Sometimes roads take you from point A to point B. In Utah, the road is also the point. Visit Utah has curated these seven adventurous road trips from Utah’s 2,200 miles of scenic byways to help you make the most of the season. For a long weekend (or mid-week escape if you prefer), here are three- and four-day itineraries to hit the open road and get out of the car to explore.
Drive an impossibly beautiful road built by humans through divine lands. Scenic Byway 12 is a truly bucket-list drive.
Highlights: Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef national parks, Kodachrome Basin and Escalante Petrified Forest state parks, Calf Creek Falls
Location: Southern Utah
Start From: Panguitch or Torrey
Known widely for impressive canyons and imaginative hoodoos, southwest Utah also astonishes with diverse beauty among lesser-known red rock landscapes that are beyond compare.
Highlights: Snow Canyon State Park, Zion–Mt. Carmel Tunnel on S.R. 9, Capitol Reef, Kolob Canyons
Location: Southwest Utah
Start From: St. George
Visit iconic and introspective places on roads that intersect with prehistory and monumental formations.
Highlights: Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Location: Southeast Utah/Four Corners Region
Start From: Monticello/Canyonlands National Park
Get to know Moab like a local by hiking, biking, eating and stargazing away your days; share epic tales of your experiences.
Highlights: Arches and Canyonlands national parks, Dead Horse Point State Park, Colorado River rafting, Moab dining
Location: Southeast Utah
Start From: Moab (adventure basecamp)
See dinosaurs, goblins and the petroglyphs of the “World’s Longest Art Gallery” in a rugged and beautiful place.
Highlights: Nine Mile Canyon, Goblin Valley State Park, San Rafael Swell
Location: Central Utah
Start From: Price (adventure basecamp)
Uncover the best of the Wasatch Range by boat, paddle, car and rail. Beautiful no matter the season but especially stunning during the fall.
Highlights: Wasatch Mountain State Park, Jordanelle Reservoir, Devil’s Kitchen on Mt. Nebo Scenic Byway, Timpanogos Cave National Monument.
Location: Northern Utah/Wasatch Mountains
Start From: Salt Lake City, Provo, Park City or Heber
Join the flock: the season is ripe for outdoor adventure and tranquil retreats in Northern Utah.
Highlights: Salt Lake City, Historic Fruit Way, Willard Bay, Golden Spike, Logan Canyon, Bear Lake, Ogden Valley
Location: Top of Utah
Start From: Salt Lake City, Ogden, Brigham City or Logan