What To Do In Southern Utah For 5 Days
By Hayley LaRiviara | March 22, 2023
This blog post outlines a five-day road trip itinerary starting in Salt Lake City and visiting several stunning natural landmarks in the American Southwest.
Kick off your epic road trip by picking up your sleek and spacious van in Salt Lake City and hitting the road to the breathtaking Bryce Canyon National Park. Start your adventure by exploring the park’s most popular trails, including the famous Navajo Loop, accessible from the Sunset Parking Lot. Don’t forget to pack your microspikes to tackle the terrain like a pro if it snows!
Rise and shine early to catch the mesmerizing sunrise from the spectacular Sunrise Point before embarking on your journey south towards Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Take your pick from the diverse range of campsites available within the park and spend the night stargazing under the desert sky.
Greet the day with another magnificent sunrise and head to Kanab, stopping along the way at the Caves Parking Lot for a short but thrilling hike to explore the caves. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, hit up Kanab for a hearty breakfast and fuel up for the next leg of your journey.
Drive west to Paria Townsite and discover the colorful Rainbow Hills before settling in for an unforgettable sunset and sunrise. Spend the night camping in the nearby BLM land and rest up for more adventure to come.
After taking in the sunrise, it’s time to hit the road and make your way to the stunning Toadstool Hoodoos. The hike is an easy 2-mile round trip and offers breathtaking views of the unique rock formations.
Next, head towards Page, Arizona, and stop at the impressive Glen Canyon Dam visitor center for a glimpse into the area’s fascinating history. Finish the day with a visit to the iconic Horseshoe Bend and soak up the views of the mighty Colorado River. For a perfect ending to the day, camp for free with your National Parks Pass at Lone Rock Beach.
Wake up early and enjoy your last morning in the beautiful Southwest. Savor a delicious breakfast and a warm cup of coffee while soaking in the views of Lone Rock before heading back to Salt Lake City to return your van, with memories to last a lifetime!