Hit the Road: Utah’s Red Rock Country

Mar 25, 2013

Hit the Road: Utah’s Red Rock Country

Are you up for this incredible Utah road trip?

This must-drive loop through four National Parks, in the heart of Utah’s red rock country, is big on the miles, but a definite bucket list item.  Check out the route…

Salt Lake City to Zion National Park

From Salt Lake, find your way to I-15S. As you near canyon country, veer onto UT-17S and then left on UT-9E which takes you through Utah’s first National Park, Zion. You’ll want to park your car at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center so you can hop on the shuttle and get into the heart of the park for access to areas like Weeping Rock and Temple of Sinawava (gateway to The Narrows—an entry-level canyoneering experience if you’re up for the challenge).

Zion to Bryce Canyon National Park

From Zion follow UT-9E to US-89N. After about 43 miles turn right onto UT-12E and then another right at UT-63S into Bryce Canyon. In Bryce Canyon, explore unique geology and find out what a “hoodoo” is when you stretch your legs on the 4-mile Hat Shop hike.

Bryce Canyon to Moab (via Capitol Reef National Park)

Follow UT-63N out of Bryce and make your way back onto UT-12E. Turn right onto UT-24E, which heads right through Capitol Reef National Park, one of the least visited parks in the country. Stop for a layover and have this geological wonder all to yourself.

Continue on UT-24E to I-70E. En route, check out the quaint town of Boulder, Utah. Take the exit for US-191S to Moab. Make Moab your base camp for exploring the wonderland of Arches National Park, mountain biking, or maybe even whitewater rafting before heading back to Salt Lake City.

Utah Road Trip

Got another week? O.A.R.S. offers Cataract Canyon rafting trips from Moab through Canyonlands National Park (make that five national parks in one trip!).

 

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Cari Morgan
Cari Morgan is O.A.R.S.' Communications Specialist (a.k.a. the voice of O.A.R.S.). She lives and plays in the Sierra Foothills.