I'm currently planning a road trip from Denver to Las Vegas for August this year. After searching the internet (and especially this great site) I've came up with a plan that I like a lot. I would like to ask the experts here for feedback, but also post it to inspire other people looking for something similar. So here goes:
Day 1: Travel from Denver to Moab
Day 2: Visit Arches NP
Day 3: Visit Canyonlands NP
Day 4: Travel from Moab to Bryce via Capitol Reef NP
Day 5: Visit Bryce Canyon NP
Day 6: Travel from Bryce to Springdale via Dixie National Forest and maybe stop at the NW part of Zion
Day 7 and 8: Visit Zion NP
Day 9: Travel from Springdale to Page, maybe visit the North side of the Grand Canyon?
Day 10: Enjoy Lake Powell and the Antelope Slot Canyon
Day 11: Travel to Williams via the Grand Canyon area
Day 12: Revisit Grand Canyon
Day 13: Travel to Las Vegas
The biggest let down for me is missing Monument Valley, but I find it difficult to get there without 5+ hours of driving. As far as I know, there are no hotels in the area and I'm the only driver, so I'm considering to leave it. I would appreciate any tips/suggestions from anyone with travel experience in this region. I'm also curious to know what hiking trails are the most enjoyable to do in the parks I'm planning to visit, any suggestions? What are the not-to-miss spots to see?
Thanks so much!!