exploring the national parks of Utah & Arizona

Exploring the National Parks of Utah and Arizona had been on my bucket list for years. So when we had the opportunity to take a Southwest road trip,  we were ecstatic.  This wouldn’t be just any regular road trip but an RV road trip! Here’s our Southwest road trip itinerary along with RV rental details.


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Our Southwest road trip itinerary exploring The National Parks of Utah and Arizona included Zion National Park, Bryce Canon, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon South Rim and Sedona. Based on this we felt Las Vegas was the best city to start our Southwest road trip.

We went our Southwest RV Road Trip the week of Thanksgiving and found pros and cons of traveling this time of year. We avoided the burning sun and heat of summer but we had to really bundle up because of the cold weather in Bryce Canyon and our second day in the Grand Canyon.

What’s The Best Time of Year for a Southwest Road Trip?

We took a Lyft from our hotel to pick up our RV rental. The person we rented it from gave us a thorough walk through and explained everything we needed to know. Our RV had a fridge, freezer, 3-burner stove and a dual microwave/convection oven.

Day One: RV Rental Pick Up


While you can walk from Sunrise Point to Sunset Point we opted to skip it. Instead we visited closer to the sunset and I’m glad we did. The way the sun hits the Canyon at that time is magnificent and I completely understand why they call it Sunset Point!

Day Two: Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon



Day Three: Bryce Canyon to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

You can only visit Antelope Canyon through a guided tour as the canyons are on tribal land. We chose to visit the upper canyon and there are plenty of Upper Antelope Canyon Tours to choose from. Read more about our 8-day Southwest road trip below.

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