31 days in Utah Itinerary

31 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 6 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Mexican Hat
— 3 nights
Drive
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Torrey
— 6 nights
Drive
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Bryce
— 6 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 6 nights
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Moab

— 6 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Windows and Landscape Arch. Get in touch with nature at Double Arch and Fiery Furnace. Take a break from Moab with a short trip to Devils Garden Trailhead in Arches National Park, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along La Sal Mountain Loop, stroll through Balanced Rock Trail, admire all the interesting features of Colorado Riverway Recreation Area, and hike along Park Avenue Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Moab is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa del Carmen to Moab is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Playa del Carmen in October, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Moab: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Canyonlands National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Island in the Sky and White Rim Trail. Get in touch with nature at Shafer Trail and Upheaval Dome. 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 still lots to do: get great views at Grand View Point Overlook.

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Drive from Moab to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mexican Hat.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Mexican Hat

— 3 nights
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bluff Fort Historic Site and Wildcat Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Goosenecks State Park and Moki Dugway. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Forrest Gump Point and see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Mexican Hat route maker tool.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Mexican Hat in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Mexican Hat can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Torrey.

Things to do in Mexican Hat

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Torrey

— 6 nights
Torrey is a town located on State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States, 8mi from Capitol Reef National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area and Gifford Homestead. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Goosenecks Overlook. Explore Torrey's surroundings by going to Cathedral Valley (in Capitol Reef National Park) and Hell's Backbone Road (in Escalante). There's much more to do: hike along The Hickman Bridge Trail, take in breathtaking views at Little Wild Horse Canyon, walk around Thousand Lakes RV Park, and contemplate the long history of Fruita Campground.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Torrey trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Mexican Hat to Torrey takes 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mexican Hat in October; daily highs in Torrey reach 19°C and lows reach -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bryce.

Things to do in Torrey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Bryce

— 6 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 outdoors at Kodachrome Basin State Park and Fairyland Loop Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Natural Bridge and Red Canyon Trail Rides. Venture out of the city with trips to Rainbow Point (in Bryce Canyon National Park) and Scenic Byway 12 (in Escalante). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive, stroll through Rim Trail, stop by Ruby's Inn, and take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bryce trip planner.

You can drive from Torrey to Bryce in 2 hours. In October in Bryce, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Zion National Park

— 6 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Riverside Walk and Temple of Sinawava Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel and Pa'rus Trail. Spend the 30th (Sat) exploring nature at Court of the Patriarchs. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Watchman Trail, hike along Kayenta Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Kolob Canyons, and explore the striking landscape of Hidden Canyon.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip maker.

Traveling by car from Bryce to Zion National Park takes 1.5 hours. In October, Zion National Park is a bit warmer than Bryce - with highs of 27°C and lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.