The Mighty 5 Arches National Park . Moab, UT. Bryce Canyon National Park . Bryce , UT. Canyonlands National Park . Moab, UT. Capitol Reef National Park . Torrey, UT. Zion National Park . Springdale, UT.
Zion National Park
Both of these Parks offer great outdoor activities for all ages. For canyoneering and rappelling, Zion beats Bryce . You’ll find world-class hiking in either Park , but in Zion you can find yourself hiking through streams or on sandstone ledges, like Angels Landing – one of the scariest hikes in the world!
Moderate crowds and temperatures in April–May and September–October make these months the best time to visit Utah and its national parks . Spring boasts active wildlife and blooming flowers. Pleasant fall wraps Utah in colorful foliage along the scenic drives.
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
Anyway, Glacier has the edge for hiking spectacular alpine scenery; Yellowstone , in addition to the unique thermal features has some really nice scenery of its own, and is probably the single best place to view wildlife in North America. You decide. If you can only see one park , see Yellowstone .
Yosemite is much more crowded, but much more accessible, while Yellowstone has a feeling of wide open space with lots of driving. You will very likely see some deer and could see bear, although I have been to Yosemite 9 or 10 times and never seen a bear there.
Canyonlands National Park
Zion is just as beautiful, more accessible and less crowded much of the year than the Grand Canyon , where the rim walking paths and the main trails into the canyon can be packed with people during peak travel seasons. You won’t need your car much, either.
Featured Lodging Ruby’s Inn at Bryce Canyon. Lodging , camping, RV and adventures at entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park . Red Mountain Resort near Zion. Lodging and custom adventures near Zion and Snow Canyon. Broken Spur Inn near entrance to Capitol Reef. Lodging , pool, and steakhouse near Capitol Reef National Park .
about 160 miles
Allow at least one day each for Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion. Look for lodging in the park for Zion and Bryce and in Moab for Arches and Canyonlands, and in Torrey for Capitol Reef.
Yes Capitol Reef is worth seeing . And going this route would not be a detour,its on the way. You can drive thru Capitol Gorge in the park and do the short walk to Pioneer Registry. There are also some nice orchards there where you can pick fruit if its in season.
While you can only drive through Zion Canyon in your own car a few months out of the year, you can always drive the Mount Carmel Highway. This 12-mile highway connects the south and east entrances of Zion National Park , and driving it is an experience in itself. Make sure to allow extra time for this drive .