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The following Destination Inspiration about The Grand Circle is from The Road to Adventure.


The Grand Circle

The Grand Circle has to be one of the most epic road trips in America. It’s even more enjoyable when done in an RV! Highway 12, the All-American Road, is one of the most scenic drives around, offering views of the orange hoodoos and rock, red canyons, green forests, mountains and many of the state and national parks within Utah - just stunning landscapes! Combined with areas of Arizona and Colorado this drive offers the complete National Parks package.

I was in my Class A Thor Vegas, towing my Mini Cooper Countryman when I took this trip so it is suitable for most RV sizes. I had not seen landscapes like this growing up on the east coast. I remember just being blown away by this trip; I hope you enjoy it as well.

Trip Summary

  • 942 Miles; 20 Stops
    • 3-4 states depending on where you start (NV, AZ, UT, CO)
    • 9-10 National Park areas
    • 5 State Parks

Sites in Arizona

  • Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim
  • Glen Canyon National Recreational Area - Lake Powell (AZ/UT border)
  • Monument Valley (AZ/UT border)

Sites in Utah

  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument

Sites in Colorado

  • Mesa Verde National Park

Camping Hubs

If your RVing style is to leave the RV and explore with your towed vehicle, you can usually see many places within an easy radius of Moab, UT, and Kanab, UT.

Extra Stops If You Have The Time

The National Parks you'll see in my trip itinerary below are stunners, but these state parks are also worth checking out if you have extra time. This entire area is just so rich in beauty!

  • Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ
  • Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ
  • Goosenecks state park after Monument Valley
  • Dead Horse Point state park on the way to Canyonlands, Moab, UT
  • La Sal Mountain loop drive in Moab
  • Goblin Valley state park after Moab
  • Kodachrome state park before Bryce
  • Sand Hollow state park, Hurricane UT

Sample Two-Week Itinerary

If flying in and renting an RV consider these airports to start your trip

  • Las Vegas
  • Phoenix/Flagstaff
  • Salt Lake City

The following itinerary assumes a start from Las Vegas

Day 1

Drive to Grand Canyon North Rim (only open from May 15th to October 15th) View some of my recommended camping options here.

Days 2 & 3

  • Drive to Glen Canyon Dam in Page, AZ, then to Lake Powell camp at Wawheap Marina & RV
  • Walk or drive down to the Rainbow Room and sit our by the pool with cocktails for sunset views of Lake Powell, also nice for dinner!
  • Keep cool with a Boat tour of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon (optional, add additional time) or an Antelope Canyons slot tour (optional, add additional time)
  • I highly recommend the hike down to Horseshoe Bend!

Day 4

Drive to Monument Valley - can camp right there or drive on to Goosenecks state park and stay the night right on the rim!

Day 5

Mesa Verde National Park, CO (some Grand Circles itineraries add Mesa Verde - some omit this stop, your preference) camping options

Days 6 - 8

Drive to Moab – Below are a few of my recommended stops and things to do:

  • Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Delicate Arch Hike
  • La Sal Mountain Loop Drive
  • Hot Air Balloon ride with views of Arches and Canyonlands this is a great way to see a different perspective of these parks! This was one of my favorites!

Day 9

Drive to and camp at Goblin Valley State Park

Day 10

  • Drive to Capitol Reef National Park visitor center then do the scenic loop
  • On the drive, make sure you stop at Kiva Coffee House off Highway 12. This place is super cute and offers great views of Grand Staircase Escalante while you sip on an espresso. They also have food, a little jewelry counter perfect for picking out souvenirs, and they allow overnight stops.
  • If you prefer to drive straight through – I recommended setting up camp at Kodachrome State Park

Days 11 & 12

  • Drive to and camp at Bryce Canyon, either at Ruby's Inn Campground or in the park
  • Scenic Loop Drive with 9 points of interest

Days 13 & 14

  • Drive to Zion National Park optional stop at Cedar Breaks National Monument camp at Zion River Resort
  • Ride the shuttle to see areas of the park that are inaccessible by automobiles
  • If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the Angels Landing Hike
  • If you make it into St George, River Rock Roasters is a great place for coffee/lunch and with an amazing view of the Virgin River!
  • Optional - add in a stop and stay at Sand Hollow State Park

Day 15

Return to Las Vegas, and remember all the fun you had! Make today someday and take this trip of a lifetime!

Let me know in the comments if any of you have taken this trip or have additional itinerary suggestions.