9 days in Canyonlands National Park, Moab & Southwestern Utah Itinerary

9 days in Canyonlands National Park, Moab & Southwestern Utah Itinerary

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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights

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Canyonlands National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): trek along White Rim Trail and then get great views at Grand View Point Overlook. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Green River Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, and finally trek along Pothole Point Trail.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Canyonlands National Park tour planner.

Pensacola to Canyonlands National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pensacola to Canyonlands National Park. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Pensacola in April: highs in Canyonlands National Park hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 38°F. You'll set off for Moab on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Moab

— 1 night

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 24th (Sat), look and learn at RedRock Astronomy and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Arches National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Moab journey planner.

Drive from Canyonlands National Park to Moab in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Moab are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, go for a walk through Paria View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Moab to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Moab in April: high temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around 56°F and lows are around 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park. On the next day, cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, trek along Angel's Landing, and then make a trip to Observation Point.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park vacation site.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in April, with highs in Zion National Park at 69°F and lows at 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive