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Stretching across southern and central Utah are five stunning national parks. Called the Mighty 5, these parks contain some of the most thrilling hiking trails and iconic landscapes in the United States.

Stand atop Angels Landing in Zion. Gaze across a wonderland of hoodoos at Bryce Canyon. Explore the Water Pocket Fold at Capitol Reef. Watch the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands. And watch the sunset at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.

If you like rugged, desert landscapes, it is hard to beat the beauty of Utah. If you are a hiker, there are enough trails in these parks to keep you busy for weeks. And if you like a good road trip, Utah is the perfect place to explore from behind the wheel of a car.

We can’t get enough of this part of the United States. After four visits to the Mighty 5 in the past few years, here is our guide to the National Parks. I hope you enjoy them just as much as we do.


Utah’s Mighty 5

Arches National Park

Arches National Park is a wonderland of strange rock formations, short hiking trails, and you guessed it, arches. Not only will you find over 2,000 arches here, but you will also see hoodoos, fins of sandstone rocks, massive mesas, and balanced rocks.

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch | Utah’s Mighty 5


Devils Garden Hike

Devils Garden Hike | Utah’s Mighty 5


Park Avenue

Park Avenue


Window Arch

North Window Arch


Plan Your Visit

Cost: $30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

Top Experiences: Hike to Delicate Arch, see Balanced Rock and the Fiery Furnace, visit Double Arch, Turret Arch, and Windows Arch, hike Park Avenue

Ultimate Adventure:Hike the Devils Garden Trail. To reach Landscape Arch, one of the most iconic arches in the park, it is only 1.6 miles round trip. But for the ultimate adventure, continue past Landscape Arch to Double O Arch and Dark Angel and return on the Primitive Trail.

Arches National Park in One Day: If you like the idea of hiking the Devils Garden Trail, go here first to beat the crowds (and the heat during the summer months). Midday, visit Balanced Rock, Double Arch, The Windows and Turret Arch. End with sunset at Delicate Arch.

Cool Fact: The Olympic Torch was carried under Delicate Arch for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Where to Stay: Moab is just 10 minutes away by car. We recommend the Red Cliffs Lodge (highly rated hotel with a beautiful setting next to the Colorado River), MainStay Suites (budget hotel that gets great reviews), or the Hoodoo Moab (beautiful, upscale hotel in the heart of Moab). 

Arches Travel Guide

Canyonlands National Park

Compared to its smaller and more popular neighbor Arches National Park, Canyonlands feels more rugged, more remote, and a whole lot larger.

Canyonlands National Park is enormous in size. Over 330,000 acres are filled with canyons, arches, buttes, mesas, dirt roads, hiking trails, campgrounds, and overlooks.

This immense area of land is divided up into five districts. Island in the Sky, the closest district to Moab, is the most popular section of the park to visit. This is where you will find Mesa Arch, Grand View Point, and a collection of short and long hikes to choose from.

“Around the corner” from Island in the Sky is The Needles, where sandstone pinnacles form unique landscapes. To get here, it is over an hour away by car from Moab.

The Maze is a remote area of Canyonlands that is only accessible by 4×4. The Colorado and Green Rivers make up the fourth district, where you can go canoeing, kayaking, and white water rafting. Horseshoe Canyon is a very small section of the park. It is here that you can see the rock art of the Ancient Puebloan peoples.

Utah Mighty 5 Road Trip

Mesa Arch | Utah’s Mighty 5


Grand View Point December Mighty 5

Grand View Point at Island in the Sky


View of the Shafer Canyon and the White Rim Road from the Visitor Center


White Rim Road

Driving the White Rim Road | Utah’s Mighty 5


Hike Utah in Winter

Gooseberry Hike

Plan Your Visit

Cost: $30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

Top Experiences: See the sunrise at Mesa Arch, visit the overlooks (Grand View Point, Buck Canyon Overlook, Shafer Canyon Viewpoint), hike around Upheaval Dome, and hike the Druid Hill hike in The Needles.

Ultimate Adventure: Rent a 4×4 or bring your mountain bike and go on a multi-day adventure, driving (or cycling) the 100-mile long White Rim Road. This rough, dirt road twists and turns along the White Rim. You will need a permit and camping gear to do this.

Canyonlands in One Day:Visit the Island in the Sky district. Start at sunrise at Mesa Arch. Visit Grand View Point and Buck Canyon Overlook, hike to the White Rim Overlook and Upheaval Dome, take in the view from the Green River Overlook, and consider the short hike up Aztec Butte or Whale Rock. Don’t miss Shafer Canyon Viewpoint or the view from the Visitor Center as you exit the park.

With More Time: Visit The Needles, take your pick from longer hikes in Island in the Sky, and/or consider spending 2 or more days driving the White Rim Road.

Cool Fact: Two rivers carved out the canyons that you see at Canyonlands National Park, the Green River and the mighty Colorado River, which also worked its magic and carved out the Grand Canyon.

Where to Stay: Moab is 45 minutes away by car. Check out the Castle Valley Inn (highly rated hotel with a variety of room types, including cottages that can accommodate up to five people) or Red Cliffs Lodge (suites can accommodate 4 to 6 people). 

Canyonlands Travel Guide

Capitol Reef National Park

With sandstone cliffs, white domes, slot canyons, and arches, Capitol Reef National Park is an extraordinary place to explore. This park preserves the Water Pocket Fold, a rippling of the Earth’s crust that is 100 miles long.

One of the things that makes Capitol Reef so easy to visit is that you can see quite a bit of it right from your car. With a highway that runs through the center of the park and a scenic drive that tops the list of the best things to do, you can visit some of the most dramatic spots in Capitol Reef without ever stepping out of your car.

Hickman Bridge Mighty 5

Hickman Bridge | Utah’s Mighty 5


Capitol Reef Road Trip

Highway 24

 Capitol Reef Fruita

Overlooking Highway 24 from the Cohab Canyon Trail


Capitol Reef Scenic Drive

Scenic Drive | Utah’s Mighty 5

Plan Your Visit

Cost: $20 to drive the Scenic Drive, valid for 7 days. It is free to drive through the park on Highway 24.

Top Experiences: Drive the 16-mile round-trip drive along Scenic Drive, drive Capitol Gorge Road, hike to Hickman Bridge, and watch the sunset from Sunset Point. Cassidy Arch is another popular hike to add to the list.

Capitol Reef in One Day:Drive the Scenic Drive and consider taking the optional detours along the way on Capitol Gorge Road and Grand Wash. Hike Hickman Bridge and then visit the Goosenecks, Panorama, and Sunset viewpoints.

With More Time: Explore the backcountry. Drive the 58-mile loop through Cathedral Valley and visit the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon.

Cool Fact: Capitol Reef National Park preserves the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the Earth’s crust

Where to Stay: Torrey is the closest town with the best selection of hotels. Check out the amazing Capitol Reef Resort and the Noor Hotel. If you are driving south from Capitol Reef, the Canyon Country Lodge in Escalante may also be a good option.

Capitol Reef Travel Guide

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is a fantasyland of hoodoos, bizarre rock formations, and sandstone pillars.

Hoodoos are tall, thin spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of an arid drainage basin. They are found all over the world but occur in the most abundance in Bryce Canyon. These hoodoos are the main ingredient in creating the unique landscape you see at Bryce Canyon.

Mighty 5 Bryce Canyon

Sunset Point | Utah’s Mighty 5


Best Hikes in Utah

Hiking the Queen’s Garden Trail


Bryce Canyon

Overlooking the Navajo Trail from Sunset Point


Inspiration Point Bryce

Inspiration Point | Utah’s Mighty 5

Plan Your Visit

Cost: $35 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

Top Experiences: Some of the best viewpoints are right along the rim, which is easily accessible by car or the shuttle: Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point, and Bryce Point. Hike the Queens Garden and Navajo Loop, a 3-mile hike past some of the best scenery in the park. Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Point are also nice viewpoints.

Ultimate Adventure: Hike the Fairyland Loop Trail, an 8-mile strenuous hike. Leave the crowds behind on this low-traffic hiking trail.

Bryce Canyon in One Day: Watch the sunrise from Sunset Point (we liked the sunrise views better here than from Sunrise Point, ironically). Walk along the rim, hike the Queens Garden and Navajo Loop Trail, and visit Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Rainbow Point, and Yovimpa Point.

With More Time: Add on the Fairyland Loop or the Peekaboo Loop Trail.

Cool Fact: Bryce Canyon sits at 8,000 to 9,000 feet. It will feel cooler here than in the other Mighty 5 parks. In fact, there are roughly 200 days a year where the park can get below freezing.

Where to Stay: Bryce Canyon Lodge is the only lodging within the park. In the town of Bryce there are several more hotels to choose from. We stayed at the Bryce Canyon Inn, which is located in Tropic, 15-minutes away from the park.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is one of the best places in the United States to go hiking. Angels Landing and the Zion Narrows are two bucket-list worthy hikes that attract thousands of visitors every year. But there are also short, family-friendly hikes to choose from, as well as multi-day backpacking adventures and hikes that require canyoneering experience.

Zion National Park

The view from Observation Point


Zion Narrows Hike

The Narrows | Utah’s Mighty 5


Hike Zion National Park

Hidden Canyon


Angels Landing Hike

Angels Landing | Utah’s Mighty 5

Plan Your Visit

Cost: $35 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

Top Experiences:Hike Angels Landing, Observation Point, Hidden Canyon, Riverside Trail, Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, and Canyon Overlook. One of the best experiences in the park is hiking the Zion Narrows. Expect big crowds on Angels Landing and the Zion Narrows, so start first thing in the morning to beat the crowds.

Ultimate Adventure: There are several to choose from. Hike the Zion Narrows from the top-down as a long day hike or a two-day backpacking trip. The Subway is another strenuous but gorgeous hike, and you will need canyoneering experience for this one. The West Rim Trail is a great two-day backpacking trip or a one day mega-hike.

Zion in One Day: If you have plans to hike Angels Landing or the Zion Narrows from the bottom-up, do this first thing (ideally, be on the first shuttle of the day). Pick a shorter hike to do in the afternoon, such as the Canyon Overlook Trail or Emerald Pools.

With More Time: Three days is a nice amount of time to spend in Zion National Park. You can do three big hikes (one each morning) or use two of the days for a multi-day backpacking adventure. This also gives you time to explore Kolob Canyons at the northern section of the park.

Cool Fact: This isn’t so cool, but it’s important to know before you go. For most of the year, the only way to get around Zion National Park is by shuttle bus. Mid-morning lines can be frustratingly long, so roll out of bed early and try to catch one of the first shuttles of the day. 

Where to Stay: Zion Lodge is the only lodging in the park. Springdale is a wonderful little town that sits near the entrance to Zion. It is filled with lots of hotels and some very good restaurants. We always stay at the Holiday Inn Express.

Zion Travel Guide

Mighty 5 Road Trip Itinerary

If you only have one week, here is a whirlwind road trip through Utah to visit all five National Parks. To get the full details on how to do this same itinerary, and get suggestions on what to do if you have more time, read our post The Ultimate Utah National Parks Road Trip Itinerary.

  • Day 1: Arrive in Salt Lake City, drive to Moab
  • Day 2: Arches National Park
  • Day 3: Canyonlands National Park
  • Day 4: Drive to Capitol Reef, visit Capitol Reef, sleep in Torrey or near Bryce Canyon
  • Day 5: Bryce Canyon, drive to Zion, sleep in Springdale
  • Day 6: Zion National Park
  • Day 7: Drive to Las Vegas, fly home


How to Use This Map:  Click the tab in the top left hand corner of the map to view the layers (national parks and the driving route). You can click the check marks to hide or show layers. If you click the icons on the map, you can get more information about each point of interest.
If you click the star, this map will be added to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list. 

This is very, very fast. Plus, you will drive 900 miles in 7 days, not to mention the little bit of driving you will do in each park. If you can, consider adding on a few more days.If you can, add 3 days to this itinerary, making this a 10 day itinerary.

Here are some things you can do with more time:

Little Wild Horse Canyon

Little Wild Horse Canyon


Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

10 Day Mighty 5 Itinerary

Here is a sample Mighty 5 itinerary, with more time in several national parks and the addition of several great state parks and hiking destinations in Utah.

Day 1: Arrive in Moab
Day 2: Arches National Park
Day 3: Canyonlands National Park
Day4: Goblin Valley & Little Wild Horse Canyon
Day 5: Capitol Reef National Park
Day 6: Capitol Reef or Grand Staircase-Escalante
Day 7: Bryce Canyon National Park
Day 8: Zion National Park
Day 9: Zion National Park
Day 10: Fly home


Mighty 5Get a Digital Download of this Itinerary

Do you want a printer friendly version of this itinerary? How about an eBook version of this itinerary that can be downloaded onto your computer or mobile device?

Our 10-day Mighty 5 Itinerary eBook includes all five national parks, plus Goblin Valley, Little Wild Horse Canyon, and the option to visit Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It is a 21-page itinerary with detailed daily schedules, insider tips, and travel planning resources that you can download to take with you or print at home.

Click here to purchase the eBook on Etsy.com.


Mighty 5 + the Grand Canyon

If you want to visit Utah’s Mighty 5 and the Grand Canyon in one epic road trip, click here to learn more. This 2 week itinerary through the American Southwest is done as a loop from Las Vegas. Not only will you visit 6 national parks but you will also visit Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, and off-the-beaten-path destinations in Utah. 

Things to Know Before You Go

Best Time to Visit the Mighty 5

The spring and fall months are the best times to visit. Weather conditions are pleasant and you can avoid the big crowds that flood the park in the summer.

During the summer months, expect soaring temperatures, large crowds, expensive prices for hotels, and lots of traffic at viewpoints and on hiking trails.

In the winter, the parks are much less crowded, but temperatures can get below freezing and snow is likely (especially in Bryce Canyon).

We have been to Utah in May (midday temperatures of 75 – 95°F with clear skies), late October (midday temperatures of 65°F and gorgeous fall colors and low crowds in Zion), early November (we had a little bit of everything, from high temperatures in the 70’s to snow, all in the same week), and late December (freezing temperatures, snow, but somewhat low crowds, even for it being a holiday week).

October was my favorite time to visit. The temperatures were wonderful, crowds were light, and the fall colors in Zion made the park look even more beautiful than it normally does.

Surprisingly, I also really liked our November and December visits. Temperatures were cold, but while hiking we never got hot or needed to bring much water. Plus, like the fall colors in October, the snow was an added bonus.

Arrive Early to the Parks

From our experience, the majority of people arrive between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. This causes long traffic delays at the ticket booths which can add up to many minutes or even an hour waiting in line. And if you are in Zion, you’ll wait another hour to board the shuttle.

We usually get into the parks around 7 am (or earlier in the summer). Finding parking spots is easy, hiking trails are empty, and the park feels peaceful and quiet (at least for a little bit). It might be painful getting out of bed early, but it’s worth it for a better experience inside the parks.

If you have plans to hike the Zion Narrows or Angels Landing, try to be on the first shuttle bus of the day.

National Parks Pass

If you have plans to visit at least three of the Mighty 5, save yourself some money and purchase the National Park Pass. This pass (also called the America the Beautiful Pass) costs $80 and gets you into more than 2,000 recreational sites in the USA. The pass is valid for one year, so if you have plans to visit more National Parks, you will save even more money.

Learn More About Utah

Visit our Utah Travel Guide to read all of our articles about Utah. Not only does this cover the Mighty 5 but it also includes information about state parks and off-the-beaten-path destinations in Utah.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days do you need to visit Utah’s Mighty 5?

With 7 days, you can go on a whirlwind tour of Utah’s Mighty 5. It’s best to do this point to point, to avoid the long drive back to your starting point (which can be as much as 8 to 10 hours). Seven days gives you one day in each park plus travel time at the beginning and end of your trip.

What are the Utah’s Mighty 5?

Utah’s Mighty 5 is a collection of five national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.

When is the best time to visit Utah’s Mighty 5?

The spring and fall months are the best times to visit. Weather conditions are pleasant and you can avoid the big crowds that flood the park in the summer. The end of October into early November is our favorite time to visit the national parks in Utah. The temperatures are wonderful, crowds are lighter than the summer months, and the fall colors in Zion made the park look even more beautiful than it normally does.

Which one is better, Arches or Canyonlands?

The answer depends on what kind of experience you want to have. If you want to see some of the most iconic arches and rock formations in the USA, go to Arches National Park. This park is small and easy to visit. With many short hiking trails to choose from and unique places to photograph, Arches is a great park for families, photographers, and hikers.

Canyonlands is one of the most underrated parks in the USA. The Island in the Sky district is easy to visit, with its overlooks and hiking trails. But the real beauty and adventure of Canyonlands lies beyond the Island in the Sky mesa. Go hiking in the Needlesdrive the White Rim Road, go rafting on the Colorado River, and explore the Maze in a 4×4.

Canyonlands is one of our favorite US national parks but you need at least three days to really explore this park and learn what it is all about.

Do you have plans to visit Utah’s Mighty 5? Comment below if you have any questions or if you would like to share your experience.

More Information about Utah & the National Parks

ARCHES, CANYONLANDS, & CAPITOL REEF: On this 10 day itinerary, take your time and explore three national parks in Utah plus a few off the beaten path destinations.

GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE: In Grand Staircase-Escalante, hike Peek-A-Boo and Spooky Gulches, explore Devils Garden, and hike through Zebra Slot Canyon.

UNITED STATES: We have TONS of information about places to visit in the United States in our USA Travel Guide. In our Guide to the US National Parks, get the full list of national parks with important travel planning information, such as things to do in the parks and sample itineraries.

USA ROAD TRIPS: Planning your next big adventure in the USA? Check our our USA Road Trip Guide for travel ideas and sample itineraries.




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  1. Avatar for Kelly

    WE have already seen Zion and Bryce, we are going back to see the other 3, Planning to fly into Salt Lake City, and fly out of Vegas. How many days do you recommend for those 3 parks?

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      Yes, there are campgrounds near and within the parks. You can get more information on the National Parks website for each park. As far as locations outside of the parks, that I am not familiar with but a Google search or a look at the Utah tourism website could be helpful. Cheers, Julie

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    Rob Sternberg

    We’re looking to do this 2nd half of October. I was wondering if there are any opportunities to see slot canyons without diverting to Page to see Antelope Canyons? Thanks

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      That’s a great question! When you drive between Moab and Capitol Reef, you can hike through Little Wild Horse slot canyon, which is a lot of fun. Goblin Valley State Park is nearby too (no slot canyons but still very cool to see). In Grand Staircase Escalante, in between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon, you can hike through Spooky Slot and hike through Zebra Slot canyon. An near Bryce Canyon, you can hike through Willis Creek. So, lot’s of great options! Cheers, Julie

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    Billy B

    hey, just started planning trip for the mighty 5 plus grand canyon, did trip this past Sept. thru , Glacier, Yellowstone, and the Tetons. and just loved all of it . got several ideas from just reading your post, thanks. anyway looking at doing 12-15 days on this trip, don’t want to rush but looking for best way to start and finish. in mid 60’s and 5 mile in and out hikes ok. any suggestions on the way to start planning/looking. starting point, flying from SC an going from there.
    thanks . Billy

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  5. Avatar for Jill

    Thanks for this great guide! We’re looking to fit a Mighty 5 trip into a spring break trip in late March 2024. Will you take a look and see how this looks? Are we providing ourselves enough time at each place? or should we cut one out to allow more time at another?

    3/21 Arrive in Salt Lake City or Provo (depending on the airport we fly into)
    3/22 Drive to Moab area, Arches National Park. Overnight in Moab
    3/23 Arches/Canyonlands, Deadhorse State Park. Overnight in Moab
    3/24 Drive through Capital Reef to Bryce Canyon (longish day of driving). Overnight Bryce Canyon area
    3/25 Bryce Canyon during day, drive to Zion. Overnight near Zion
    3/26 Zion in the am, drive back to departing airport (3-4 hour drive). Overnight near airport
    3/27 Fly home

    It looks like a lot. A whirlwind. Will we have time at each place to do some hiking or would we be rushing too much? Thanks in advance

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Jill. Yes, it does look like a whirlwind trip. You have two options. Number 1 is to keep it as it is, which allows you to quickly visit each national park. How you have it laid out works very well. People who have done it this quickly have written in and said it felt like they moved too quickly and some of these people wished they had visited fewer parks but spent more time in each of them. So, number 2 is to limit yourself to Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef, skipping Zion and Bryce Canyon. That gives you enough time to spend one full day in each of these 3 parks, plus some extra time. But of course, you don’t get to see 2 national parks. There is no right answer to this question, it just really depends on if you would rather see all 5 parks very quickly or slow down and explore 3 parks more thoroughly, saving Zion and Bryce for a future trip. Cheers, Julie

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    Thank you for the abundance of travel information for visiting the Mighty Five! I used your itinerary to plan our road trip last week. We flew into SLC and home from LAS. We visited Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point SP, Capital Reef, Escalante-Grand Staircase, Bryce, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Zion. We’ve previously visited Zion and Grand Canyon North Rim so we traded time there for the Upper Antelope Canyon tour and visit to Horseshoe Bend. Weather was perfect the first week of October! Cheers! Kelly

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    Andre Bjornskov

    Both my wife and I are in out 70’s with some mobility issues in addition, I have a certified service dog which means hikes are out of the question. We’ve wanted to see the the parks you describe in real life rather than photos. Do you have suggestions of what to see for people with disabilities?

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      Hello Andre. Yes, you can still see quite a bit in the parks, either from a car or park shuttle. In Zion, ride the shuttle through Zion Valley. It’s a beautiful drive and you will get to see a few iconic places in Zion. In Bryce Canyon, you can park near the path the runs along the rim of the canyon. This walking path provides awesome views and is relatively wide and flat. At Capitol Reef, drive Highway 24 and Capitol Reef Scenic Drive which is one of the best national park drives in Utah. At Arches, just driving through the park allows you to see a lot of Arches without ever getting out of your car. However, the viewpoints of Delicate Arch require some sort of hiking or walking so you won’t be able to see this. And finally, at Island in the Sky, Canyonlands, again you can drive the roads to a few viewpoints (Grand View Point and Green River Overlook are accessible). I think it is worth adding on Dead Horse Point State Park and walking out to the viewpoint at the end of the main road for one of the best viewpoints in Utah. Have a great time in Utah! Cheers, Julie

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    Deanna Albano


    My husband and I have an unexpected 2 weeks off September 17 and have decided to do the Mighty 5 in Utah. We will be driving from Indiana (Lake Michigan area). Do you recommend sticking with the Mighty 5 itinerary? Thank you for all the valuable information you provide.

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      An unexpected 2 weeks off sounds nice! It looks to be about 20 hours of driving from Chicago to Moab. So, the drive out and back will take about 4 days without any stops. That gives you just enough time for a 10 day Utah’s Mighty 5 road trip (you will have one extra day which you could use to drive from Springdale to Monument Valley and spend the rest of the day at Monument Valley, driving home from there). Or, you could do a 7 day Utah’s Mighty 5 itinerary, using the 3 extra days for stopovers in Colorado. Rocky Mountain NP is nice that time of year and a good time to see elk and go hiking. Both make great options…it just depends if you want to slow down and savor the Mighty 5 or add on another national park. Just be aware of the permits you will need to enter RMNP and Arches. Let me know if you have more questions. Cheers, Julie

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    We are planning a trip in late October or early November, but can’t do the whole 7 days. We would have 5 days, as we are both flying in from the east coast and the west coast. What days do you suggest that we skip? And is that info in the ebook? I just got the one for Badlands, and it as an amazing resource ! Thanks !

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      Hello Mary. No, information on how to shorten this itinerary is not in the eBook, but the eBook does list things to do in each park which would be useful for your trip. To shorten this, combine Arches and Canyonlands into one day. You could then drive through Capitol Reef to get to Bryce, visiting Bryce Canyon that afternoon, combining those parks. And then follow the rest of the itinerary as it is written. Have a great time on your trip! Cheers, Julie

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        Would it make any difference as to the direction of travel? I’m thinking starting in Vegas, so we can have a night there, then do the parks and end up in Salt Lake City ?

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    Martha Martin

    Hello Julie,
    Our family is planning a trip in October to visit the mighty five. At the tail end of our trip we have Bryce Canyon and Zion. Which park merits more time to explore ? What would be your recommendation in terms of days at each park ?

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      If you like hiking, then spend more time in Zion. There are a lot of great hikes to do in Zion so you could spend several days here on the trails. It’s possible to visit Bryce Canyon in half of a day, visiting the viewpoints and hiking the Queens Garden Navajo Trail loop. So, at a bare minimum, do a half day in Bryce and a full day in Zion. With more time, add it to Bryce to do a second hike or add on more hikes to Zion. Cheers, Julie

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