Out West Trip 2022 | Utah + Arizona

December 11, 2022

For Spring Break 2022, we decided to take the family out west! We spent time planning the trip for about a year… and by “we” I mean LUKE! He did all the research, talked to friends, booked accommodations & tours in advance, made dinner reservations and my job was to document the trip through pics…can do. 🙂 We traveled for 11 days, through 3 states, and hit 5 national parks in 5 straight days…which I may have requested a day of rest in there somewhere, ha! We made memories we will NEVER forget. I couldn’t begin to imagine the beauty we experienced. What a creative God! I took approx. 3500 photos… but I will spare you all and narrow down to some of our faves. If you are planning a trip out west for yourselves or are curious where some of the photos were taken, we’ve included an outline of our itinerary at the end of the post.

TOP HIGHLIGHTS: Under Canvas, Canyoneering, GypsyGuide, & Sunset Hummer Tour!

Now we’ve gotten a taste of adventure… let us know where we should go next!

Ghost Town in Zion
Under Canvas Zion
Zion National Park | The Narrows
Zion
Under Canvas Zion
Under Canvas Zion
Under Canvas Zion
Zion National Park
Zion National Park
Under Canvas Zion
Zion National Park
Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Capital Reef National Park
Capital Reef National Park
Capital Reef National Park
Capital Reef National Park
Capital Reef National Park
Capital Reef National Park
Capital Reef National Park
Capital Reef National Park
Capital Reef National Park
Capital Reef National Park
Capital Reef National Park
Under Canvas Moab
Under Canvas Moab
Under Canvas Moab
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park – Mesa Arch
Canyonlands National Park – Mesa Arch
Canyonlands National Park – Mesa Arch
Canyonlands National Park
Dead Horse Pointe State Park
Dead Horse Pointe State Park
Dead Horse Pointe State Park
Arches National Park – Delicate Arch
Arches National Park
Arches National Park – Broken Arch
Monument Valley
Under Canvas Lake Powell
Under Canvas Lake Powell
Under Canvas Lake Powell
Under Canvas Lake Powell
Under Canvas Lake Powell
Under Canvas Lake Powell
Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon
Horseshoe Bend
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Sedona
The Hudson in Sedona
The Hudson in Sedona
Sedona
Phoenix, AZ

2022 Out West ITINERARY

VEGAS

  • 3/9: ✈️ Arrive in Las Vegas (1 night) – the Strip… Pickup Rental Van
  • Accommodations: Dinner/Stay at Resorts World

ZION

BRYCE CANYON

  • 3/12-3/13: 2.5 Hour Drive to Bryce Canyon (1 day) – Bryce city, smaller park, visitors center, drive to top for views
  • Accommodations: Best Western
  • Escalante – it’s called Pizza Place
  • Boulder – Hells Backdoor Grill (recommended but was closed)

CAPITAL REEF (on the way to Moab)

  • Capital Reef National Park – historic homestead, orchard

MOAB

MONUMENT VALLEY

  • 3 Hour Drive to Monument Valley *drive by*
  • Moki Dugway

LAKE POWELL

  • 3/16-3/18: 2.5 Hour Drive to Lake Powell + Page (2 days) – Horseshoe Bend… Lees Ferry: *River float* (Kayak the Colorado) drive up river and float back on Horseshoe Bend 4+hr excursion – did not end up doing this
  • 30min Drive – Antelope Canyon 3/18
  • Accommodations: Under Canvas (Stargazer w Kids)

GRAND CANYON

  • 3/18-3/19: 2.5 Hour Drive to Grand Canyon (1 days) – South rim, stay at the Lodge ($$), the mule barn, the El Tovar restaurant & others in the village – shuttles from visitor center to trails + Hermits Rest
  • Sunset at multiple spots along the rim – STUNNING
  • Accommodations: El Tovar

SEDONA

  • Shopping & Ice Cream
  • The Hudson – Happy Hour menu!

PHOENIX

  • Spring Training Baseball Game
  • 3/20: 2.5 Hour Drive to 3:30pm Return Rental Van
  • ✈️ Leave Phoenix

INCIDENTALS: Food, Gas, Airport Parking, Southwest Airfare, Dollar Rental Car (Van), National Park Pass

TIP (4th graders only): If you register your 4th grader for “Every kid outdoors” they receive a FREE National Park Pass which covers the whole car.


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