The 10 most spectacular road trips in Utah – part 1

Tick off iconic national parks, discover the red-rock majesty of Utah’s All-American Road or wind your way between petroglyphs, hoodoos and dinosaur bones. These are 10 of Utah’s most impressive drives…

Towering mesas, looming monoliths and fiery sandstone canyons: Utah’s desert landscapes are vast, making them best explored from the road. Tick off its iconic national parks, discover the red-rock majesty of the All-American Road or wind your way between petroglyphs, hoodoos and dinosaur bones with ten of the state’s most spectacular drives…

1. Iconic classics 


Drive into the iconic Capitol Reef National Park (Steve Greenwood)

Surreal rock arches and jaw-dropping sculpted canyons are among the classic images of the American West, and you’ll find them all in Utah’s Mighty 5® national parks. On this week-long road trip you’ll begin exploring the domes and dunes of Snow Canyon State Park, before cruising beneath the rock tunnels of the All-American Road on your way to stargaze in Bryce Canyon National Park. Then it’s on to Kodachrome Basin for panoramic views and petroglyphs, before hikes in Capitol Reef and a sunset wander to the iconic Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. Over your last few days, you’ll tick off visits to Canyonlands, Monument Valley and Lake Powell, before finishing in Zion National Park with two of its most renowned hikes.

Start and finish: St George & Zion National Park
Distance: 930 miles
Duration: 7+ days
Full road trip route

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