Road Trip-State and National Parks and Monuments

On this incredible Road Trip, you can visit State Parks, National Parks, and National Monuments in the southwestern US. states. Page under construction.

Valley of Fire State Park

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The Valley of Fire State Park is Nevada's oldest, and largest, state park. You can't really imagine how incredibly scenic this park is until you visit it. The vibrant red rock formations and sandstone cliffs are a photographer's dream. The Native American Petroglyphs are truly amazing, and you can view them in many places within the park. Hiking is a favorite pastime in the Valley of Fire, and there are so many different trails, it will be hard to choose your favorite. Camping is available, both for RVs and for Tent Camping. 

There are so many different sights to see in the Valley of Fire State Park. View our Valley of Fire State Park article and get some of the highlights to discover on your journey. 

As a Passport to Awesome Adventures Member, you also get access to our Article "5 Great Hikes in the Valley of Fire" . This article includes just 5 of the amazing hikes with maps, and future articles will include more hikes, and of course, only Passport Members will have access to those. 

Zion National Park

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Zion National Park is Utah's first National Park, and is located in southern Utah. Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.

Zion National Park Website

Bryce Canyon National Park

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There is no place like Bryce Canyon. Hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion) can be found on every continent, but here is the largest collection of hoodoos in the world! Descriptions fail. Photographs do not do it justice. An imagination of wonder will serve you when visiting Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park Website

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument covers approximately 1,880,460 acres in Southern Utah, administered by the Bureau of Land Management. With narrow slot canyons, colorful sandstone cliffs, prehistoric village sites, old movie sets and more scenery than you could imagine in one place, it’s a great place to visit on any Road Trip.

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Website

Arches National Park

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Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.

Arches National Park Website

Capitol Reef National Park

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Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.

Capitol Reef National Park

Getting There

There is no one set way to get from one of these great parks to another, but there are many suggested itineraries. The Link to our interactive map is located below, you can view that to get an ideas on how to plan your itinerary. Below is a google map we created just to give an example of a sample Road Trip Idea. This googe map includes a stop at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort, where you can stay overnight in Cabins, Inn Suites, or the Deluxe RV Park AND enjoy Whitewater Rafting and Ziplines. Remember, as a Passport to Awesome Adventures Member, you get discounts on lodging and activities at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1: Valley of Fire State Park
Spend 3-6 hours at Valley of Fire State Park, drive approximately 50 miles to Mesquite, NV and spend the night at the Eureka Casino Resort. 

Day 2-3: Zion National Park
Drive approximately 79 miles from Mesquite, NV to Zion National Park. Stay overnight in Zion and explore. Visit the Zion Canyon Visitor's Bureau Website for information about lodging, restaurants, shopping and more. 

Day 4: Bryce Canyon National Park
Drive approximately 80 miles from Zion to Bryce, spend the day exploring this incredible area, and then drive approximately 75 miles to Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort. Spend the night at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort in a Cabin, RV Spot or Inn Suite, and remember, you save 10% off retail rates!

Day 5: Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort
Spend the day at Big Rock Candy Mountain participating in the many recreational activities, including River Trips, Ziplines, ATV Rentals on the Paiute ATV Trail, and more. Stay another night at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort.

Day 6: Arches National Park
Head out bright and early for Arches National Park, approximately 194 miles from Big Rock Candy Mountain. Spend the day exploring Arches and stay overnight at one of the many excellent lodging locations in the area. View the Discover Moab Website for information about places to spend the night near Arches National Park.

Day 7: Capitol Reef National Park
Head from Moab to Capitol Reef National Park for a day of exploration and discovery. It is approximately 136 miles from Moab to Capitol Reef. Spend the day exploring and then head to Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

Day 8: Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
Spend the night in one of the many fine lodging establishments in Kanab, then wake up and start exploring this wonderland. View Lodging in and near Kanab and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

The above of course is just a sample itinerary, you should pick and choose your favorites and get started planning your trip. The Visit Utah Site has some great suggested Road Trip Itineraries, as well as suggestions for other activities to enjoy in Utah. 

Road Trip Map

We have prepared an online map that includes markers for all of the attractions and activities described on this page. View the map in a separate window in order to see the entire map. VIEW MAP HERE.

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