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7 Day Road Trip From Los Angeles to Utah: Excitedly Exploring 5 National and State Parks

Embarking on a road trip is more than just a journey; it’s an adventure that unfolds with every mile. Our latest escapade? A 7 day road trip from Los Angeles to Utah, spanning over 1250 miles to explore some of the most breathtaking natural wonders in the United States. Our itinerary included 3 National Parks, 2 State Parks, and 1 National Monument. Here’s how we conquered this memorable journey:

Day 1 & 2: AutoCamp Zion and Zion National Park

Our 7 Day Road Trip from Los Angeles to Utah adventure began with a drive towards Utah, where we set up base at AutoCamp Zion. The unique “glamping” experience here blends luxury with nature, setting the perfect tone for our visit to Zion National Park. Zion’s towering cliffs and river-carved canyons are a hiker’s paradise. We trekked the famous riverwalk to the Narrows and gazed in awe at the imposing beauty of Angel’s Landing. The wait for the shuttle was not a highlight but it was easily forgettable as we drove through the breath-taking tunnel in Zion.

7 Day Road Trip from Los Angeles to Utah starting in Zion

Day 3: Escalante and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Next, we headed to Escalante, a gateway to the rugged and beautiful Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This expansive area of raw and rugged wilderness captivated us with its vast array of geological formations, slot canyons, and prehistoric sites. We hiked through some lesser-known trails, each turn presenting us with vistas that were simply out of this world. This marked the halfway point of our 7 day road trip from Los Angeles to Utah, and it was time reflect on where we’ve been and what we’ve seen.

7 Day Road Trip from Los Angeles to Utah visiting Escalante

Day 4 & 5: Bryce Canyon National Park

Onward to Bryce Canyon National Park, renowned for its hoodoos – unique rock formations that create a sea of spires in the heart of the desert. We spent two days here, enough to marvel at the sunrise over Bryce Amphitheater and venture into the depths of the canyon. The experience was surreal, walking among formations that seemed like they belonged on another planet. Bryce Canyon was by far the most memorable part of our trip, far exceeding my expectations especially in the Winter with the light snow dusting.

7 Day Road Trip from Los Angeles to Utah visiting Bryce Canyon

Day 6: Valley of Fire State Park

As we made our way back to California, we stopped at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. Its landscape, shaped by wind and water over millennia, is known for vibrant red sandstone formations that truly make you feel like you’re walking through a valley on fire. The ancient petroglyphs added a touch of mysticism to our visit.

Stop by Valley of Fire

Day 7: Death Valley National Park

Our final stop was Death Valley National Park in California. Known for its extremes, Death Valley surprised us with its diverse landscapes – from salt flats to sand dunes, and from badlands to mountains. It was great to visit Death Valley National Park in the winter where it was in the mid 50’s but I couldn’t imagine going in the late spring and definitely not summer time.

Ending in Death Valley

Concluding our 7 Day Road Trip from Los Angeles to Utah

This 7-day road trip from Los Angeles to Utah and back was more than just a travel itinerary; it was a voyage of discovery, not just of the land but also within ourselves. Each park had its own unique allure, teaching us lessons in nature’s resilience and beauty. It’s definitely amazing to see the beauty of United States of America has to offer, especially with our tax dollars put to work to preserve these national treasures. More can/should be done to keep these parks as pristine as possible.

If you’re planning a road trip to explore the wonders of the American Southwest, our journey is a testament to the awe-inspiring experiences that await you. Pack your bags, hit the road, and let the adventure begin! If you have any questions or comments leave them below.

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