The Utah Grand Circle tour is a legendary tour of all five national parks in the state. It is the perfect road trip at any time of year, but we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch especially recommend driving it during the fall. Autumn is a much cooler time in the national parks, and the crowds are much thinner.
Our suggested Grand Circle route assumes that you are coming from Las Vegas into Utah. Of course, you can start the circle tour from many different points.
Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park via Interstate 15.
You should plan on staying in Zion for at least two days. Campgrounds are available as well as nearby lodging. For suggestions about what to do in Zion National Park, please check out some of our other Blog entries.
Drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park via Highway 89.
Bryce Canyon is, without a doubt, a beautiful national park. However, if you are pressured for time, we at the Lodge recommend spending only one day in the park. See some of our Blog posts on Bryce Canyon.
Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park via Highway 12.
This is our favorite part of the Grand Circle Tour. We love Highway 12 and we love Capitol Reef. Budget a couple of days to explore the park. For recommendations on what to see, check out our Blog.
Drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Arches National Park via Highway 24 and Interstate 70.
Arches National Park is known for its natural arches and bridges. But it is more that a one-trick-pony. See what else there is to do in Arches here.
Drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park via Highway 191.
Canyonlands is thus your last national park on the Grand Circle Tour. We suggest white water rafting in Canyonland. See more about the park here.
Drive from Canyonlands National Park to Las Vegas via Natural Bridges National Monument, Monument Valley National Monument, and Lake Powell.