Discover Utah’s National Parks

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Take just over two weeks to explore the entirety of southern Utah.

Surprisingly lush lands peak around many dessert bends. Red sandstone cliffs will become a norm, buy as will easy to access secluded camping areas and trails.

Pick up / Drop off: Grand Junction, buy CO / St. George, UT

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Day 1:

Arrive in Grand Junction, Colorado and pick up your fully outfitted and stocked Sportsmobile. Head into Colorado National Monument, drive the Rim Rock Loop and camp within the park.

Day 2:

Drive west to Moab, Utah. Explore Arches National Park and see Delicate Arch at Sunset. Camp in Arches National Park.

Day 3:

Rent a couple of mountain bikes and check out the slickrock trails (or Porcupine Rim) at the Sand Flats Rec Area. Spend the night at the campground near the trailhead.

Day 4:

Spend some time in Canyonlands National Park (drive out to the Island in the Sky district and hike to the False Kiva). Overnight at a Canyonlands Park campground.

Day 5:

Drive west and south to Capitol Reef National Park. If you have extra time, you can swing through Goblin Valley State Park. Camp in Capitol Reef along the less-explored Notom-Bullfrog Road.

Day 6:

Follow the Burr Trail Road back down to the valley and check out the lush waterfall at Calf Creek Recreation Area.  Drive the Devil’s Backbone Road and camp at Posey Lake.

Day 7:

Continue on to Escalante and head west to Bryce Canyon National Park. Camp within the park and enjoy an evening hike along the Fairyland Loop Trail.

Day 8:

Rent a mountain bike and ride the Thunder Mountain Trail. Then head south to Zion National Park. Camp at Watchman Campground.

Day 9:

Conditions permitting, plan for a hike up the Zion Narrows. Alternatively, bike some nearby slickrock at Gooseberry, the Gem Trail, or Guacamole. Spend another night at Watchman.

Day 10:

Get an early start and hike up to Angels Landing. Drive to St. George, drop off your van, board the plane, and relish in all the stories you’ll share when you get home.

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