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Road Trips

Experience Utah from its scenic byways and charming basecamps
These roads wind through national parks, ski resorts, seven national forests, 44 state parks and more one of a kind towns than you’d be able to visit after a year living in your van. Each journey is a photographer’s paradise, a hiker’s nirvana, a Western historian’s feast, and a geologist’s dream world. On this road trip, you may want to set your cruise control for 5 miles per hour under the speed limit.


Things to do on Your Road Trip

“Slow down and smell the flowers. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” Whichever cliché resonates, they often hold true — it can be tough not rushing from point A to point B. There are a lot of incredible places to discover. To make the most of your time traveling through Utah, follow these tips:

  1. Experience the Dark Skies - Utah is home to the highest concentration of International Dark Sky Parks and Communities anywhere in the world. It pays to get up early and watch a sunrise, especially over a red rock horizon in Southern Utah. Once you reach your next stop, stay up late and spend some time gazing into the star-filled skies.
  2. Support Local - Many of Utah’s most famous adventure destinations are surrounded by soulful basecamp communities. Skip the drive thru and stop into a local diner for a meal you’ll never forget. It’s these local boutiques, outfitters, restaurants and museums that will show you the heart and soul of a region.
  3. Fall Into An Audiobook - A few hours between stops is the perfect opportunity to glean insights about Utah’s fascinating heritage, geology and ecology. Prepare for your journey by downloading a few of these favorite books from Utahn authors.
  4. Download These Apps Beforehand - Similarly, there are apps available to enhance your experience in Utah’s open spaces. Identify that desert wildflower, learn what left that track in the sand or discover a new constellation with these must-have travel apps.
  5. Stay Flexible - There’s a sense of freedom and independence that accompanies the southwest road trip. Utah’s destinations are best suited to the flexible — take a detour, pop into that intriguing store, and add a day to your trip if you find somewhere that captivates you.
  6. Take Pit Stops - You’re doing it wrong if you think road trip pit stops are boring layovers on your way to more exciting destinations. You need to refuel, eat, answer the call of nature, and stretch your legs anyway, so why not make them into mini-adventures?

Planning Resources

Ski Trip Itineraries

National Park Road Trip Itineraries

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You may know Arches National Park as Utah's home for thousands of natural sandstone arches, but you may not know about the hidden gems just outside the park. Find more to love about the Arches region with this guide.
  • Arches National Park
  • Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Jurassic National Monument
  • Corona Arch Hike
Think you know Zion? The region surrounding one of Utah’s most popular national parks holds plenty of surprises, whether it’s your first time, or your fifth.
  • Zion National Park
  • Snow Canyon State Park & St. George
  • Red Cliffs Recreation Area & Cedar City
  • Slot Canyons in Kanab
Known as Utah's epicenter of red rock hoodoos, the Bryce Canyon region is where lush alpine forests meet stunning red rock. Gaze over stunning vistas, explore a rich Ancestral Puebloan heritage, find solitude, and so much more.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Kodachrome Basin State Park
  • Escalante Grand-Staircase National Monument
  • Anasazi State Park

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Road Trips From Salt Lake City

Weekend Trips from Nearby States Itineraries

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Three days of the most adrenaline-inducing, pulse-quickening activities in the state. Enjoy mind-blowing mountain biking, serious skydiving, huge hikes and rad rafting.
  • Colorado River White Water
  • White Rim Trail
  • Moab Mountain Biking
  • Fiery Furnance of Arches National Park
Three days in the Wild West with your wild ones. Experience life on the frontier, canyon scrambles, dinosaur tracks and ghost towns.
  • Frontier Homestead State Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Sand Hollow State Park
  • Snow Canyon State Park
Follow in the footsteps of Utah’s earliest people, explorers and settlers on this six-day road trip as you try to imagine this land as they first discovered it.
  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Grand Staircase–Escalante
  • Western Heritage Sites Highway 89