I love to hop on the Harley and take a big road trip at least once a year. Last year my friends and I started in Vail Colorado and Cruised through the National Parks of Utah on our way to Las Vegas. This part of the country is so stunning you all need to find a way to take this trip! The views from a motorcycle are spectacular but you can certainly do it with a Jeep or any other convertible. Below is the path we took and the places we stopped. Don’t forget your camera, you are going to need it!
We started in Vail but Aspen and Telluride are also great places to hang out a few days before you get going.
I like to schedule around 350 miles per day. This will give you plenty of time to stop and look around along the way.
Day 1: Vail Colorado to Moab Utah.
Let’s get on the road by 8am or so and take I-70 through Glenwood Canyon and then head South on Hwy 133 to Hotchkiss Colorado. You will find Canyons, Mountain Passes and Wineries along the way. At the end of town in Hotchkiss you’ll find The Home Town Café on the right hand side. They have good food in a friendly environment.
140 miles, about 3 hours.
After lunch head out of town on Hwy 92 and then South on 50/550 through Montrose. Head West on 62 through Ridgeway and then onto 145 to Norwood Colorado. There is a Cool Little Saloon on the left hand side of the road. Great place to take a break.
110 miles, about 2 ½ Hours
After a break at the Saloon head out of town on 145 to 90, 46 and then North on 191 into Moab. Look into staying at the Red Cliffs Lodge on the Colorado River 866-812-2002. You will love the setting.
100 miles, about 2 hours.
Day 2: Moab National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Get up early and take a cruise through the park. You can spend a few hours to all day exploring this incredible area. The bright red cliffs show the marks from the raging water years ago! If you have the time, stay a second night in Moab. You can hike, mountain bike and Jeep in this great Park.
When you are ready to head to Bryce take 191 to I-70 through Green River. Go South on Hwy 24 to Hanksville, UT. Stop at Blondies for giant burgers and shakes.
110 miles, 2 hours
After lunch continue West on Hwy 24 and then South on Hwy 12 to Escalante, UT. Try the North Creek Grill for a rest and beverage. This is a winding and beautiful drive.
110 miles, about 3 hours.
After a break, continue on 12 to Bryce Canyon National Park. Another incredible Drive!
We stayed at the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel. 800-568-8520.
50 miles, 2 hours
Day 3: Bryce Canyon National Park through Zion and onto Las Vegas.
Head out of town on 12 and then onto 89 then 9 into Zion National Park. This might be the most spectacular Park yet. Take your time and enjoy it. While cruising through the Park you get the feeling that a Tyrannosaurus Rex could be around the next corner.
When you exit the Park you will be in a small town called Springdale. Stop at Wildcat Willies for lunch. This place has good food and a great atmosphere. Get a table by the window and watch the people go by.
110 Miles, 3 ½ hours.
After lunch it is time to cruise into Las Vegas. You will have the opportunity to stop at a casino or two along the way. Take I-15.
160 miles about 3 hours.
There are countless diversions, stops and side trips that you can take from Colorado to Las Vegas. The trip outlined here is a very quick way to get a lot of views into a short period of time. If you have the time, I would encourage extending your stays at each stop and really exploring the surrounding areas. You could easily spend another night or two in Moab, Bryce Canyon and Zion. Plan this trip for the summer now. Anytime from Memorial Day through September will work the best. Have a great trip and then schedule that massage in Vegas!