July 21, 2024

The Wild West: 10 days road trip from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City and Bozeman

Looking for a rewarding road trip around the American Wild West? Below is our most varied itinerary of bucket list national parks between Las Vegas, NV, Salt Lake City, UT, and Bozeman, MT. You’ll explore Zion, Bryce, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone, plus a few other amazing destinations along the way. It may look like a speedy trip, but you’ll do so much exploring in each destination that you’ll feel like you’re part of the local culture. The only decisions you have to make is where to stay each night.

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Fremont Indian State Park

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Roadbook – LAS-SLC-BZN

Road trip for 10 days from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City and Bozeman through the most breathtaking national parks of the American Southwest – Zion, Bryce, Grand Teton, Yellowstone – and other amazing places along the way

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Antelope Island in Great Salt Lake

Itinerary summary

10 days to Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Great Salt Lake, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone. Ideal any time between May 15-October 15. If you follow this itinerary in winter, note that much of Grand Teton and Yellowstone will be closed, and the remaining destinations may be under snow.

Highlights

  • Zion: Full-day hikes in Zion Canyon, combining multiple mythical trails in the park
  • Bryce: Half-day hike in the Bryce Amphitheater, combining multiple alluring trails in the park
  • Capitol Reef: Short stops and walks along the highway
  • Antelope Island: Swim in the Great Salt Lake and wildlife viewing
  • Grand Teton: A choice of hikes in the breathtaking alpine environment
  • Yellowstone: Hikes and scenic drives between hydrothermal features and canyons
  • Other: Hidden gems along the way to stretch your legs and enjoy the views
Roadbook - LAS-SLC-BZN

Roadbook – LAS-SLC-BZN

Road trip for 10 days from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City and Bozeman through the most breathtaking national parks of the American Southwest – Zion, Bryce, Grand Teton, Yellowstone – and other amazing places along the way

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Itinerary

Day 1: Drive Las Vegas to Zion and leisurely hike Riverside Walk. Total drive time 3 hours.
Day 2: All day hikes Zion – hike Angels Landing and Emerald Pools.
Day 3: Sunrise hike in Zion (Canyon Overlook) followed by drive to Bryce. Afternoon hike Figure 8 combo trails in the Bryce Amphitheater. Total drive time 2 hours.
Day 4: Drive to Capitol Reef, stopping to hike at Lower Calf Creek Falls in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Total drive time 3 hours.
Day 5: Long but scenic drive to Salt Lake City, stopping at Fremont Indian State Park. Total drive time 4.5 hours.
Day 6: Morning visit to Antelope Island, then long drive to Grand Teton National Park. Total drive time 6 hours.
Day 7: All day hikes in Grand Teton – Taggart/Bradley Loop (easy) or Paintbrush/Cascade Loop (strenuous).
Days 8 & 9: All day hikes and scenic drives in Yellowstone.
Day 10: Drive to Bozeman.

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Las Vegas to Salt Lake City and Bozeman in 10 days

Where to spend the night

Links for the nearest campgrounds to each destination:
Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Campgrounds around Las Vegas

If you’re booking hotels:
Nights 1 & 2: Reserve 2 nights in Zion Lodge or hotel of your choice in Springdale, UT
Night 3: Reserve 1 night in Bryce Canyon Lodge or Ruby’s Inn
Night 4: Reserve 1 night in any hotel or B&B in Torrey, UT
Night 5: Reserve 1 night in any hotel or B&B in Salt Lake City, UT
Night 6 & 7: Reserve 2 nights in one of the Grand Teton Lodges or any hotel or B&B in Jackson, WY
Night 8 & 9: Reserve 2 nights in one of the lodges in Yellowstone National Park or any hotel or B&B in Gardiner, MT
Night 10: Bozeman. Go with your gut.

Purchase and download the PDF roadbook for this itinerary. This 10-day one-way road trip is our most varied itinerary of bucket list destinations and national parks between Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Bozeman: Zion, Bryce, Great Salt Lake, Grand Teton, Yellowstone. This trip is ideal between May 15-October 15.
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