My very first road trip was through the American Southwest. I probably never would have gone on this trip if my best friend Emilie had not insisted on visiting the Grand Canyon. Little did I know this road trip would be the catalyst for my obsession with travel. It was also the beginning of many yearly, best-friend road trips throughout Europe and the United States. I caught the travel fever as we drove hundreds of miles through the dry, sandy deserts of Arizona and shrubby plains of New Mexico. In March of 2021, we returned to the Southwest and road tripped through Utah’s Mighty 5. I designed this Southwest itinerary by combining the best of Arizona and Utah into one perfect road trip. Here’s what you should expect to see on this epic 2-week trip:
- Day 1 – Phoenix, AZ
- Day 2 – Sedona, AZ
- Day 3 – Sedona, AZ
- Day 4 – Slide Rock State Park
- Day 5 – Grand Canyon National Park
- Day 6 – Page, AZ
- Day 7 – Zion National Park
- Day 8 – Zion National Park & Kanarra Falls
- Day 9 – Bryce Canyon
- Day 10 – Capitol Reef National Park
- Day 11 – Dead Horse Point State Park & Canyonlands National Park
- Day 12 – Arches National Park
- Day 13 – Monument Valley
- Day 14 – Drive/ Fly home
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Day 1 – Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix is the perfect place to begin your Arizona Utah road trip. It is home to Phoenix International Airport and features great proximity to major Southwest attractions. Depending on what time you land, you may have enough time to spend some time in Phoenix and even do a short hike up Superstition Mountain. There you’ll find countless Saguaro cacti and great views of the valley. If you lack the time to explore Phoenix, you can head straight to Sedona, AZ. The drive from Phoenix to Sedona is about 2 hours.
If you have additional time to spend in Phoenix or would rather substitute a day in Sedona to spend more time in Phoenix, here are some of the best things to do in Arizona’s state capital.
- Roosevelt Row Art District
- Hot air balloon ride
- Desert Botanical Gardens
- Musical Instrument Museum
- Goldfield Ghost Town
- Stay in Scottsdale, AZ
If you arrive early and would rather check another national park off your bucket list, head to Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ. Saguaro is about 1h30 to 2h south of Phoenix. Click here for my Saguaro National Park guide.
Day 2 – Sedona, AZ
For your first morning in Sedona, I suggest visiting the Chapel of the Holy Cross and exploring the spiritual side of Sedona. In downtown Sedona, you’ll find lots of places to shop and eat. Enjoy walking around Sedona’s commercial district then head to lunch
If you’re looking for great food with even greater views, I recommend the northern section of AZ-89A. Canyon Breeze, 89 Agave Cantina, and Open Range are all solid options. These restaurants offer great views of the Sedona red rocks, especially late fall during peak foliage.
Sedona is also heaven for vegans and vegetarians with tons of meatless options. Sedona’s Pizza and Pasta Company, one of the most popular pizza restaurants in Sedona, is actually vegan and features the same amazing views as the non-vegetarian options mentioned above.
In the afternoon, I recommend heading to Mescal Trailhead and going on a hike. Late afternoon is the best time to hike Devil’s Bridge. You will get incredible views of the surrounding vista as well as much lower crowds than other times of day.
If you’re looking to splurge on accommodations, we recommend the Enchantment Resort located in the heart of Boynton Canyon. However, if you are passing through Sedona on a budget, we recommend staying at Harmony House, an Air BNB style rental. We loved our stay there. The host was very friendly, and the room was comfortable, clean, and quiet. We had our own parking spot right outside our bedroom, and a small kitchen area with tea and coffee.
Day 3 – Sedona, AZ
For your second day in Sedona, I recommend hiking a few trails and enjoying some R&R among the beautiful red rocks. Some of my favorite hikes in Sedona include Subway Cave, Seven Sacred Pools, and Birthing Cave. See the link below for detailed directions for each trail.
Related – 6 Best Hikes in Sedona
Day 4 – Slide Rock State Park
For your third day in Sedona, I recommend driving up AZ-89A to Slide Rock State Park to take a dip. Make sure to arrive early as it can get quite crowded in the summer. The cool oasis of Oak Creek attracts loads of locals and tourists alike.
Slide Rock State Park is one of Arizona’s most popular swimming holes and perfect for families. This former apple farm is open 8am to 6pm from February 1st to November 30th and 9am to 5pm the rest of the year. The park is closed for holidays. The entrance fee is $10-$30 per vehicle depending on the time of year. National park passes are not accepted at this Arizona state park. Click here for hours of operation, fees, and information regarding swimming.
When you get ready to leave Slide Rock, head north on AZ-89A and make sure to stop at the top for breathtaking views of Sedona’s alpine hills. After snapping a few pictures, continue driving to Williams, AZ better known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon. Stop at Goldies Route 66 Diner for some delicious food and get a good night’s rest before visiting one of America’s most famous natural wonders.
Day 5 – Grand Canyon National Park
Today, your road trip through Arizona and Utah will take you to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, the 4th most visited national park in the United States with 4.5 million visitors in 2021.
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With one day in GCNP
When we first visited the Grand Canyon, I thought it would take us several days to see it all, but the truth is it is absolutely possible to admire all the viewpoints along the South Rim in just one day. The National Park Service provides four free shuttle lines that stop several times per hour at nearly all the viewpoints along the South Rim with the exception of the easternmost points – Grand View, Lipan, Navajo, and Desert View Points.
- The purple line runs from early spring to fall and shuttles visitors from Tusayan into Grand Canyon Village. There are two lines on the purple shuttle: north bound and south bound.
- The blue line circulates year round within Grand Canyon Village. There are two blue lines: east bound and west bound.
- The orange line runs year round as well and will take you to Mather and Yavapai Points on its west-bound line and to the South Kaibab trail, Yaki Point, and Pipe Creek Vista on its east-bound line.
- Finally, the red line runs from March 1st to November 30th and will take you all the way to Hermit’s Point, the westernmost viewpoint on the south rim of GCNP. It is important to note that all of the red-line viewpoints located west of Grand Canyon Village are accessible by shuttle only.
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What we did
We parked our car at the Yavapai Geology Museum and walked from Yavapai to Mather Point and back. You could also visit the points using the orange line. Then we stopped for lunch in Grand Canyon Village and then used the red line to explore the viewpoints from Grand Canyon Village to Hermit’s Point. As the evening approached, we got back in the car and headed to Desert View to watch the sunset. We stopped at Grand View, Lipan and Navajo Points on the way.
With two or more days in GCNP
If you are lucky enough to have more time to spend in Grand Canyon National Park, I recommend spending some time canoeing/ rafting down the Colorado River or hiking one of the trails down into the canyon. The Bright Angel Trail is a popular option. It is a strenuous hike with multiple stopping points from 4.6 mi/ 7.4 km to 9.3 mi/ 15 km one way. A majority of those who hike all the way down do so on a multi-day hike and either camp down at Bright Angel Campground or stay at Phantom Ranch Lodge, both of which require permits.
Another popular option is to hike Rim-to-Rim starting from the North Rim. Unless you are an extremely fit, marathon-running hiker, you will need to hike Rim to Rim on a multi-day hike as well. The hike from the north to the south rim of the Grand Canyon is approximately 24 miles/ 38.6 km and one of the most strenuous hikes in the world. No permits are required for parties of 11 or less. However, always check with the National Park Service prior to your visit as hiking conditions and permit requirements may change. It is highly recommended to begin your rim-to-rim hike at the North Kaibab trailhead and make your way to Phantom Ranch where the trail turns into Bright Angel Trail right before crossing the Colorado River. This is because the elevation gain is nearly 1,400 ft higher when hiking from the south to the north rim.
ATTENTION!The activities mentioned above are suitable for more adventurous travelers and experienced hikers only. Please always check weather conditions before going out on a hike in Grand Canyon National Park. During the winter time, temperatures can drop quickly while summertime can be unforgiving to those who set off on a hike unprepared.
Day 5 – Page, AZ
Page, Arizona is located near the border between Arizona and Utah and is one of the greatest stops on this road trip. It is home to a multitude of geological gems including Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and Lake Powell.
Horseshoe Bend is located within the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. Though there is no entrance fee, the city of Page charges $5 per motorcycle and $10 per vehicle. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. I recommend visiting during sunrise and sunset for lower crowds, but around noon to photograph the bend in full sunlight. The hike to the viewpoint is about 1.5 mi/ 2.4 km and requires close-toed shoes. I walked to the viewpoint in my sandals, and they broke. 0/10 would not recommend. Please be mindful of your surroundings and windy conditions as you approach the edge for a photo op. A visitor had died just a few days prior to our visit after falling from the cliff edge.
Antelope Canyon was Garrett’s favorite part of the trip. There are two ways to visit Arizona’s most famous slot canyon: the Lower and Upper route. Upper Antelope Canyon features the unique light beams you see in many photographs while Lower Antelope Canyon is brighter. However, travelers on a budget might prefer Lower Antelope Canyon as it offers cheaper tours. Antelope Canyon is located on Najavo land, and only a few companies are authorized to provide guided tours for visitors. Dixie Ellis and Ken’s are the only two companies that tour Lower Antelope Canyon. Their prices are identical, and they share the same parking lot. Tours depart every 30 minutes and last around 1 hour.
We visited Lower Antelope Canyon with Dixie Ellis and thoroughly enjoyed our time. I was nowhere near as experienced in trip planning back in 2018 and had not made reservations ahead of our visit at Antelope Canyon. To this day, I do not know how we managed to score three permits during peak daytime on a holiday weekend, but somehow we did. I highly recommend making reservations ahead of time and visiting during a weekday in low season to avoid the crowds. When we visited, there were hundreds of people in the canyon at once, which slightly tarnished our experience.
After spending your day exploring the rock formations of Page, AZ, head to Lake Powell to lay on the beach and relax. Like Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell is located within the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. Straddled on the border between Arizona and Utah, it is a must see on a Southwest road trip. There is a $30 entrance fee per vehicle, but you get in free with your national park pass. I highly recommend purchasing a national park pass if you plan on visiting 3 or more national park sites within the next 12 months.
There are several beaches along the shore of Lake Powell though no lifeguard is on duty. Lake Powell is also a water sports enthusiast’s paradise. During our visit, we saw people paddling, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, etc… The heartbreaking truth about Lake Powell is that it is in danger of disappearing due to increasingly dry climate in the area. In 2021, Lake Powell hit its lowest water level, and experts have warned that the lake may disappear in the next decade.
Day 7 – Zion National Park
You have now entered the Utah portion of your Arizona Utah road trip. There is so much to do in Zion National Park. To help you plan your visit, I designed the perfect itinerary for your first day in Utah’s most popular national park. I recommend starting the day with either Angel’s Landing or Observation Point. Both offer stunning views of Zion Canyon. Angel’s Landing is more thrilling but also more difficult to plan for. You will need to ride the shuttle and enter the Angel’s Landing Permit Lottery. If you are prone to acrophobia (fear of height) or don’t want to deal with the hassle of planning this hike, I recommend hiking to Observation Point via East Mesa Trail. This hike doesn’t require shuttle tickets or a permit of any kind and offers even better views of Zion Canyon.
Click here for my detailed guide on the best things to see in the Mighty 5.
Angel’s Landing is a strenuous 5.4 mile (8.7 km) out-and-back trail. It takes approximately 4 hours to complete and feature about 1500 ft of elevation. It is one of the most popular hikes in the United States but also one of the most dangerous. During our visit in March 2021, we took one of the very first shuttles of the day at 7:15am, and every single passenger (around 30 people) stopped at the Grotto to begin hiking up Angel’s Landing. We were the only ones left in the shuttle for our Narrows hike. Keep in mind this was prior to the lottery system implementation.
However, this trail isn’t for everyone. The last portion of the trail consists of walking along a narrow footpath with 1,000 ft drop-offs on both sides. Seventeen people have lost their lives on Angel’s Landing, including a teenage girl. As you will be reminded throughout your visit; your safety is your responsibility. Always avoid hiking alone and let people know where you are headed.
Though Angel’s Landing offers a unique and thrilling experience with breathtaking views of Zion Canyon, the views at Observation Point are unmatched. From the top of Observation Point, you can see all of Zion Canyon, including the narrow trail at the end of Angel’s Landing, which doesn’t even seem walkable in the distance. I recommend getting to the viewpoint at sunrise or around lunch time to enjoy less shadow on the canyon.
The hike to Observation Point is 6.7 miles (10.8 km) long and moderate. The only way to currently access Observation Point is through the East Mesa Trail near the East Entrance along Zion-Mt Carmel Highway, 45 minutes away from the main entrance. The road to the trail head can get very muddy and requires a vehicle with high clearance and 4-wheel drive on days following precipitations. If you do not have 4-wheel drive, it is recommended that you park your car and walk to the trailhead. If you are unable to access Observation Point or are looking for a shorter hike but still want to enjoy breathtaking views of Zion Canyon, check out Zion Canyon Overlook Trail. It is a moderate out-and-back 1 mi/ 1.6 km trail. Neither of these trails requires riding the shuttle.
Enjoy lunch at the Zion Lodge or picnic in the park at one of the many designated picnic areas. After enjoying the views of Zion Canyon, I recommend heading back to Canyon Junction Bridge (shuttle required) to enjoy the sunset then into Springdale, UT for dinner.
Day 8 – Zion National Park & Kanarra Falls
The Narrows is another strenuous hike of Zion National Park but oh so worth it. There are two ways to hike the Narrows: bottom up (up to 9 mi/ 14.5km) and top down (17 mi/ 27.3 km). Hiking the Narrows top down requires a permit and is an all-day hike with an option to camp overnight up the canyon. Hiking from the bottom up and back does not require any additional permit, is much shorter, and the path we chose for our hike.
The hike begins at the Temple of Sinawava (Shuttle Stop #9). The first mile (1.6km) of the trail consists of walking along the Riverside Walk. I highly recommend starting this hike as early as possible. We got on the shuttle at 7:15am, and there were swarms of people at the entrance of the canyon when we finished our hike around 2pm. Our hike lasted 6 hours for a total of 8 miles (13km) in the freezing Virgin River surrounded by sandstone walls a thousand feet (300m) tall. We had to stop at Wall Street due to rising water levels. Hiking back is usually easier as you are hiking with the current and no longer against it.
Before heading to the Narrows, check current conditions (the trail often closes during April and May due to high water levels) and make sure you have the appropriate equipment. There are many outfitters in town offering Narrows hiking gear packages for each season. We chose to rent from Zion Outfitters because they had the best prices and refund policy. While waterproof shoes may be fine in the summer, you will need waders in the winter. We hiked the Narrows mid-march, and the water was just a few degrees above freezing.
CYANOBACTERIA WARNINGfollowing a pet death in july 2020, zion national park has issued a warning for high levels of cyanobacteria in the virgin river. toxins enter the body through the nose, mouth, or open cuts, so do not submerge your head in the water or drink it even if it has been filtered.
After leaving Zion National Park, head to Kanarra Falls in Kanarraville right off I-15. Make sure to follow the signs once you get to Kanarraville because your Google Maps GPS may take your to a residential area 2 blocks down from the actual trailhead. There are free parking and bathrooms available in the parking lot below the entrance booth. This hike requires a $12 hiking permit, and the number of visitors is limited to 150 per day. These tickets can go fast, so I recommend getting them ahead of time if you can but keep in mind that they are non refundable.
The hike to the falls is 3.7 miles out and back and follows Kanarra Creek. The trail can be difficult to locate in places, so simply make sure to stay near the river. If you hike this trail during shoulder season when the water temperatures are low, I highly recommend getting a pair of neoprene socks to keep your feet warm and dry as hiking in the river can save a lot of time. Make sure to watch your step to avoid disrupting the ecosystem and potential falls. The rocks can be slippery, and I fell in the water twice during our hike. In case I did not make this obvious enough, this trail requires water shoes and cannot be done in flip flops or other loose-fitting shoe. Also keep in mind that, like the Narrows, this hike may close in April and May due to high water levels.
Day 9 – Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon is located approximately 1.5 to 2 hours (85 mi/ 137 km) away from Zion National Park. The very last portion of the drive will take you on a scenic route through the red rocks and cedar trees of Dixie National Forest. Bryce Canyon got its name from Ebenezer Bryce, a Scottish immigrant sent to the region for his carpentry skills by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The locals began calling the impressive collection of hoodoos “Bryce’s Canyon,” and the name stuck. Bryce Canyon National Park is the highest of all of Utah’s Mighty 5 with an average elevation of around 8,000ft (2500m), which also makes it the coldest. Be advised that road closures are frequent October to May, so make sure to check the national park service website before your visit.
WHAT IS A HOODOO?Hoodoos are tall, thin rocks that rise from the bottom of an arid basin. They form when a plateau slowly erodes into a wall, which then erodes into a window with a central cavity. As the eroding process goes on, it slowly eats away the bottom of the window, and finally the top of the now bridge-like formation collapses, leaving only the sides and forming individual hoodoos.
Queen’s Garden/ Navajo Loop Trail
I recommend you begin your day in Bryce by hiking the Queen’s Garden/ Navajo Loop Trail, starting at Sunrise Point. Most hikers choose to hike counterclockwise from Sunset Point to Sunrise Point. I would highly recommend hiking counterclockwise if the weather is warmer to avoid having to climb up the switchbacks. However, when the switchbacks are covered in ice as they were when we hiked, it is much easier and much safer to hike uphill than downhill. Bryce Canyon National Park is covered in snow over 200 days out of the year. If that is the case during your visit, consider purchasing a pair of traction cleats for snow and ice. They are available at the visitor center during the winter season.
The Queen’s Garden trail begins by taking you down and into the hoodoos. Always stay on trail to avoid weakening the fragile base of the hoodoos. As you near the junction with Navajo Loop Trail, you’ll be greeted by majestic conifers and blankets of moss.
Going up the Navajo Loop Trail, you’ll get a peek at Two Bridges from a distance (Two Bridges and Wall Street are both closed during winter) before climbing up the switchbacks to Sunset Point. Near Sunset Point is Thor’s hammer, one of the most famous hoodoos in the park. The trail then continues on the paved Rim Trail back to Sunrise Point.
Once you get back in your car, continue driving down Main Park Rd to Rainbow Point stopping at the many overlooks in Bryce’s Amphitheater and beyond.
Where to stay and where to eat?
For dinner, check out Bryce Canyon Inn and Pizza Place just minutes from the park’s entrance. Their hand-tossed pizzas are homemade with fresh, high-quality ingredients. You won’t be disappointed! We stayed at Red Ledges Inn in Tropic, UT, 10 miles from Bryce Canyon. It was surprisingly cheap, and the rooms were very nice and clean. I highly recommend.
Day 10 – Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef is the second-least visited of the Mighty 5. This can be explained by its location, a longer distance (about 2h15 minutes) from the other 2 pairs. The park is still worth the detour as it features geological formations that are among the most unique in all Southern Utah.
For the perfect day in Capitol Reef, I recommend enjoying your drive down scenic UT-24, making sure to stop at the many roadside pullouts. Because it is a state highway, no entrance fee or permit is required to drive down UT-24.
Cassidy Arch Trail
As you keep driving, you’ll arrive at the Visitor Center. There you can get a map or advice from the park rangers and purchase souvenirs. There you’ll turn right onto Capitol Reef Scenic Drive that is just 7.9 mi/ 12.7 km long. This road does require you to pay the entrance fee ($20) or show your national park pass. Down this road, you will find the Fruita Barn, Gifford Farm, and Cassidy Arch trailhead. The Gifford Homestead offers delicious farm-fresh pie year round. Consider stopping by the orchard to see the trees in full bloom in the spring or pick your own fruits in the summer. The Cassidy Arch Trail is moderate 3.1 mile out and back and features a beautiful imposing arch you can stand on.
Hickman Natural Bridge Trail
After hiking the Cassidy Arch, drive back up Capitol Reef scenic drive and turn right when you reach UT-24. On this section of the highway, you will come across the Fruita Schoolhouse, a historic structure nestled below the Wingate Sandstone Cliffs and just a few hundred yards down the road, the Petroglyph Panels featuring bighorn sheep and other symbols of the Fremont Culture.
Your last stop of the day will be one of the most popular hikes in Capitol Reef National Park. Hickman Natural Bridge is a 1.8 mile hike out and back trail that features moderate inclines and begins along the Fremont River before ending with breathtaking views of Hickman Natural Bridge.
The drive out of Capitol Reef on UT-24 was one of the most scenic I have ever taken. The 2.5 hour drive to Moab will take you through the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) past countless multi-colored layered rocks. I highly suggest doing this section of your Arizona Utah road trip during the day not to miss out on those gorgeous views.
Day 11 – Dead Horse Point State Park & Canyonlands National Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
As you carry on through your Utah and Arizona road trip, I recommend setting your alarm early and heading to Dead Horse Point State Park for sunrise. I had to drag my husband out of bed that day, but when we arrived on the edge of the canyon and watched the rock walls bathe in fiery red light, we knew it had been more than worth it. There is a $20 entrance fee per vehicle to enter the state park, but discounts are available for seniors, walk ins, or motorcycles. Click here for more information on entry and camping fees. The park is open year round from 6am to 10pm.
According to the legend, Dead Horse Point was once used by cowboys as a corral for captured wild mustangs. One day, for unknown reasons, the unwanted horses were left abandoned in the corral and died of thirst 2,000 feet above the Colorado River. Dead Horse Point was also the filming location for Thelma & Louise (1991) starring Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, and Harvey Keitel.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park is the most overlooked of Utah’s Mighty 5, which is a pity. The park can be visited in as little as half a day and is located just 45 minutes from Arches National Park. I recommend combining your visit with Dead Horse Point State Park. Both parks are extremely popular locations to watch the sunrise, but if I had to pick one, it would be Dead Horse. Another option could be to watch the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands and the sunset at Dead Horse. Whichever location you choose for sunrise or sunset, make sure not to miss the views at the different overlooks in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. If you have additional time, consider going off-roading into Shafer Canyon.
Many people skip Canyonlands on their road trip through Arizona and Utah, but I strongly recommend against. The scenic 45-minute drive from Canyonlands to Arches is well worth your time. I suggest staying in Moab, UT tonight as it is close to both Canyonlands and Arches National Park.
Day 12 – Arches National Park
For your last national park of this Arizona Utah road trip, you’ll be headed to Arches National Park, one of the most popular national parks in Utah and the Southwest. So much so, that the National Park Service piloted a timed-entry system. Starting in 2023, the timed entries must be reserved online on recreation.gov and costs $2 per slot. Vehicles can enter the park any time during their 1-hour time slot and remain as long as they wish. No reservation is required for entry before 7am or after 4pm. Click here for more information. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds and heat, consider visiting during low season in January or February.
As you make your way up Arches National Park Rd, you’ll drive through Courthouse Towers. Further down the road, you’ll find the Windows. I highly recommend spending some time walking around the Windows. The hikes are all under a mile and feature unique views. If your legs don’t give out by then, I recommend hiking to Landscape Arch in Devil’s Garden and Delicate Arch for sunset. If you must choose one of the two, make it Delicate Arch. It offers the most license-plate worthy view in the country!
For a more complete guide to Arches, check out my Arches National Park – One Day Itinerary.
If you are looking for a place to eat in Moab, I highly recommend the Spoke on Center for great food, great service, and an eclectic downtown setting. Give the huckleberry ice cream a try for a delicious local specialty.
Day 13 – Monument Valley
No Arizona Utah road trip would be complete without this iconic view of the Southwest. It’s so iconic it even has its own emoji. Monument Valley, like many other tourist attractions in the area, is located within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation and has a fee of $8 per person. Make sure to put the correct address in Google Maps to avoid getting lost. The exact coordinates for Monument Valley are N 37.00414 W 110.09889. The 17-mile loop through Monument Valley is open 8am to 4pm during winter time, 8am to 5pm during summer time, and closed on holidays.
After exiting Monument Valley, make your way back to Phoenix, AZ.
Day 14 – Drive/ Fly home
If you are heading east or continuing on from your Arizona Utah road trip through New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma, here are a few locations I recommend stopping by. These locations are listed from westernmost to easternmost.
- Petrified Forest National Park in AZ
- Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque, NM
- Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX
- Eiffel Tower in Paris, TX
- Beavers Bend State Park in OK
- Best Hiking Trails in Beavers Bend State Park (Broken Bow, OK)
- 6 Best Hikes in Sedona
- Petrified Forest National Park Guide
If you are heading east or continuing on from your Arizona Utah road trip through Nevada and California, here are a few locations I recommend stopping by.
- Las Vegas, NV
- Death Valley National Park
- Joshua Tree National Park