With so many US States to choose from, why choose Utah for your road trip?  The main reason to choose Utah is for stunning red rock formations in all shapes and sizes.  What’s more, some parts of Utah are so remote that you may have a stunning location all to yourself.  If the red rock formations alone aren’t enough to persuade you to visit Utah, then the Great Salt Lake and vast wildlife may just encourage you to do so!

Utah Road Trip Inspiration

Corona Arch, Utah Road Trip

Here are suggestions for a Utah road trip.  The road trip which caught my eye was traversing Utah’s National Parks from Moab to Zion National Park.  I’ll cover most of the National Parks below but before I begin I must mention Corona Arch near Moab.  This top Instagram spot is a 1.5 mile walk from Utah State Route 279.  Park up your hire car and spend as long as you desire at Corona Arch.

More Utah Road Trip Ideas

Olympic Park Utah

I recommend you change your hire care for a bobsleigh at Utah Olympic Park.  Who remembers the 2002 Winter Olympics?  That’s the year the Olympics came to Salt Lake City, Utah.  Today, you can visit Utah Olympic Park at Park City, 28 miles from Salt Lake City.  During the 2002 Olympics this is where the bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, ski jumping, and Nordic combined were held.  In fact, if you’re lucky you may see future Olympic athletes training here when you visit.  What’s more, there are a few activities which you can partake in yourself such as ziplining.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park, Utah Road Trip

Zion Canyon is famous for its steep red cliffs.  There’s no better place to view these than from Angels Landing.  As a result, Angels Landing is a top photo spot not just in Zion Canyon National Park but in all of Utah.  Drive along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive through the National Park and leave your car to take short hikes.

The Narrows

The Narrows, Utah Road Trip

The Narrows is exactly that, the narrowest part of Zion Canyon.  To see it best you must hike through the Virgin River which guarantees wet feet.  Walk through a 1000 foot high canyon with a width of less than 30 feet.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

For stunning views, take a drive around the park to Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration and Bryce viewpoints.  You’re guaranteed to see some of the most beautiful views you’ll ever see.  Additionally, you can take a worthwhile 18 mile one way trip to Rainbow Point.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City

It’s worth parking up your car and spending a couple of days in Salt Lake City.  One stunning thing to see in Salt Lake City is the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square.  Another stunning building is the Utah State Capitol Building which looks more like something you’d find in Washington DC.  Discover more things to do in Salt Lake City with KAYAK.

Great Salt Lake

Great Salt Lake, Utah Road Trip

North of Salt Lake City is the Great Salt Lake.  This is the largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere as well as one of the largest in the world.  Consider visiting Antelope Island State Park which is home to bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, antelope as well as several birds.  Alternatively, I-80 West from Salt Lake City will give you the opportunity to view the southern end of the Great Salt Lake.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park, Utah Road Trip

Those who love natural stone formations will be in their element at Arches National Park.  As a matter of fact, Arches National Park boasts over 2000 natural arch formations throughout the landscape.  Perfect for photographers, Instagram shots or those who simple enjoy a good view.

Park City

Park City, Utah Road Trip

I mentioned earlier Utah Olympic Park near Park City.  You won’t regret stopping by Park City itself, for a walk down the historic Main St.  Lastly, Park City is surrounded by some of the top ski slopes in the whole of the USA.

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park, Utah Road Trip

Canyonlands National Park has been carved by the Colorado river over centuries.  Drive the paved scenic route to Island in the Sky where you’ll see a truly stunning panoramic.  However, if you truly want to visit every part of Canyonlands you should consider hiring a 4×4 vehicle and exploring the unpaved roads.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah Road Trip

Capitol Reef National Park has been described as Zion National Park but without the crowds.  Maybe minimise your time at Zion to the best viewpoints, then give yourself an extra day at Capitol Reef National Park?  You have your own set of wheels so you can plan how you want!  Take an 8 mile scenic drive through Capitol Reef National Park and witness stunning views at your leisure.

Golden Cathedral

Grand Staircase - Escalante National, Utah Road Trip

Golden Cathedral is an incredible rock formation with stagnant water beneath it.  Truly a top Instagram location in Utah State.  However, to reach the Golden Cathedral is by far from an easy task which involves a 9 mile hike including desert and river crossings.  Park your car at the trailhead in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and come well prepared for a challenging hike.

Monument Valley

Monument Valley, Utah Road Trip

If you’re from my generation or older you may recognise Monument Valley from Back to the Future III.  In fact, Monument Valley has been the stunning backdrop to many movies and series over the years.  You’ll find it on the Utah / Arizona border.  As a result, Monument Valley makes the perfect place to start an Arizona road trip.

Enjoy Your Utah Road Trip

Utah Road Trip

Enjoy your Utah road trip with the freedom of the open road and no set in stone schedule.  Maybe you want to relax at a red rock formation for sunset, or get up early for sunrise?  Maybe you want to witness the golden hour reflecting in the Great Salt Lake.  Alternatively, you may wish to spend hours watching wildlife.

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