Help Me Plan My Southwestern Road Trip!

My buddies and I want to take a car-camping spring road trip through the Southwest, beginning and ending in Las Vegas. What do you recommend?

Apr 23, 2012
Outside Magazine

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One piece of advice for road-tripping through the Southwest: don't try to cover too much ground. You're talking about a huge area of land, and if you try to cram in too many destinations, you won't have the time to appreciate any. Drive east to Utah, where you can find varied terrain and a number of national parks and monuments. Here's my suggested road trip.

Day 1: Vegas to Zion
Day 2: Zion National Park
Day 3: Bryce Canyon National Park
Day 4: Capitol Reef National Park
Day 5: Fishlake National Forest
Day 6: Cedar Breaks National Monument

Filed To: Adventure Adviser