

3
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Canyonlands National Park

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.
Step out of Canyonlands National Park with an excursion to Off-Road & ATV Trails in Capitol Reef National Park--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Little Wild Horse Canyon, hike along Pothole Point Trail, explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, and tour the pleasant surroundings at White Rim Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Canyonlands National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Moab to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Canyonlands National Park can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Bryce.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Bryce

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bryce: Escalante (Escalante Heritage Center & Scenic Byway Route 12) and Highway 12 Scenic Byway (in Torrey). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, take in breathtaking views at Agua Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, and take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bryce trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Bryce in 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Canyonlands National Park in October, with highs in Bryce at 61°F and lows at 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanab.

Things to do in Bryce

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Kanab

Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. On the 26th (Mon), skim along the rocks with Kanab Tour Company, view the masterpieces at Raven's Heart Gallery, and then immerse yourself in nature at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then explore the ancient world of Moqui Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and finally get engrossed in the history at Historical Kanab Library.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kanab trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce to Kanab takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Bryce in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Kanab: highs are around 74°F and lows about 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

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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.
Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Zion National Park. Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at The Narrows. There's much more to do: get great views at Observation Point, take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle, admire all the interesting features of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and hike along Angel's Landing.

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

Getting from Kanab to Zion National Park by car takes about 2 hours. October in Zion National Park sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 36°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Utah travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
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.