Utah is such an amazing state to take a road trip through. A Utah road trip is the perfect opportunity to check out a wide diversity of adventures.
Your biggest challenge on a Utah road trip will be trying to squeeze it all in. My top recommendation on a Utah road trip is definitely Zion.
Zion National Park is unlike anything you’ve ever seen in the world and worth driving though even if you only have half a day.
Where to Start Your Utah Road Trip
If you are flying in for your Utah road trip, you’ll probably fly into Salt Lake City. The nice thing about Salt Lake City is that it’s easy to get stocked up with everything you need to make this Utah road trip a complete success.
If you don’t have time to do a long road trip through Utah don’t worry. There is a lot to do within an hour’s drive of Salt Lake City so you could easily use it as a home base for exploring the Cottonwood Canyons and Park City.
Best Time For A Utah Road Trip
You could do this road trip at any time of the year. Since this road trip includes mountains and deserts, depending on the time of year, some areas will have snow and some areas will be extremely hot.
If you aren’t going to Utah to ski, then the best time to do this trip is Fall because the mountain will be clear of snow and the desert won’t be too hot.
Utah Road Trip Itinerary
If you skip the northern Utah area and focus just on hitting Utah’s Big 5, then one week is the perfect amount of time to complete this Utah road trip itinerary and here’s how I would do it:
Day 1: Arrive in Salt Lake City and explore Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons
Day 2: Zion National Park
Day 3: Zion NP in the morning + Bryce Canyon NP in the evening
Day 4: Zebra Slot Canyon + Calf Creek or Capitol Reef
Day 5: Arches + Moab
Day 6: Dead Horse SP and/or Canyonlands NP
Day 7: Park City
But honestly, you need two weeks to really experience all the destinations I’ve included below.
I love mountain towns and Park City is one of my favorites. The town itself has great restaurants and shopping, although our two favorite places in Park City are Ritual Chocolate and Mountain Town Olive Oil.
What makes Park City so rad is how the ski lifts are right in the center of town, making it easy to hike the hills and hitch a ride down or buy a pass to downhill mountain bike all