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What Is the Best Order to Visit the Utah National Parks?

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What Is the Best Order to Visit the Utah National Parks?

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July 10, 2024 What Is the Best Order to Visit the Utah National Parks?

The state of Utah has the third most national parks in the country, trailing only California and Alaska, with nine and eight respectively. Boasting five beautiful national parks, it is a naturally stunning state and surely one worth a visit.

While any way that you can cross the gorgeous “Mighty 5” off of your bucket list is respectable, here’s our favorite order to visit the Utah National Parks in a Class B RV rental.

What Is the Order of the National Parks in Utah?

From east to west, here is the order of national parks in Utah and one great order for visiting them – perfect for a 5-day or 7-day itinerary.

Arches National Park

In the serene town of Moab is the striking Arches National Park, which contains the biggest concentration of rock arches in the world. You may even recognize a rather famous one, the Delicate Arch, as it shows up on the Utah state license plates! Arches is a great park for either a hike or a drive.

Canyonlands National Park

Located just a few miles away from Arches is the equally beautiful Canyonlands, known for its colorful landscape of mesas, arches, and, of course, canyons. It’s also home to the beautiful Mesa Arch, which is a fairly easy hike that leads to a large arch jutting out above a deep canyon. You could do both Arches and Canyonlands in one day if you’d like, especially if you’re going light on the hiking.

Capitol Reef National Park

Next up, we have Capitol Reef National Park. This park runs along the All-American Road Scenic Byway 12, a Michelen-rated drive that is considered one of the prettiest in America. Enjoy views of large cliffs and winding canyons that give the spot its name. You can also explore lands previously settled by the Fremont Native Americans and later Mormon pioneers, and even pick fresh fruit in the groves.

Bryce Canyon National Park

While not the grandest canyon around, Bryce Canyon is an absolute wonder. A rather rugged landscape, the canyonland became popular for its distinct rock spires known as hoodoos. The spires almost form what looks like an outdoor theater, with the most famous portion of the park being a particularly picturesque center known as the Bryce Amphitheater.

Zion National Park

For many travelers, Zion National Park is the favorite of Utah’s Big 5. It’s the most visited park in the state for a reason – which is why we’ve saved the best for last. With large, sweeping sculptures of bright red and orange rocks, it’s unlike any other natural structure in the world. The rocks form natural tunnels that are both picturesque and fun to explore. Natural springs and rivers also run through the park, providing more areas for exploration and ample opportunity for running into wildlife.

Where Is the Best Base for Utah National Parks?

Some ideal starting points for exploring Utah include Las Vegas, Nevada, and Salt Lake City, Utah, which both have accessible airports. Wherever you begin and end your journey through the beautiful state of Utah, you’re sure to enjoy its many marvels. 

How to See All Five National Parks in Utah?

There are lots of different ways to check off these gorgeous landmarks from your national park bucket list. Our favorite way to take in these landmarks is by camper van. At Escape Camper Vans, we have over 600 vans to rent from 11 locations nationwide including Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas. Our camper vans are the perfect transportation for your trip and even provide a sleeping space. What more could you need? 

Consider following our Utah Mighty Five road trip itinerary listed above to get to all five parks in just seven days. You’ll forever be grateful that you did. Contact us today to find out how you have see all the national parks in Utah.

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