8 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Zion National Park Itinerary

8 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Zion National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Zion National Park Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
2
Zion National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

2
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, then explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park journey maker app .

Kansas City to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kansas City in July: highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park hover around 97°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Big Room ©
Big Room
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Zion National Park and Zion Shuttle. Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at The Narrows. The adventure continues: hike along Angel's Landing, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Observation Point, cruise along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, and admire all the interesting features of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip planner .

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Zion National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Zion National Park when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in July, with lows around 59°F. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

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