6 Epic Stops on a Road Trip through Utah and Arizona
The states of Utah and Arizona have so much beauty it’s mind blowing. The border of Southern Utah and Arizona alone offer SO many unique and jaw dropping stops that we planned an entire ten day road trip to visit just the border towns. You can see all these attractions in 3-4 days but we wanted to spread them out to really enjoy being in each place. These places are all relatively close to each other so it’s very possible to hit them all or you can pick and choose which ones work best with your schedule and location. In this guide I outline the top 6 must see stops on a road trip through Utah and Arizona.
Utah: Discover Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon in Kanab
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon in Kanab remains a somewhat hidden gem. This slot canyon look VERY similar to the ever famous Antelope Canyon in Arizona but with way less people and unlimited time in the canyon it’s worth the extra drive time. When we went in the middle of summer we were the only ones in the slot canyon and that says a lot considering summer time is their high season. We got to pose, take pictures, and learn about the history of the slot canyon. It is rather difficult to get to this canyon especially if you’re not an experienced off roader. We used a tour company that was the most affordable tour company that we could find and their customer service was incredible. Find them here.
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Arizona: Gaze at Horse Shoe Bend in Page
Located in Paige, Arizona right off highway 89 this is a fairly quick stop. The parking lot fills up fast during peak season so make sure to plan for a little extra time to find a parking spot especially if you’re hoping to be there for sunset. There is a $10 parking fee per vehicle and a half mile easy hike and well marked trail down to the bend. If you’re going in the summer season know that it gets really hot so be sure to pack the essentials. There is barely any guard rails protecting you from the edge of cliff so use extreme caution especially if you’ve brought kids along.
Utah: Explore Zion National Park in Springdale
I could go on an on about Zion National Park. It is one of the most visited national parks in the US for good reason. The towering red rocks are jaw dropping and magnificent. Some of the best things to see in Zion are technically outside of the park so make sure you have enough time to fully explore it. If you only have a limited amount of time in the park I highly recommend the Canyon Over Look Trail which is a great alternative to Angel’s Landing.
Utah: Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Located in Kanab Utah, The Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park is the perfect place to spend the day. Hike down into a coral sea of pink hues and go sand surfing, sledding, or book an atv tour. If possible try to visit in the cooler months as the temps warm up quickly and make the sand pretty hot. Make sure to pack everything you need and plenty of water. We spent hours running up the sand dunes and sledding down. There are multiple sized dunes so everyone can find the size that best suites them. Don’t let these dunes fool you, they’re harder to climb up than you think which is perfect to wear out any little travelers that you may have with you.
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Arizona: North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park
Driving down from the norther point of the state gives you an advantage most people don’t get; the opportunity to visit the north rim of The Grand Canyon Nation Park. The North Rim is way less crowded than the south rim, in the off season you can grab a mule ride with no issues, it is cooler in the summer time, and depending on who you ask; it’s prettier. Where as the south rim is mostly desert, the North rim feels like you’re driving through the mountains until you suddenly arrive at the edge of a cliff. We saw wild buffalo and greenery the entire drive which was mind blowing because we did not expect that kind of scenery driving into the Grand Canyon. I highly recommend hiking the Bright Angel Point Trail for absolutely stunning views of this iconic park.
Lake Powell on the Arizona/Utah Border
To round out the perfect Utah and Arizona road trip we can’t forget Lake Powell. We visited Lone Rock Beach at Lake Powell which is a free to camp beach. We arrived just as the sun was setting and the beach really started to liven up. People were swimming, boating, riding atv’s, paddle boarding, roasting marshmallows, and having a great time. The kids immediately jumped in the water and started swimming, we started a beach bonfire, roasted smores, cooked our dinner, watched the stars come out and then the meteor show that capped the night off. This was our absolute favorite stop of the trip because it was such a relaxed care free time. We want to plan another trip to visit Lake Powell because it was just that good.
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