Utah’s 5 National Parks

The past week I was visiting my mom in Vegas. It was good to have some family time during these times. I am still not ready to fly due to Covid so I drove out there. It’s about an 11 hour drive from Denver to Vegas and THE PRETTIEST. It went by so fast!

On my way back home, I decided to stop by all 5 of Utah’s National Parks. They are along the way which makes it very convenient. This is the exact route and stops I made on my journey. I will post more of my favorites if you have more time to explore. I completed this in a little under 2 days!

Day 1:

Vegas >>> Zion NP // 2 hours 36 min – 160 mi.

Drove hwy 9 through the park and stopped just past the bridge

Canyon overlook trail – 1 mi.

Zion NP >>> Bryce Canyon NP // 1 hour 26 min – 75 mi.

Queens garden trail to Navajo Loop – 3 mi.

Bryce Canyon NP >>> Capitol Reef NP // 2 hours – 110 mi.

Cathedral valley loop (drive) – 60 miles *High Clearance Vehicle Required (4×4 recommended) half way through hiked temple of the sun and moon

Capitol Reef NP >>> BLM land to camp // 1 hour – 57 mi.

Camped near Goblin State Park. Just before the entrance turn right on the road that says little wild horse canyon. Follow that road until there is a dirt pullout (on left) camp up against the hill – Free

Day 2:

Woke up at 3am to catch the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands

BLM Campground >>> Canyonlands NP // 2 hours – 114 mi.

Mesa Arch Trail – 1 mi.

Canyonlands NP >>> Arches NP // 1 hour – 45 mi.

Delicate Arch Trail – 3 mi.

Arches NP >>> Denver // 5 hours 20 min – 350 mi.


Hikes: Angels Landing // The Narrows // Canyon Overlook

Camping: Watchman Campground // South Campground


Hikes: Queens Garden // Navajo Loop // Fairyland Loop // Peekaboo Loop

Camping: North Campground // Sunset Campground


Hikes: Temple of the sun and moon // Cassidy Arch // Capitol Gorge Trail

Camping: Cathedral Valley Campground // Fruits Campground // BLM Land surrounds the park!


Hikes: Mesa Arch // Grand View Point Trail //Druid Arch Trail

Camping: Willow Flat Campground


Hiking: Delicate Arch // Sand Dune Arch // The Windows // Double Arch // Landscape Arch

Camping: Devils Garden Campground

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