12 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

12 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Aspen
— 3 nights
2
Moab
— 2 nights
3
Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
4
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
5
Zion National Park
— 1 night


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3
nights
Aspen

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs), River Rafting & Tubing (in Buena Vista) and Carbondale Public Art (in Carbondale). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and cruise along Independence Pass.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Aspen trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Milwaukee to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Milwaukee to Aspen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milwaukee in July, expect little chillier with lows of °F in Aspen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, River Rafting & Tubing, Carbondale Public Art
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River Rafting & Tubing
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, thenexplore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Double Arch and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park.

Before you visit Moab, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Moab takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or fly. In July, Moab is a bit warmer than Aspen - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Double Arch
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Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Off-Road Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, and then explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Assembly Hall, get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Salt Lake City holiday website.

Traveling by car from Moab to Salt Lake City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon
The Tabernacle ©
The Tabernacle

1
night
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 22nd (Wed), get great views at Paria View, thentake some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, thenhike along Navajo Loop Trail, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park day trip planner.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in July: highs in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point

1
night
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): trek along Angel's Landing and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

Planning Zion National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in July, expect Zion National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

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