Fly to Las Vegas, transfer to a hotel for an overnight stay.
Drive to Zion National Park. Collect your motorhome and start your three hour drive North on Interstate 15. An exciting afternoon awaits in Zion National Park! Stop off at the charming little town of Springdale for lunch, before heading into the park. On arrival, go to the visitor centre to find out about short walks to explore for the remainder of your day.
Take the tram along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and explore to the extreme, walking high up the plateaus and down along the river-bed. The Angels Landing route is a strenuous six mile hike high on the canyon walls… not for the faint-hearted. Or for another vantage point try Upper Emerald Pools trail, a moderate hike above the waterfalls and the Virgin River below. Drop in at one of the adventure outfitters in Springdale to hire the equipment you need to hike The Narrows, a slot canyon along the bed of the Virgin River, with cliff walls up to 2,000-ft deep and running for 16 miles. Go as far as you like before heading back.
Drive to Bryce Canyon. Head East on Highway 9 along the incredible Zion Mt Carmel Highway, meandering through the rocky hillside with spectacular views. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the route so allow extra time for multiple stops. Motorhomes can pass through the tunnel after 8am at a fee of $15 per vehicle. Upon reaching Bryce National Park, explore one of the world’s largest collections of hoodoos and spot the ancient Bristlecone Pine. Descend into the canyon on The Queens Garden trail then take the Navajo Loop back to Sunset Point. Horse rides are available on certain trails. Bryce National Park, although not an International Dark Sky Park, is still a sanctuary of natural darkness so spend an evening admiring the stars on one of the ranger led astronomy programmes.
Drive to Escalante. Get an early start to catch the beautiful sunrise over the park before heading to the road to experience some of Utah’s most spectacular scenery on Scenic Byway 12. Take some time to explore Kodachrome Basin State Park (more than 60 upright chimneys called sand pipes, ranging from six to 170-ft) and Powell Overlook (at an elevation of 10,188-ft above) before stopping for lunch in the town of Escalante. For the afternoon visit Escalante Petrified Forest State Park (one of Utah’s most accessible displays of petrified wood) or an escorted hike to the Grand Staircase of Escalante.
Drive to Torrey. Today is all about the leisurely drive and admiring the scenery along Scenic Byway 12. Suggested stops include: Calf Creek Recreation Area (Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail is a moderately strenuous hike to a stunning 126-ft waterfall); Anasazi State Park Museum (with some easy trails to the old settlement ruins) and Homestead Overlook (dramatic panoramic views from 9,400ft) before reaching the town of Torrey, your base to explore Capitol Reef National Park.
Capitol Reef National Park is the most expansive park in Utah. Due to the sheer size of Capitol Reef, it can take a little more time to explore, but the variety of natural bridges and narrow canyons will leave you amazed. Drive along the 25-mile Capitol Reef Scenic Drive, it is a great way to soak in the natural beauty. Depending on the time of year, experience harvest at the fruit orchards just inside the park and pick your own cherries, apricots, peaches, apples and pears.
Drive to Goblin Valley State Park. Goblin Valley State Park is a maze of miniature hoodoos. The Three Sisters trail is relatively easy, heading around the red-rock walls into the open. Or try canyoneering with a guide in the Goblins Lair, a fun and challenging route where you drop 90-ft into the huge cave.
Drive to Moab to explore both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Arches National Park is a wonderland of over 2,000 natural stone arches. Have fun spotting smaller hidden arches and admire the scenery which is a photographers dream. Delicate Arch is a must see; it frames a backdrop of mesas, canyons and distant mountains. Get up-close and personal by taking the three mile roundtrip hike to it from Wolfe Ranch with some off-trail hiking. Or walk to Double Arch and the North/South Arches in around 40 minutes at The Windows section. Alternatively stay with your RV, using the 18 mile main road and stop at the various viewpoints to take in the incredible scenery. Still feeling energetic? Then take a 4x4 sunset tour from Moab, known as the adventure capital of Utah.
Canyonlands, Utah’s largest National Park has three sections: Island in the Sky (an easy walk is to Mesa Arch, a natural frame to the canyon below); Needles District (strenuous hikes with over 60 miles of interconnecting trails) and The Maze. Numerous viewpoints highlight stops for photograph opportunities. Just north of the park is Dead Horse Point State Park with panoramic views over the Colorado River.
Drive to Monument Valley. Head South on Highway 191. Detour West on Highway 95 to visit Natural Bridges National Monument, or head East on Highway 262 to Hovenweep National Momument. Bluff is a popular town to stop for a break or lunch, before heading via Goosenecks State Park on the way to Monument Valley.
Once you reach Monument Valley, explore the 17-mile scenic drive on a guided jeep tour, or get up close and personal with this natural wonder by hiking or horse riding through the valley. Half day and full day tours are also on offer, narrated by Navajo guides, with the dramatically beautiful sunrise or sunset emphasizing the rich colours of the desert.
Drive to Kanab. Straddle the border with a drive through Arizona’s Navajo Tribal Lands on the way to the Northern part of Lake Powell. Hike the red rocks for picture perfect scenery, swim the water’s edge of the man-made beaches or take a boat trip to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, the tallest natural arch in the world. Drive on to the quintessentially American West town of Kanab for lunch, followed by a stroll down Main Street to soak up the movie heritage and spot the autographed film star posters. Visit the abandoned movie sets and Little Hollywood Museum before driving 30 minutes West to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park where you can leave footprints in the sand and memories in your heart.
Drive to Las Vegas. Finish your road trip with a memorable day exploring the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, before returning to Las Vegas for your final night stay.
Return your motorhome in the morning and make your way to the airport for your return flight to the UK. If you have time why not extend your stay in Las Vegas and spend some time exploring this amazing and unique city?