Southwest Utah: Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, and Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument

The Narrows, Zion National Park
The Narrows, Zion National Park

Southwest Utah: Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, and Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument

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Southwest Utah has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to national parks and spectacular scenery. There is something for everyone- kids, photographers, hikers, campers, and those who just like to drive around in beautiful settings. The convenient distance from Las Vegas International Airport makes this a doable trip for anyone in the US or abroad, which is great, because everyone should see this corner of the world once in their life. This itinerary covers Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

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Too busy to read through a million blogs and guidebooks to plan a trip to Southwest Utah? Simplify your life with this itinerary. Everything you need to know: where to sleep, eat, and play! This 39 page itinerary includes detailed information to help you plan the perfect trip.

  • Kid-friendly hikes-  chosen for their length, difficulty, and if it has something for them to enjoy, such as a stream or cave.
  • Lodging recommendations- whether you should stay in the park or if you are better off in the surrounding areas. Hotel, Airbnb, and camping recommendations described in detail so you can decide what best suits your family.
  • Places to eat- Kid-friendly, tasty, and well- priced recommendations for every day. Local restaurants are emphasized, especially if it offers something unique such as their own beer or yummy pies. 
  • Advice and tips I wish I had known beforehand - what kind of backpack to bring, how busy the shuttles get, what should I pack
  • A guide to hiking the Narrows in Zion with kids
  • Detailed maps showing trails, lodging, restaurants, and other points of interest. 
  • Rainy day activities- because Mother Nature doesn't always go along with our best laid plans.
  • Organized day-by-day plans that try to fit the most amount of activities in without over scheduling while also minimizing backtracking. Vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing, not gearing up for battle!
  • Seasonal recommendations. Summer and winter are very different times to visit these parks, not just because of weather changes, but also hotel availability and park programs.