This November in Southern Utah the weather is mild, and the sun is shinning. If you can get away for a few days, here is the Lodge at Red River Ranch’s itinerary for a fall mini-vacation. This circular route will give you a good taste of Southern Utah’s beauty.
If you live in the Salt Lake area, we suggest you make the drive to Zion National Park. A fee is required for vehicles and pedestrians entering the park. If you have a limited amount of time, it is best to stop at the Visitor Center first. The park rangers can tell you which trails or scenic areas are recommended for a quick visit. Be sure to take the bus up Zion Canyon.
If you want to experience more of the great scenery in Southern Utah, head to Bryce Canyon National Park. An entrance fee is required here too. Take the time to hike among the hoodoos.
Grand Staircase National Monument is only a few hours from Bryce. This is an exceptional drive, voted the number one scenic road in Utah. Highway 12 connects Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef National Park. (Our favorite park in Utah.)
Again, it’s a good idea to stop by the Visitor Center first and talk to the rangers about the best sites to see. There are many quick hikes off the main road, which give you a feel for the area in a short amount of time. Unlike Zion National Park, there is no fee to visit Capitol Reef National Park.
When you have finished exploring Capitol Reef, you can take the road to Moab.
Moab is known as ‘”Utah’s Playground.” You have easy access to hundreds of miles of open trails and off-road courses. Arches National Park is also nearby, with it iconic scenery. When you’ve crammed in all the fun you can, it’s time to head back to Salt Lake.
The whole trip should take about four days, and will open up an incredible amount of scenery. But be warned, you’ll be back for more.