Pack your bags and load up the trunk, because Utah’s untouched natural beauty awaits! This road trip itinerary will take you through the renowned Utah Mighty 5 National Parks and beyond. Along the way, you’ll find perfect accommodations at AutoCamp Zion and Field Station Moab, offering a comfortable place to rest and recharge as you explore the state’s wonders and create unforgettable memories.
Field Station Moab: The perfect starting point
Start your journey at Field Station Moab, an eco-conscious retreat that prioritizes sustainability. Amidst the captivating red rock vistas, spacious rooms with outdoor-inspired amenities provide a sanctuary for relaxation before hitting the road.
This ideal launchpad, just outside Arches National Park and near Canyonlands, offers expert guides, comfy beds, spa-like bathrooms, a pool, hot tub, fire pit, and a 24/7 gear shop in the lobby for gear rental that simplifies your adventure preparations!
Moab: The capital of adventure
With Field Station Moab as your starting point, your Utah Mighty 5 road trip kicks off in the vibrant town of Moab, known as the gateway to America’s iconic national parks. Visit Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 natural stone arches, including the breathtaking Delicate Arch, and continue your exploration through Canyonlands National Park.
Highway 24: A journey to the red planet
After saying au revoir to Moab, you’ll venture along Highway 70 to Highway 24, an otherworldly route that takes you to a unique landscape resembling Mars. Along the way, you’ll find Goblin Valley State Park, filled with eerie rock formations resembling playful goblins. Continuing on Highway 24, you’ll enter Capitol Reef National Park, known for the impressive Waterpocket Fold, and opportunities to explore historic orchards and rugged backcountry.
Scenic Byway 12: A slice of heaven on Earth
From Capitol Reef, head south in Torrey to embark on Scenic Byway 12, celebrated as one of the most stunning drives in the US. This picturesque route guides you through Dixie National Forest, where lush forests meet breathtaking canyons and plateaus. Along Scenic Byway 12, you’ll drive the thrilling Hells Backbone, a narrow ridge road with stunning vistas that leads to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, known for its famous Lower Calf Creek Falls and hiking trails.
Bryce Canyon National Park: A natural marvel
As you follow Scenic Byway 12, you’ll reach Bryce Canyon National Park, where you’ll encounter the hoodoo—tall and thin spires of rock and minerals formed by erosion, that create a remarkable geological landscape. There, you can explore the numerous trails of this distinctive terrain, including the Navajo Loop and Queen’s Garden Trail.
Zion National Park: The grand finale
As your Utah Mighty 5 road trip peaks, head south on Highway 89, then west on Highway 9 into Zion National Park. A photo-worthy tunnel unveils Zion’s stunning beauty with towering cliffs, canyons, and the Virgin River. Get a taste of the park’s stunning views and landscapes while hiking trails like Angel’s Landing and Riverside Walk.
AutoCamp Zion: Where boutique hotel meets nature retreat
Wrap up your long road trip with a well-deserved stay at AutoCamp Zion where contemporary luxury meets the great outdoors. This desert gem offers a selection of chic Airstream trailers, swanky suites, and snug glamping tents to crash in because, after a long journey, you’ve earned the right to put your feet up.
Enjoy a spacious pool, live music in the clubhouse, complimentary yoga and meditation sessions to unwind, and bikes for property exploration. AutoCamp Zion is pet-friendly and provides group-friendly cabins. It’s also conveniently close to Snow Canyon State Park, famous for lava flow hikes and slot canyons if you’re up for one more road trip adventure. Don’t forget the 15% advanced purchase discount for bookings made over a month in advance!