I'm lookin to take a Southern Utah trip this May with my sister and wanted to get some input. I checked some of the searches on the site and couldn't come to a conclusion. This is what I want to hit on the trip: Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley, Vermillion Cliffs, North Rim Grand Canyon. I've been to Zion and Bryce already so I'm planning on skipping them this time around and will do Capitol Reef on another trip in the future.
Here is what I have:
Leave Vegas 5 a.m.
Arrive Canyonlands (Island In The Sky) 12 p.m. ??
Sleep in Moab
Tour Arches National Park till 11 or 12
drive to needles district
leave for monument
Stay at Goulding
Tour Monument Valley till about 1 or 2
Drive to Page, AZ
Sleep in Page
Or Monument Valley to North Rim and sleep at the canyon
See North Rim
Leave for Vegas in the late afternoon
Now some of the stuff that has me confused is on mapquest it says the drive from canyonlands to moab is 79 miles and 3 hours? Is that true?
Are the Vermillion Cliffs visible on the way to the North Rim? I've never seen Lake Powell, is it worth staying in Page to get a small dose of it? Or should I just head on to the North Rim on the third day?
Thanks in advance,