Utah’s Mighty 5: Road Trip Guide to Staying at Under Canvas Locations

Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks, namely Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion, are an absolute must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts. These parks boast some of the most striking landscapes in the world, making them the perfect destination for an unforgettable road trip where you can hit them all. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, luxury glamping accommodations located near these parks offer the perfect retreat. To help you make the most of your national park experience, we’ll take care of planning your activities so you can fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the parks stress-free. Here’s our guide to the ultimate national park road trip in Utah.

The Ultimate Utah National Parks Road Trip Itinerary

Embark on an epic 900-mile journey from Zion to Arches, where you’ll witness breathtaking scenery, conquer iconic hiking trails, and find endless adventure opportunities. Although this trip can be done in reverse, most road trippers prefer to start in Las Vegas and rent a car from there. With seven days at your disposal, you can spend one day in each of the national parks, with travel days at the beginning and end of your journey. But, if you have the luxury of extra time, we encourage you to delve deeper into these awe-inspiring parks. And remember, purchasing a National Park Pass is a smart way to save money if you’re visiting multiple parks.

  • Day 1: Arrive in Springdale, Utah
    • Accommodations: Under Canvas Zion
  • Day 2: Zion National Park
    • Accommodations: Under Canvas Zion
  • Day 3: Bryce Canyon National Park
    • Accommodations: Under Canvas Bryce Canyon
  • Day 4: Capitol Reef National Park
    • Accommodations: Under Canvas Bryce Canyon
  • Day 5: Canyonlands National Park
    • Accommodations: Under Canvas Moab or ULUM Moab
  • Day 6: Arches National Park
    • Accommodations: Under Canvas Moab or ULUM Moab
  • Day 7: Depart Moab to return home

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is the first stop on our journey. This park is known for its unique rock formations, slot canyons, and challenging hikes. Zion’s top experiences include hiking Angels Landing, Observation Point, Hidden Canyon, Riverside Trail, Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, and Canyon Overlook. However, if you plan to hike bucket list-worthy trails like Angels Landing or the Zion Narrows, it’s best to start first thing in the morning to avoid crowds. Opt for a shorter hike in the afternoon, such as the Canyon Overlook Trail or Emerald Pools.

Where to Stay Near Zion National Park

Under Canvas Zion is located just 20-miles from the entrance to Zion National Park and the charming town of Springdale. Unwind beneath wide-open desert skies in a haven of solitude surrounded by views of soaring sandstone cliffs and majestic red rock. Consider an expertly guided hiking tour to make the most of your time on the trails—our Adventure Concierge can make the arrangements for you after booking your stay.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Marvel at the grandeur of Bryce Canyon National Park, renowned for its extensive range of vivid orange hoodoos, sandstone pillars, and rock formations. Discover the park’s most stunning viewpoints like Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point, Bryce Point, Queens Garden, Navajo Loop, Rainbow Point, and Yovimpa Point, all visible from the 38-mile scenic drive. Plan to spend at least three hours exploring the 13 viewpoints and admiring the breathtaking vistas along the rim. Let someone else do the driving and book a private scenic driving tour to see the best of Bryce. Or, if you’re up for a hike, hit the trails to get a closer look at the spellbinding scenery. The Queen’s Garden and Navajo Loop, a 3-mile hike, features some of the park’s most remarkable sights, while the Fairyland Loop Trail, an eight-mile strenuous hike, offers awe-inspiring views. With its higher altitude of 8,000 to 9,000-feet, Bryce Canyon feels cooler than other parks in Utah, making it an excellent destination for longer trail hikes.

Where to Stay Near Bryce Canyon National Park

Located just 15-minutes from Bryce Canyon National Park, Under Canvas Bryce Canyon offers expansive views and upscale amenities for a comfortable and relaxing stay in the heart of nature. Settle into your safari-style tent, where you’ll stay for two nights.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is a lesser-known gem in Utah’s Mighty 5, offering unique geological formations, ancient rock art, and stunning landscapes. Start with a 16-mile scenic drive along Utah State Route 24, which passes through the park and offers spectacular views of the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile-long ripple in the earth’s crust. See ancient rock art at the Petroglyph Panel in the Capitol Gorge area. These petroglyphs date back over 1,000 years and offer a glimpse into the lives of the people who lived in the area long ago. Then visit the Fruita Historic District, a charming orchard town that was settled in the late 1800s. Here, you can pick fresh fruit during the growing season, visit the Gifford Homestead Museum, and enjoy a slice of pie at the historic Gifford House.

Where to Stay Near Capitol Reef National Park

After a day of adventure, return to the comfort and style of your luxury accommodations at Under Canvas Bryce Canyon. Sit by the cozy campfire and indulge in some delicious marshmallows while admiring the breathtaking night sky full of stars.

Canyonlands National Park

Start your day at Canyonlands early by catching the sunrise at the iconic Mesa Arch in the Island in the Sky district. After taking in the stunning views, head to Grand View Point, Buck Canyon Overlook, and Shafer Canyon Viewpoint to see the sprawling canyons and mesas from different perspectives. For a unique experience, hike the Upheaval Dome trail and explore a geological mystery that still puzzles scientists. After lunch, drive to The Needles district and tackle the moderate Druid Hill hike to marvel at the towering sandstone spires. If you have time, take a scenic drive on the White Rim Road for breathtaking views of the park’s rugged beauty. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or want to admire the stunning scenery, a day in Canyonlands National Park is an unforgettable adventure.

Where to Stay Near Canyonlands National Park

Nestled in Utah’s Canyon Country, Under Canvas Moab is located just 7-miles north of Moab, near the famous Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, two world-class destinations for climbing, mountain biking, and hiking right at your doorstep. For a more elevated experience, consider staying at ULUM Moab, where you can indulge in stunning views of Looking Glass Arch and nearby Canyonlands, enjoy full-service dining, and soak in a hot or cool dipping pool.

Arches National Park

Start your day driving the Arches Scenic Drive, where you’ll see many arches and unique rock formations, including the famous Balanced Rock and Double Arch. Be sure to stop at the Park Avenue Viewpoint, where you’ll see stunning rock formations resembling skyscrapers. Next, head to the Windows Section to explore the North and South Windows and Turret Arch. With over 2,000 documented arches, there’s so much to see! End your day at Arches with a breathtaking sunset at the iconic Delicate Arch, the symbol of Utah.

Where to Stay Near Arches National Park

Extend your stay at Under Canvas Moab, just 10-minutes from the entrance to Arches National Park, or at ULUM Moab, just 40-minutes from Arches.

Bonus: Lake Powell

Extend your Utah adventure and explore Lake Powell for a couple of days, where the breathtaking beauty of the state extends beyond the Mighty 5. Once you’ve explored the natural wonders of Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef, continue south to the Utah and Arizona border to indulge in a rejuvenating experience on the waters of Lake Powell. Glide past towering canyon walls on a private boat tour and hike to the picturesque Horseshoe Bend. With 2,000 miles of shoreline and crystal-clear waters, Lake Powell is a paradise for boating, fishing, swimming, and water sports.

Where to Stay Near Lake Powell

Only a 10-minute drive to Lone Rock Beach and just 14-miles from the main Lake Powell Marina, let Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase be your hub for adventure. Spend your nights in comfort and style, enjoying stunning sunsets and stargazing under the pristine desert skies.


Experience Utah’s natural beauty in comfort and style with Under Canvas, the perfect accommodation for your Utah road trip. From Zion to Moab, our glamping sites are located near the state’s top outdoor destinations, so you can easily explore Utah’s most awe-inspiring sights. Our team of experts takes care of all the planning so that you can focus on enjoying the great outdoors without sacrificing the comforts of home. Unwind in our luxurious tents, which are fully equipped with plush bedding and hotel amenities, and connect with loved ones around the fire pit. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, Under Canvas has you covered.

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