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Zion National Park   |  Jay Dash

Southwestern Utah

The majority of visitors to southwestern Utah focus their efforts on the Mighty 5® national parks. And, for good reason, these parks are spectacular. However, seasoned travelers and savvy locals know that red rock activities, scenery and adventures aren’t limited to national park boundaries. In fact, many travelers have found their favorite memories among these hidden gems.

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Recommended regional trip length:

Plan six days to fully experience the three national parks:

Add an additional day for each of the following:

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    4 Days

    The Complete Bryce Canyon Trip

    Planning a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park? Explore these local-favorite destinations in the Bryce Canyon region to make the most of your trip!

    Hiking, Scenic Drives/Road Trips

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    5 Days

    The Complete Capitol Reef Trip

    Planning a trip to Capitol Reef National Park? Explore these local-favorite destinations in the Capitol Reef region to make the most of your trip!

    Hiking, Scenic Drives/Road Trips

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    6 Days

    The Complete Zion Trip

    Tucked into the southwest corner of Utah, Zion National Park is the centerpiece for a 6-day red-rock vacation that includes a little bit of everything that makes the state such a marvel to experience.

    Ghost Towns, Hiking, Scenic Drives/Road Trips

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Regional Highlights

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4 Days

Butch Cassidy's West

For movie buffs, this scenic tour of the state of Utah comes alive with nostalgia for Robert Redford’s iconic film, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," and some of Butch Cassidy's real-life haunts.

Film Tourism, Ghost Towns, History and Heritage, Scenic Drives/Road Trips

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02

6 Days

Base Camp Kanab

From the vermilion, white and pink cliffs and wide expanses of Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, to the twisting sandstone bottlenecks of Buckskin Gulch, even the vertigo-inducing views of Zion National Park if you've never been, this six-day itinerary will show you why Kanab is the perfect base camp for adventure.

Cycling, Hiking, Scenic Drives/Road Trips

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03

5 Days

Southwest Silver Screen

See silver screen cowboys and real ones, too. This five-day itinerary will take you to famous film backdrops and to the real Old West.

Adventure, Hiking, History and Heritage

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2 Days

Iconic Classics Southwest

If you’ve only got two days on the open roads of Utah, spend it at two of our most iconic national parks, Bryce Canyon and Zion. We don't use “iconic” lightly. These are two of The Mighty 5® — the standard bearers of Utah, the giants whose splendor has inspired humans for centuries.

Camping & Backpacking, Hiking, Scenic Drives/Road Trips, Stargazing

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05

2 Days

Away from it All

Many stop by Cedar Breaks National Monument to peer into its colorful amphitheater. Separate yourself from the crowd by arriving early and racing the sunrise to the Ramparts. Later, drop deep into the backcountry of Bryce Canyon’s spire-filled basin, where few tourists ever venture — an amphitheater of peace. Then, at night, admire the stars in the pristine darkness of Bryce Canyon’s 9,000-foot elevation.

Camping & Backpacking, Hiking, Solitude, Stargazing

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06

5 Days

Larger Than Life: Winter in Southwestern Utah

This desert is dramatic. In a really good way. Experience the towering heights of Zion, the depths of Buckskin Gulch, the dunes of Snow Canyon, the sunset over Gooseberry. Southern Utah’s wilds are wearing their winter splendor.

Camping & Backpacking, Climbing & Canyoneering, Cycling, Fishing, Glamping, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Non-ski Winter Activities, Scenic Drives/Road Trips, Stargazing

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