Road tripping through Utah is remarkable for the tremendous diversity of scenic grandeur on display, as well as for the way Utah stands out culturally from its neighbours in the American West. Each journey is a photographer’s paradise, a hiker’s nirvana, a Western historian’s feast, and a geologist’s ultimate dream world. And much of what Utah has to offer is just waiting to be enjoyed through the lens of a favourite American pastime: the road trip.
But in a wonderland so vast, how do you maximise your time, choose the best routes, and avoid riding by some of the most fascinating natural and cultural attractions in Utah that might be hidden just off the road?
To help in your quest, we’ve pulled together guides and information to the network of scenic roads that wind their way through Utah’s diverse landscapes, including the must-do scenic road trips through our most popular destination and our Top 10 Undiscovered Road Trips. While many of our must-do road trip itineraries and roads less travelled do include portions of — or entire — designated scenic byways, we also have a catalog of our designated scenic byways with links to google maps of the routes. In fact, there are 27 designated scenic byways in our route inventory. That means no matter where your compass in pointing, when you plan a Utah road trip, you’re bound to encounter our most photo-worthy rides.
So pack some snacks, bring your binoculars, plan some spectacular stops and get ready to write your own story about these scenic road trips along the highways and backways that traverse the state. Your Utah road trip is about to begin.
Five national parks, one iconic American road trip
Southern Utah. Home to Utah’s Mighty Five® national parks and connected by some of the most scenic byways and backways in the country. These roads curve through lush valleys, roll across red rock domes, and climb mountains of pinyon, juniper and pine. Most importantly, these roads take you places. To places of quiet solitude, staggering beauty or high adventure.
Start planning your next road trip using the itineraries below or create your own perfect Utah adventure road trip. Some highlights to whet your vacation appetite include a Navajo Tribal Park safari, tours of Devils Garden at Arches National Park, climbing in Zion or finding the perfect photo op at Kodachrome Basin State Park at sunset.
Southern Dinos and Goblins 4 days
Hidden Secrets 6 Days
The Mighty 5: Ultimate Journey 10 Days