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Nevada-Utah Desert Road Trip

This is the real American Southwest, with a wildness and emptiness that allows you a taste of frontier life.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly

Overview :  WELCOME TO THE GREATEST EARTH ON SHOW, declares one highway sign. Those words couldn’t be truer about this drive from Las Vegas... more »

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Points of Interest

A spa, a hilltop labyrinth, and the popular Spotted Dog Café make the property feel like its own little village. Several rooms have decks or patios; Zion National Park is a five-minute walk away.

Address:
450 Zion Park Blvd.
Springdale, Utah
United States

Phone:
(435) 772-3244

2. Oscar’s Café

The berry-topped waffles will satisfy even the heartiest appetites. Breakfast burritos and hiker’s granola are other popular options at this colorful restaurant.

Address:
948 Zion Park Blvd.
Springdale, Utah
United States

Phone:
(435) 772-3232

Secluded deep in southwestern Utah’s Grand Circle area, Red Mountain Resort’s 82 southwestern-style rooms and 24 suites take full advantage of the scenery: red-rock cliffs, majestic canyons, and black lava flows in a region that’s home to three parks (Snow Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion). Located on 55 acres of crimson desert filled with aromatic ... More

Should Zion ever get overrun (and it does), this park is a much better kept secret. The kid-friendly, two-mile round-trip Butterfly Trail brings you to the park’s impressive lava flows.

Address:
1002 Snow Canyon Dr.
Ivins, Utah
United States

Phone:
(435) 628- 2255

Long live the cake parlor—thanks to this lovely spot and its daily selection of house-baked cupcakes, from orange blossom to peanut butter cup. Savory items include pressed sandwiches, pastas, and salads.

Address:
25 N. Main St.
St. George, Utah
United States

Phone:
(435) 628-7110

6. Valley of Fire State Park

Walk the red sandstone formations. Nevada’s oldest state park is made up of some 35,000-odd acres of petroglyphs and dramatic rock formations. Look for Arch Rock, Piano Rock, and the Three Sisters, whose recognizable forms have been the backdrop for many a western movie.

Address:
29450 Valley of Fire Rd.
Overton, Nevada
United States

Phone:
(702... More

7. Zion Lodge

Staying here lets you roll out of bed and onto a trail (it’s right across from the Emerald Pools hike). Ask for one of the historic 1920’s cabins with a fireplace and front porch.

Address:
Zion Lodge
Springdale, Utah
United States

Phone:
(303) 297-2757