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A Few Pics from Our Trip to The "Mighty 5" National Parks in Utah
Just returned from our trip to Utah to visit the "Mighty 5" National Parks. I took a ridiculous amount of pictures but these are a few of my favorites, although really difficult to pick a few to share. I would have to say that this area exceeded even my wildest expectations and is the most beautiful area I have ever seen. I can't wait to return again sometime soon.

Arches National Park

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Canyonlands National Park


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Capitol Reef National Park


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Bryce Canyon National Park


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Zion National Park


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re: A Few Pics from Our Trip to The "Mighty 5" National Parks in Utah
Looks like you had a good trip


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SaDaTayMoses
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daymn! nice pics


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mydougie89
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re: A Few Pics from Our Trip to The "Mighty 5" National Parks in Utah
Returning home now from this trip. Only did 4 days so hit bryce, zion, lake powell and horseshoe bend. Stinks angels landing and antelope canyon wasn't open but definitely seemed less crowded due to covid. Still can't get over all the views. Breathtaking.


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If you ever do angels landing start early. I attempted it 3 years ago and the amount of people trying to get out to the point was crazy. I really don't know how more people do not die on that hike. It is sketchy AF


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lsualum98
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re: A Few Pics from Our Trip to The "Mighty 5" National Parks in Utah
Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing!


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Cash
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re: A Few Pics from Our Trip to The "Mighty 5" National Parks in Utah
Which was your favorite?


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Which was your favorite?


Zion was the most beautiful but more difficult to navigate and access due to more people.

Honestly it's really difficult to pick just one because they were all so different and awesome in their own way.


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Nole Man
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re: A Few Pics from Our Trip to The "Mighty 5" National Parks in Utah
Amazing shots! Thanks.

We've been looking at that. Where are some place you'd recommend staying? No clue in that area.


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We've been looking at that. Where are some place you'd recommend staying? No clue in that area


We stayed a few nights in Moab for easy access to Arches and Canyonlands.

Spent a night in Torrey, UT for Capitol Reef. Bryce is about 2 hours away so you could hit either if you wanted to stay near one or the other.

We actually went on to Springdale, UT which is right next to Zion and then drove a couple hours over to Bryce from there.


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re: A Few Pics from Our Trip to The "Mighty 5" National Parks in Utah
Heading out there next week. How was using the shuttle in Zion with the tickets?


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Heading out there next week. How was using the shuttle in Zion with the tickets?


Shuttle was service was easy. We had the 8-9 am time slot and we were able to easily find parking at the visitor center. If you're arriving later than that you may have issues.

Shuttles offered plenty of space and most everyone was wearing a mask if you're interested in that sort of thing. The town of Springdale also implemented a city wide mask policy for all businesses that started a couple of days ago.


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re: A Few Pics from Our Trip to The "Mighty 5" National Parks in Utah
How many days did you spend in Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capital Reef? What would you change if anything? I have done Arches and Canyonlands previously.


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How many days did you spend in Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capital Reef? What would you change if anything? I have done Arches and Canyonlands previously.



Here is a general recap of what we did.

Friday June 26th - Flew into Las Vegas and drove to Moab, Utah. It's about a 6 hour drive but grinding this out on the first day makes for much easier drives the rest of the trip. From Moab you have easy access to Arches National Park and Canyonlands.

Saturday, June 27th - 1/2 Day Jeep Tour in Canyonlands & 1/2 Day Family Float Trip. We did this through Adrift Adventures. LINK

I very much enjoyed the Jeep tour. The float trip was exactly that, just a float, because of how young the kids are. There is more adventurous rafting you can take in if you have an older group. It was still very nice and scenic.

Sunday, June 28th - Arches National Park

Monday, June 29th - Canyonlands National Park and then drove to Torrey, Utah to spend the night. About a 2 to 2.5 hour drive if I remember correctly.

Tuesday, June 30th - Capitol Reef National Park and then drove 3 hours to Springdale, Utah. We hit Bryce Canyon National Park the next day. If I were to do anything different I would have maybe stayed in Torrey for two nights or Bryce for two nights instead of driving to Springdale this night.

Wednesday, July 1 - Bryce Canyon National Park...about a 2 hour drive from Springdale.

Thursday, July 2 - Zion National Park. Be sure and visit recreation.gov to get shuttle tickets. You have to login at 9 am their time to get tickets for the following day's shuttle. Tickets are very limited. If you miss out on the Zion shuttle there are private companies in the area you can hire to bring you into the park as well and you may even prefer to go that route.

Friday, July 3 - Zion National Park and then headed back to Vegas that evening. With younger kids you could probably get away with one day at Zion.

Saturday, July 4 - Spent the day walking around Vegas

Sunday, July 5 - Returned Home
This post was edited on 7/7 at 8:40 pm


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bluestem75
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Shuttle was service was easy.


Were you able to get your tickets easily the day before?
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Were you able to get your tickets easily the day before?


At 8:58 am I started clicking refresh every few seconds until it went live and then I easily got tickets. I think they're usually selling out but I don't know how quickly. Maybe login tomorrow morning and give it a test run for Thursday's shuttle tickets and it should give you an idea of what to expect.


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re: A Few Pics from Our Trip to The "Mighty 5" National Parks in Utah
Thanks. That’s what I’ve been trying. I realized today there are two different entries for Zion tickets when you search. One has more tickets than the other. Our govt at work...


HippieTiger
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re: A Few Pics from Our Trip to The "Mighty 5" National Parks in Utah
hell yeah rona f'd my yearly utah desert trip. that windgate sandstone does it for me


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BRich
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re: A Few Pics from Our Trip to The "Mighty 5" National Parks in Utah
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Heading out there next week.


Us, too. These pics are really whetting my appetite.

OP, thanks for sharing!


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I realized today there are two different entries for Zion tickets when you search. One has more tickets than the other. Our govt at work...

One entry requires all traffic to be shutdown if you're driving an rv in. It also cost an extra $15 for this. It almost makes sense this point of entry would have fewer tickets available


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