First of all, Thank You to the TripAdvisor members who gave us some great advice for our trip. I have to mention that we didn’t follow all of the advice - we know what works for us - and our trip wouldn’t work for everyone… but it did for us. We had a great time!
It was just my husband and myself on this trip. Our plans were to run a marathon (just him!), see the beauty of Utah (including hiking in the parks), and end up in Las Vegas. We did it all in 10 days/9 nights and had long, wonderful days each day with little time for rest. We were discussing whether our children (now adults) would have enjoyed this trip - either as kids or adults… and decided they would not!
We started in Salt Lake City and rented a car for the duration of our trip. Since we dropped the car off in Las Vegas, we had a LARGE drop off fee - but we were expecting that and decided it was the best route for us anyway. We booked all of our Utah hotels ahead of time but saved the Las Vegas hotel for a “Hotel Tonight” last minute booking and it paid off. We had never tried that before and would only use that app in a large city with lots of hotels.
We knew we were going to have a lot of driving on the trip - but planned it well. We had a fairly detailed plan for when we’d be driving and had a general idea of which hikes would work for us.
Our overall itinerary was as follows:
Arches for Sunset Saturday
Arches/Canyonlands on Sunday
Driving Day on Monday ending up at Bryce
Bryce on Tuesday ending up in Zion on Tuesday night
Wednesday and Thursday at Zion
Las Vegas on Thursday night through Saturday afternoon
We hiked a total of 43 miles between Saturday night and Thursday. We probably “hiked” another 5 miles in Las Vegas but I didn’t count that!
The details are below.