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.
Utah National Parks Road Trip Itinerary Day 1: Arrive in Zion National Park & Hike Angels Landing. Day 2: Explore the Narrows in Zion National Park . Day 3: Hike Observation Point in Zion National Park . Day 4: Explore Bryce Canyon National Park . Day 5: Head to Escalante National Monument for some Hiking.
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.
Spring and fall have the more moderate weather and might be the best time to visit Zion. April and May and September and October are usually warm and sunny with highs between 60 and 90 degrees on average.
While Arches is very similar to Bryce Canyon in outdoor activities, Arches will be a better destination for most mountain bikers and four wheel-drive enthusiasts. Arches is a little dryer climate and does not have near the water (lake, ponds, reservoirs) it does have the Colorado river just a stone throw away.
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 .
The best place to stay to visit both – Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge United States. Utah (UT) Mount Carmel. Mount Carmel Hotels. Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge .
The Zion -Mount Carmel Highway is a must- drive ! This is the only road visitors are allowed to drive on between March and the end of October.