8 days in Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park & Capitol Reef National Park Itinerary

8 days in Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park & Capitol Reef National Park Itinerary

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Arches National Park
— 3 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 3 nights
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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.
Step out of Arches National Park to go to Thompson and see Sego Canyon Petroglyphs, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, don't miss a visit to Partition Arch, hike along Landscape Arch, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Double Arch.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park online trip planner.

Los Angeles to Arches National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect little chillier with lows of 55°F in Arches National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Island in the Sky and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Monument Basin.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Canyonlands National Park vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Capitol Reef National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Fruita Campground and Gifford Homestead will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 1st (Fri) exploring nature at Capitol Reef National Park . There's more to do: hike along The Hickman Bridge Trail.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Capitol Reef National Park using our trip planner.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Canyonlands National Park in September, things will get little chillier in Capitol Reef National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 40°F. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites