Grand Circle Itinerary (11 Days)

This itinerary covered a week-and-a-half of touring what I called the Grand Circle, which was basically the natural attractions that covered Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. I've seen recent ad campaigns refer to the National Parks in this region as the "Mighty 5" as it encompassed the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, and Arches, but we covered quite a bit more beyond the National Parks on this trip. Julie and I were accompanied by another couple, which made for a fun trip. However, in order to accomplish what you're seeing below, I started with an itinerary similar to this, but the reality of the Summer conditions and our energy levels dictated that we had to scale back some of the pre-trip expectations (e.g. Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef, Toroweap in Grand Canyon, the full Zion Narrows, and Upper Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase were all nixed). Nevertheless, we still accomplished quite a bit given the limits we had to deal with...

Day Overnight Activity
1 Springdale, UT
Bumbleberry Inn
Car Rental Pickup, Kolob Finger Canyons
2 Springdale, UT
Bumbleberry Inn
Zion Narrows Waterfalls, Emerald Pools
3 Escalante, UT
Escalante Bed and Breakfast
Checkerboard Mesa, Bryce Canyon Overlooks, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Grosvenor Arch
4 Moab, UT
Adventure Inn
Lower Calf Creek Falls, Chimney Rock (Capitol Reef), Grand Wash (Capitol Reef), Balanced Rock (Arches), The Spectacles (Arches)
5 Moab, UT
Adventure Inn
The Gossips (Arches), Turret Arch (Arches), Devil's Garden Trail (Arches), Delicate Arch (Arches)
6 Moab, UT
Adventure Inn
Mesa Arch (Canyonlands), Dead Horse Point, Fisher Towers, Castleton Rock
7 Mexican Hat, UT
San Juan Inn
Wilson Arch, Needles Overlook, Church Rock, Natural Bridges National Monument, Valley of the Gods, Goosenecks State Park, Mexican Hat Rock, Monument Valley
8 Page, AZ
Days Inn Lake Powell
Monument Valley Backcountry Tour, Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend
9 Page, AZ
Days Inn Lake Powell
Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Lake Powell Dam
10 Las Vegas, NV
Cliff Dwellers, Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge, Angel's Window, Wotan's Throne
11 Home Car Rental Return

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