The Only Southwest Road Trip Itinerary You Need

Planning an epic road trip through America’s Southwest? You’ll be richly rewarded with insane Martian-esque landscapes, beautiful national parks, empty stretches of road, and stunning sunsets.

I’ve highlighted all the best on and off the beaten path adventures so you can create a Southwest road trip of your dreams.

This itinerary for the American Southwest starts and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking you through six national parks and a handful of state parks and national monuments along the way.

Get ready for the USA road trip of a lifetime — this Southwest road trip is truly one for the bucket list.

How Long Do You Need For This Southwest Itinerary?

This Southwest itinerary should take you from 10 days to two weeks to complete.

However, if you were pressed for time, you could certainly condense it to a one-week road trip or hit a few highlights in just 5 days, though you would definitely need to cut out quite a few things.

As written, this road trip will take you through six national parks, three state parks, a handful of national monuments, and through hundreds if not thousands of miles of untamed landscapes. We saw one national park in Arizona and all five national parks in Utah.

If you were trying to condense this Southwest road trip into just five days, I’d make it go from Las Vegas to Zion to Bryce to Page to Sedona and back to Las Vegas via the Hoover Dam.

Extending this Southwest Road Trip

If you have even more time? There’s so much more to road tripping in the Southwest that you could tack on, or even go slightly beyond the Southwest itself.

You can also easily add on a little Western road trip from Vegas to see some of California’s famous parks (Joshua Tree and Death Valley come to mind) or swing up north after Moab to visit the famous Yellowstone National Park.

New Mexico with its beautiful White Sands National Park and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, plus its beautiful cities of Sante Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque, are also a great idea.

Personally, we swung north and east after Moab and went up to Denver and Boulder for a few days before heading back to Las Vegas to drop off our rental car.

However, considering the drive from Moab is about 8 hours, you may want to break it up with some time in Grand Junction or somewhere else in Colorado if you choose to continue eastwards. We just took the long driving day and took turns driving, but if you have only one driver, you may want to break up the journey.

Tips for Saving Money on this Southwest Itinerary

To save money, be sure to buy an Annual Pass for the national parks– you can easily purchase an America the Beautiful park pass online at REI.

For $80, you have unlimited entrances to all US national parks (and monuments, forests, seashores, etc — over 2,000 protected lands) for one vehicle for a year!

Seeing as national parks cost anywhere from $10-30 to enter, with most near the $30 side of the spectrum, you’ll definitely save money by buying an annual pass.

Another way to save money is to travel by campervan or RV, eliminating or reducing your accommodation costs.

There is free camping in BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land across most of the Southwest. I have a guide to free camping in Utah, which will cover most of this Southwest itinerary.

If you prefer the amenities of a maintained campground, you still won’t pay too much, as paid campgrounds are typically around $30 per night.

Finally, another big way to save money if you’re not going with a campervan is to book your car rental in and out of the same place — when I was researching, I found Las Vegas to have the best options, followed by Phoenix, which isn’t on this itinerary but would be an easy swap.

Not sure where to get the best deal on your rental? I’ve rented cars dozens of times through various search engines and have settled on Discover Cars as the best car rental search engine – it searches over 500 trusted rental companies to find the cheapest price for your rental! Compare prices for car rentals in Las Vegas here.

Southwest Road Trip Itinerary

Stop One: Las Vegas, Nevada

My Southwest road trip itinerary has you starting in Las Vegas for a variety of reasons: the first being that renting a car in Vegas is loads cheaper than renting in most other places along this American Southwest itinerary.

You can also rent an RV in Las Vegas and use that as your transportation and accommodation all in one!

The second reason being that flights to Las Vegas are often incredibly affordable — my flight from Vegas to San Francisco was only $32 on Southwest, which even includes a bag!

While in Vegas, check out the Seven Magic Mountains about 20 minutes outside of town – it’s a fabulous art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, which will be dismantled at the end of 2018.

The Seven Magic Mountains installation, a temporary art exhibit 20 minutes outside of Vegas

If money permits, there’s no better way to get excited about the landscape you’re about to see than to take a helicopter tour from Las Vegas.

There’s a variety of helicopter tours you can take from Vegas, each offering a completely unique landscape. If budget allows, I strongly recommend taking a flight over the Grand Canyon.

You’ll get to see the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and an extinct volcano on your way to the Grand Canyon — the 7th natural wonder of the world!

You can opt for an aerial-only flight (which is more affordable) or a canyon landing tour that stops 3,500 feet below the Canyon Rim, right next to the beautiful Colorado River. Both are a great choice — it depends on how badly you’d like to land at the bottom of the canyon!

Book your flight to the Grand Canyon — aerial-only or canyon landing!

But if you’re on a tight budget in Vegas and still want to ride in a helicopter, there are several more affordable rides you can do, including a nighttime flight over the Las Vegas strip!

A short helicopter flight over the Las Vegas Strip just after sunset as the lights come down over the city is an incredible experience, and one I won’t soon forget. I was surprised at how breathtaking it was even after having my breath taken away seeing the Grand Canyon… but the Las Vegas Strip did not disappoint!

You can opt for a night flight with a romantic dinner or for the more budget-friendly helicopter over the Vegas Strip tour.

With prices for the latter just around $100 per person, it’s a great way to experience the high life (literally) without breaking the bank or needing to strike it rich at the slots before booking!

Book your helicopter tour over the Strip — budget or with luxury dinner option

Recommended photo spots: Anywhere and everywhere, really! A helicopter ride will give you stunning views; The Bellagio, the W, the Wynn, and pretty much anywhere on the Strip are also great places for photos.

Recommended accommodations: The W is the funkiest boutique hotel in all of Vegas — perfect for the ‘gram! The rooms are over the top and ridiculously outlandish, the staff is amazing with their personalized recommendations and greetings, and the calm of the pool there compared to at the SLS (which you can also visit if you stay at the W) was an awesome oasis in the middle of crazy Vegas. Can’t rate highly enough! Check prices, ratings, and availability at The W here.

Stop Two: Valley of Fire

About 45 minutes from Las Vegas is what I deem to be the most underrated spot on this entire Southwest road trip: the Valley of Fire State Park.

I literally have no idea why this isn’t a national park — it’s so massive and the vistas are so spectacular that it surely deserves the title.

That said, the fact that it’s only technically a state park will serve you well, as despite its proximity to Las Vegas there were very few people at the park.

While you could do this independently, I actually did a day trip to the Valley of Fire with Pink Jeep Tours and I can’t speak more highly of it — I definitely recommend it if your budget allows.

We absolutely maximized our time there and got to see all the best parts of the park with expert narration (and a wicked sense of humor!) along the way. It was pretty much a perfect day out.

Since we had so much driving along the way later on in the trip, it was nice to start off the trip at a slow pace and not have to handle the driving and planning ourselves for the Valley of Fire.

As it’s just 40 minutes outside of Vegas, it’s an easy and logical day trip if you’re wanting to spend a few nights luxuriating in Vegas before heading out on your Southwest road trip adventure of a lifetime.

I’d recommend the tour, as it’s what we did and loved it, but you can also DIY a day in the Valley of Fire if you have budget constraints.

Book your Pink Jeep Tour online here!

Recommended photo spots: Rainbow Vista trail, The Beehives, Elephant Rock, Balanced Rock, pretty much anywhere with an open road!

Recommended accommodations: Overnight somewhere in Vegas; we loved our stay at The W (find rates & availability here) but there are a ton of other budget-friendly options available in Vegas.

You can also camp inside the park, first come first serve, but get here early if you plan to do that as spots go fast!

Stop Three: Hoover Dam

After visiting the Valley of Fire, you’ll need to route back via Vegas on your way to the Hoover Dam. This is right on your way to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon – no circuitous rerouting required – so you might as well see one of America’s biggest engineering marvels.

The Hoover Dam used to be the tallest dam in the world when it was first built, but it’s since been overtaken by a dam I’ve never heard of until researching this post, located in Tajikistan.

The most amazing fact (to me at least) about the Hoover Dam is that the concrete holding up is still not dry all the way through!

At its base, it’s a massive 660 feet thick — the equivalent of two back-to-back football fields!

Scientists say it’ll take 125 years for it to dry all the way through; at only 80 years since its construction, we’ve still got 30 to go.

The Hoover Dam from above on a helicopter tour – truly a sight to behold on a Southwest road trip

Recommended photo spots: The dam, obviously; the Pat Tillman memorial bridge

Recommended accommodations: No need to stay overnight – this is best done as a quick stop off on the way to Flagstaff and/or the Grand Canyon.

Stop 4: Flagstaff, Arizona (the Grand Canyon & Sedona)

Flagstaff is a perfect base for further road trips in the Southwest USA.

That said, Flagstaff on its own has plenty to write home about — don’t miss Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, with its beautiful landscape and exciting lava trails.

But perhaps the best thing about Flagstaff is its proximity to some of Arizona’s greatest attractions.

30 minutes through a winding national forest, you’ll find Sedona — one of Arizona’s most scenic places, and a must on any Southwest US road trip itinerary.

If you have time, it’s worth giving at least a full day for exploring Sedona, or even following my 2 day itinerary to exploring Sedona’s best sights.

For the purpose of this post, I’m suggesting Sedona as a day trip from Flagstaff, but you could easily spend more time in Sedona if you wish.

Check out the stunning red rocks arching into the sky, and be sure not to miss the opportunity to go for a hike or to visit the Church of the Holy Cross — a stunning chapel quite literally built into the side of a mountain.

I didn’t have time in Sedona to go on the original Pink Jeep Tour (the same company as I went with on my Valley of Fire tour) but if I did, I absolutely could have gone on this off-roading 2-hour scenic rim tour.

Book your 2-hour offroad tour of Sedona!

Sedona is great for a day trip, but the main attraction when visiting Flagstaff is the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is a mere 90 minutes away.

No amount of preparation can truly ready you for the grandeur of what it’s like to stand at the edge of this canyon in person.

I even flew over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter a few days prior to seeing it from the edge.

While the helicopter ride was an absolutely amazing experience, truly nothing beats standing at its edge and seeing its vastness from ground level. If you can see it both ways, do! But don’t underestimate the power of seeing it from ground level with your own eyes. It’s breathtaking.

The easiest way to see the Grand Canyon is to drive there from Flagstaff, about 90 minutes each way, which is what we did.

However, I didn’t realize at the time that there was a really cool historic scenic train that runs right from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon! If you’re into train history and old, nostalgic train rides, this may be a really cool experience for you to have. You can book it online here.

Recommended Accommodation: When I was in Flagstaff, I stayed at the Hilton Doubletree in town. With free (warm!) cookies upon check-in, large rooms, and an in-house restaurant, it’s a comfortable and affordable crash pad between adventures and it’s much cheaper than staying in either the Grand Canyon or Sedona. Check prices, rates, & availability here.

Stop 5: Page, Arizona (Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, & Lake Powell)

Page, Arizona has some of the most spectacular sights in all of the American Southwest, all in a tiny little town.

For one, Horseshoe Bend, one of the most iconic photography spots in the entire Southwest US, is located a mere 3 miles down the main highway.

But the main draw to Page is the stunning Antelope Canyon. Broken into two parts, Upper and Lower, we opted for the Lower — having heard that it has more vibrant colors, as opposed to Upper which is famous for its sunbeams much-loved by photographers.

Upper is more popular (and thus more expensive and more crowded) than Lower, plus it requires advance reservations.

Chronic underplanners as we are, we opted for Lower, as we were able to book next-day tickets quite easily.

The information online is a bit out of date; there are now two tour companies operating tours to Lower Antelope Canyon.

Ken’s Tours charges $20 as far as I know, Dixie Ellis’ $25; plus the $8 tribal lands fee. We went with Dixie Ellis’ Lower Antelope Canyon Tours as the line was shorter and highly recommend the experience.

Be aware that this is an incredibly popular tour on everyone’s Southwest itinerary no matter what tour company you go with, and you will be waiting in line quite a bit – not to mention the waiting you’ll have to do in order to snap photos without people in them. However, it’s entirely worth the experience in my opinion!

Horseshoe Bend is a bit less crowded than Antelope Canyon, mainly because it’s more spacious. We actually went three times in the span of 24 hours seeking the perfect shot.

Sunrise is fantastic because so few people are there, although the sun rises on the opposite side of the bend so if you’re looking for sunbursts, you’re better off at sunset. Midday, you’ll see a wild array of colors that you can’t quite see during sunrise/sunset, so it’s worth a separate trip just for that as it’s not so far away from Page

At sunset
At sunrise

While sunset is the most crowded at Horseshoe Bend, it’s also the most magical. As a bonus, if you scrabble up the rocks a bit, you can quite easily get epic photos with no one else in the shot!

A clever way to escape the Horseshoe Bend hoards? Fly over it by helicopter (which seems to be a running theme of this post — sadly, I didn’t have the chance to do this, though. Next time!) You’ll also get to see Lake Powell — more on that in a second.

Finally, as if I haven’t written enough about Page to fill an entire blog post all on its own, you must check out Lake Powell.

This lake is simply stunning, with glassy blue water amidst a desert landscape. You can rent a paddleboard and check out the lake at your own speed, or go to one of the many viewpoints to see it from above.

Recommended photo spots: Horseshoe Bend, Lower/Upper Antelope, Lake Powell, Wahweap Overlook

Recommended accommodations: We stayed at Hampton Inn & Suites in Page – Lake Powell and highly recommend it. The rooms are large with plenty of space to work and relax in, with all the comfortable amenities you’d expect like a fitness room, a heated indoor pool, a Jacuzzi (perfect for sore legs after hiking all day!).

Breakfast was also delicious and included in the price of the room. It also couldn’t be any closer to Horseshoe Bend, just three miles and a quick five-minute drive down the road.

If you’re planning to visit Horseshoe Bend multiple times for the perfect photo like we did, it’s an awesome place to base yourself because as soon as you leave the parking lot you’re already on the road to Horseshoe Bend! Check rates, prices, & availability here.

Stop Six: Kanab, Utah

On the way from Page to Utah, you can go two different ways. We actually did both as we did a huge circle from Page to Kanab and back all in one day when we couldn’t go to Antelope Canyon as planned, so I can report on each way!

The first way, via I-89, you’ll pass a view of Lake Powell at Wahweap Overlook before making your way to the Visitor Center of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park.

Stop off at the visitor center in Big Water, Utah and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to meet a man who discovered a brand new species of dinosaur! He is really lovely and fun to talk to, so definitely stop by if you can.

On the way to Kanab, you can stop off to do the Toadstools hike — a short one-hour roundtrip hike that ends in a truly Martian landscape. Quite off the beaten path of most people’s typical Southwest road trip itineraries, and well worth the stop!

“Toadstools” are formed when rain makes boulders fall from cliffs and land atop softer rocks, creating mushroom-looking rock structures. They look manmade but they’re entirely natural!

After passing Kanab, quickly grab lunch somewhere before making your way to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

This little-visited park has sand dunes that look as if they’re straight out of the Sahara — all against the backdrop of some legendary Utah mountains.

This park is so close to Zion that I don’t know why it’s more popular, but you definitely should have it on your Southwest itinerary — all the better for you to snap some epic photos without the crowds!

With the clouds, it looked more orange than pink, but on a sunny day, I’m sure the sands are more true to their name.

If you go the other way from Page via the longer but more scenic route (I-89A), you can go over a beautiful mountain pass filled with lush evergreen trees and stop at the Vermillion Cliffs viewpoint and LeFevre Overlook.

There, you can see four plateaus that make up the “Staircase” of Grand Staircase-Escalante in a variety of hues — including chocolate brown, vermillion, and purple (two of the plateaus was unfortunately covered by some clouds when we were there!)

While you’re in Kanab, you’re so close to Zion, but I urge you to skip it — for now — in lieu of visiting it on your way back to Las Vegas!

Finally, Kanab is also a good stopping point if you are testing your luck for permits for the Wave in Arizona, as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center visitor center here is where you would need to get your permit.

Your chances are low, but it’s worth a try!

Recommended photo spots: Lefevre Point, Vermillion Cliffs overlook, Toadstools, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Recommended accommodations: We didn’t stay in Kanab during this trip because we went back to Page in a giant circle (which we don’t recommend — it was only our poor planning that had us doing so!), but Canyons Boutique Hotel would have been a great choice if we did.

With a 8.9 rating on Booking, spacious rooms, nice décor, and a central location, it’s the best choice in town. Check prices, reviews, and availability here.

Stop Seven: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon is truly one of the most memorable stops on any Southwest US road trip itinerary. For one, it has its distinctive hoodoos which you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world in such number and scale.

Hoodoos (also called “fairy chimneys”) form when the water from melting snow seeps into the cracks of the rock and freezes overnight. Bit by bit, the cracks expand until large chunks of rock fall away, leaving pillars in their place.

Hoodoos form all over the world, but there are thousands of them at Bryce Canyon, partly because the elevation is so high (around 8,000 feet!) that the melt-freeze cycle happens at least 200 nights per year

We just drove to a few different viewpoints in the park — Natural Bridge, Sunset Point and Inspiration Point — and then did the Navajo Loop Trail, which filled about a half-day in the park.

If you’re looking for a creative yet structured way to spend some time in Bryce Canyon National Park, you can do an ATV ride, a horseback ride through Red Canyon, or join a hiking tour.

Recommended photo spots: Queen’s Garden Trail, Navajo Loop, Inspiration Point, Natural Bridge, and Sunset/Sunrise Points.

Recommended accommodations: Bryce Canyon doesn’t have the most exciting options for accommodations.

We didn’t stay overnight here, as we just visited for a day, but if we had, something simple but comfortable like a Best Western is probably your best bet. Check prices, ratings, and availability. 

Stop Eight: Capitol Reef National Park

On your way to Moab from Bryce, you can take a scenic route passing through Capitol Reef via Highway 12, which I highly recommend.

The least visited of Utah’s staggering five national parks, it’s not quite as epic as Zion or Bryce but it has its own charms. It’s worth a quick stop as you pass through, at the very least.

Recommended photo spots: The cute barns and old schoolhouse on the main road, the Scenic Drive, Panorama Point, Cassidy Arch, Temple of the Moon and Sun, Chimney Rock.

Recommended accommodations: The best — and in my mind, only! — place to stay in Capitol Reef is in the Capitol Reef Resort. They have covered wagons and tipis for a themed stay, as well as standard rooms and cottages for a more traditional hotel experience. Book a stay at the Capitol Reef Resort here.

Extra Stop: On your way between Capitol Reef and Moab, you’ll have the opportunity to stop off at Goblin Valley State Park!

Frankly, we were exhausted and gave it a pass this trip, but it’s definitely on the list for my next Southwest itinerary!

Stop Nine: Moab, Utah (Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point, and Arches)

Ah, Arches National Park. With its famous Delicate Arch which is featured on the Utah license plate, this is one of the most famous national parks in the US, and a must on any Southwest road trip itinerary.

In addition to the Delicate Arch hike, you should also be sure to see the North & South Window arches, the Double Arch, and the Turret Arch.

If you want to dedicate two days to Arches, follow this detailed Arches itinerary which will explain exactly what to do with your time there!

The Devil’s Garden trail was closed when we visited, but you should definitely check it out if possible — it’s supposed to be a stunner.

Also near Moab is the Canyonlands National Park, which I actually preferred to Arches (blasphemy, I know – but I hate crowds). It was super immense, with really colorful rocks and huge canyons, and far fewer people.

There are two entrances to Canyonlands, both of which are quite far from each other.

One is Islands in the Sky, and this is the one that’s closer to Moab (and also Dead Horse Point State Park, another must-see on your Southwest road trip).

The other section, Needles, is rather far away, and suitable if you’re staying longer in Moab.

We didn’t get a chance to visit Needles on this trip, but we weren’t disappointed with the taste of Canyonlands we got at Islands in the Sky — not at all.

Other spots you can’t miss in the Moab area include Dead Horse Point State Park, a place much more beautiful than the name suggests!

It’s right on the way from Canyonlands – Island in the Sky, so it’s a good idea to go there for sunset after visiting Canyonlands in the late afternoon.

Here, the Colorado River winds and rips its way through a valley, like a combination of the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend all in one.

It’s absolutely stunning at sunset, although sunrise is supposed to be even better. I never woke up early enough to see for myself.

Finally, the Corona Arch is a great sunset spot that’s a bit of a hidden gem compared to the crowds you’ll find around Dead Horse Point and Arches.

Make sure you arrive there with about an hour to spare, as the hike is one hour on a not super well-marked path, and make sure you leave before it gets too dark!

We missed the sunset by at least a half-hour and ended up walking back in the dark because we didn’t give ourselves enough time for this hike (#travelbloggerfail) but we at least made it in time for some super pretty cloud action!

Bring a headlamp if you do this hike, trust me — it’s not fun navigating back in the dark with just your cell-phone as a light source.

There are some other great things you can do in Moab if you have the time — as if having two national parks and a state park in your backyard isn’t enough choice!

For an adventure rush, go rafting on either class I and II rapids or III and IV rapids on the Colorado River or hit the ominously-named Hell’s Revenge ATV trail which crisscrosses a rugged terrain in ATVs until you hit the Colorado River.

Book a rafting tour (class I & II), a tougher white water rafting tour (class III & IV) or an ATV tour!

Not into heart-stopping adventure? There are also more leisurely ways to relax in Moab, such as taking a 3-hour jet boat cruise to Dead Horse Point State Park along a peaceful stretch of the Colorado River, checking out side canyons and marveling at the canyon walls which reach 2,200 feet above your head.

Alternately, if you need some R&R after several long days of driving and adventuring, there are tons of great spas in Moab catering to soothing tired and aching muscles! Sorrel River Ranch and Spa Moab are two great choices.

Recommended photo spots: Mesa Arch (sunrise is supposed to be fantastic as the sun will rise directly through the arch!) in Canyonlands NP as well as the scenic drive pulling over at the various viewpoints, Delicate Arch and the other arches (North & South Window, Double, Turret) in Arches NP.

Outside of these national parks, be sure to also visit Dead Horse Point State Park (please don’t miss this!!), and Corona Arch. Be sure to give yourself enough time in Moab, it’s stunning! At least 3 days is a good start.

Recommended accommodations: Moab is a bit expensive compared to other places on the Southwest itinerary. If you are looking for a decent but budget-friendly place, book well in advance as the best-priced places book up quickly.

For people on a budget, I’d suggest the Aarchway Inn is just a tiny bit outside of Moab and has gorgeous settings with that classic Utah red rock all around, a lovely swimming pool, and well-appointed rooms. Check out rates, reviews, and availability here.

If you want a world-class stay, try glamping! Under Canvas Moab knocks it out of the park in terms of comfort, style, and entertainment, and is frequently cited as one of the best glamping lodges in the entire United States.

Book your stay at Under Canvas Moab here!

Stop Ten: Zion National Park

I recommended skipping Zion initially and saving it for the end because it’s probably one of the most epic national parks in all of the United States, and you’ll want a cool place to stop on the long drive between Moab and Las Vegas.

It’s a great way to end your Southwest road trip with something memorable, and it’s a great stopover on the way between Moab and Vegas.

If you’re at all into hiking, the Angels Landing hike is truly a can’t-miss experience.

Climbing up 1,500 feet over a grueling two hour hike (the last half mile of which is up rocks, which you have to use chain handrails to ascend) is not easy — but no epic view really is.

I feel compelled to leave an important safety note about this photo.

Angles are deceiving – there was a larger chunk of the rock edge beneath me which is obfuscated a bit by the high camera angle of this shot. I scooted around while maintaining at least 3 points of contact at all times to be safe. I never stood close to the edge, only scooted on hands and knees.

Still, I posed for this photo 3 years ago — after seeing so many articles in the last few years about selfie deaths, I wouldn’t pose the same way now, but I’d choose to leave a few feet more room between myself and the first edge.

Please be careful when posing on Angels Landing and never do anything you don’t feel comfortable with, especially in pursuit of a good picture! You will likely be exhausted from the hike in the heat, so you won’t have the best balance or judgment. Be cautious and respect your body’s limits. Always be on the safe side.

If you have more time, be sure to check out The Narrows, a hike that can take up to a full day wading through water through a beautiful slot canyon. You can also opt to do a shorter hike and turn around before the endpoint.

We didn’t have time for this, as we were flying out of Vegas later that evening, but it’s on my bucket list for my return to Zion. There are some other shorter hikes in Zion that are also fantastic if you’re too afraid of heights to take on Angels Landing.

Recommended photo spots: the top of Angel’s Landing OR Observation Point (higher and harder hike), Emerald Pools, Watchman, the Narrows

Recommended accommodations: We stayed about 45 minutes outside of the East Ranger Station at Zion Backcountry Yurt, with insane views of the Milky Way surrounding us. Book way in advance on Airbnb (you can find it here).  

It’s also common to stay by the West Ranger Station, close to Springdale, but expect to pay a pretty penny for the privilege. The best combination of proximity, value, and high-quality amenities is at Driftwood Lodge about a mile outside the center of Springdale. Check prices, reviews, and availability here.

After Zion, head back to Vegas, return your rental, and marvel at all your photos from the trip of a lifetime!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Don’t forget to travel with travel insurance, especially on a trip involving lots of driving and hiking! You want to be covered in case of an accident or medical emergency. I use and highly recommend World Nomads for their easy purchasing, extensive coverage, and low prices. Get your free quote here.

What to Pack for a Southwest Road Trip

Not sure how to handle packing for a long road trip? I have a full guide to how to pack for a road trip, but I’ll briefly go over the essentials here!

Essentials

Car documents and license: This should be rather obvious, but you’ll need your license, car documentation, and insurance papers (both car insurance and travel insurance) ready for any road trip you take.

Travel insurance: If your road trip includes going to another state or country where you are not insured locally, you may need travel insurance in order to cover you in case of an incident. I use and recommend World Nomads.

Roadside emergency kit: If traveling with your own car, you should already have one of these kits, including (but not limited to) a reflective triangle, rain poncho and emergency blanket, safety vest and whistle, etc. If renting a car, ask if they provide one and if not, bring your own roadside emergency kit that also includes a first aid kit.

Spare tire & tire changing kit: Having a spare tire isn’t much good if you don’t have a jack or kit to change out the tire. Make sure your tire changing kit is complete (or buy your tire changing kit before you head out), and make sure you know how to use it!

Flashlight or headlamp: In case you get somewhere poorly lit after dark, have an emergency in the night, or just go on a sunset hike and need to light your way back, a flashlight or headlamp is key (and make sure to bring some extra batteries, too!) I suggest a rechargeable headlamp like this — it’s a great travel must-have that I find myself using more often than I’d expect.

Car charger and phone mount: Navigating, picking tunes, taking photos: your phone battery goes fast on a road trip, so don’t forget a car charger. I like this dual purpose phone mount and charger! Don’t forget any and all USB cords you might need to for your charging needs!

A road trip playlist: I’d argue this is as essential as anything else on this list! Make sure you download it before you go so that you’re not dependent on data, as a few stretches of this Southwest road trip do go through service deserts.

Hygiene and Safety

Alcohol wipes: Be sure to bring some Lysol or alcohol wipes. These are hard to find currently in the current context, so I’d suggest buying alcohol prep pads, as these seem to be the safest source of 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes. Be a decent person and only buy one box. Do not hoard anything — these alcohol wipes are needed by many people with chronic health conditions such as diabetics. One box will more than suit your needs.

NOTE: Use alcohol wipes or prep pads ONLY on high-touch surfaces as needed and not excessively — soap and water should be your primary line of cleaning and defense. Only use these when not otherwise possible, such as when at a gas station or using a touchpad at an ATM or grocery store.

Hand sanitizer: Sources of hand sanitizer and soap cannot always be guaranteed, and there may be times where it is difficult or less safe to go to a public restroom. It’s better to try to source hand sanitizer in a store from a trusted brand, but in the absence of that being possible, this brand available online looks to be safe, FDA-approved, and with a high-enough level of ethyl alcohol to be safe.

Spare liquid soap: Liquid or bar soap should be chosen over hand sanitizer whenever you have access to water. It’s safer and easier to get ahold of proper soap. Some gas stations, park bathrooms, etc. may not be well-attended, so bring some spare liquid soap with a locking top or a bar of soap in a Ziploc baggie just in case. Be sure to wash your hands for 30-40 seconds, including every part.

Face mask: When in places where distancing is not possible, you will need to wear a face mask to keep yourself and fellow humans safe. I suggest KN94s as opposed to cloth masks when possible, as these offer you (and your fellow humans) the most protection. They’re the Korean equivalent of the N95, and they work quite well. Unfortunately, the N95 is still in short supply and should be reserved for health care workers, unless you’re lucky enough to already have your own personal supply of N95s from a previous need.

Extra water: Be sure to have a few gallons of extra water in your car for emergencies — especially since this road trip through the Southwest covers a lot of harsh desert climates. Whether it’s replacing the water to cool down your engine or emergency drinking water if you’re stranded, it’s a cheap and simple thing to add to your road trip packing list with no downside.

Extras

Snacks: I fully believe the adage “It doesn’t matter how old you get, buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised 9-year-old was given $100.” Pro tip: mix salty and sweet — too much of one or the other is a no go. I like having things like KIND bars, trail mix, chips when I need something salty, RXBar protein bars, etc. for my trip

Toilet paper or Kleenex: Good for poorly stocked roadside bathrooms or other emergency needs.

Basic medicines: Any prescription medicine you need, plus motion sickness tablets, ibuprofen/paracetamol, and Pepto-Bismol tablets for upset stomachs.

Rehydration packets: I always pack some rehydration packets with me on my travels as I’m prone to getting dehydrated and getting headaches, and they’re a lifesaver. I recommend these ones.

Travel towel: Great for a quick dip, toweling off after a rain storm, having a spare towel in case of a poorly stocked hotel or Airbnb, a microfiber travel towel is a road trip must pack.

Bug spray: So necessary in the summer months! I love this lemon eucalyptus-based mosquito repellent. If I get any bites, I use this After Bite itch eraser, which instantly soothes mosquito bites.

Sunscreen: Did you know you should always wear sunscreen while driving? The windshield doesn’t protect you against all UV rays — while they protect against UVB rays (which cause sunburn), most do not block UVA rays, which cause aging and skin cancer. This is the sunscreen I use on my face daily, and I use a cheaper basic sunscreen for my skin. No matter your skin tone or race, you need sunscreen!

Lip balm with SPF: I love this key lime-flavored Sun Bum chapstick!

Sunglasses: Bring your favorite sunglasses plus a cheap spare pair as backup — driving without sunglasses = absolute misery.

Travel pillow: If you have someone to divvy up driving duty with, this is a comfortable must-have for kicking back and enjoying your time off! I like this cozy memory-foam travel pillow, because it comes with an eye mask if you want to take a quick nap!

Battery pack: The Anker external battery pack is a travel must. While you can charge your phone while driving, you may want to charge other devices — a camera, someone else’s phone, portable speakers, an e-reader — as well.

Insulated travel mug: A Contigo travel mug is leakproof and pretty much indestructible — and they’re inexpensive to boot. This one is vacuum-insulated and fits standard cupholders easily, great for early morning coffee to power up your road trip. It’ll also be a good thing to bring along on any sunrise hike to keep you warm!

Refillable water bottle: Get a refillable water bottle and either refill it from your extra-large water containers mentioned above or fill up in sinks and fountains along the way. This one is insulated, stainless steel, and convenient to drink from

Day pack: This Osprey day pack is a perfect size. Plus, it’s designed by a company that specializes in ergonomic solutions for backpackers and multi-day trekkers, so you know it’ll be comfortable.

Camera: For years, I’ve relied on my Sony A6000 to take nearly-professional quality images, and the photos you see in this post were almost exclusively taken on this camera! I truly believe this camera is the perfect middle-ground above a smartphone yet below the 5-figure kits that most photographers use. Don’t forget extra memory cards – I only use 64GB Sandisk memory cards.

Toiletries

Wet wipes: These biodegradable wet wipes are easy on the environment and your skin, with aloe vera and Vitamin E.

Vaseline: For fixing flyaway hairs to helping chapped or burned lips to soothing hands or chub-rubbed thighs (ladies, if you know, you know)… I always make sure I travel with Vaseline!

Haircare: Whatever you need to travel with. I just bring a brush and hair ties and shampoo, but your hair needs may be different than mine!

Other basic toiletries: Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, razor, shaving cream, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, face wash, any sort of face cleansing or anti-acne products, moisturizer, body lotion, makeup, etc.

Clothing

Hiking Clothes: Depending on the time of year you do this Southwest road trip, you’ll want to bring either shorts or leggings, long-sleeve or short-sleeve hiking clothes.

Jeans and Ts: Good for non-hiking days and just basic walking-around-town days.

Comfortable hiking shoes: Absolutely necessary for tougher hikes and strongly recommended for even shorter hikes like Angel’s Landing. While tennis shoes may work, hiking shoes are safer.

Sandals: Great for being able to kick them on and off in the car and suitable for shorter walks to observation points, overlooks, etc. I use Birkenstocks.

Rain jacket: It does rain even in the desert! I love the Marmot PreCip rain jacket (there’s a women’s version and a men’s version) and I actually used mine twice on my Southwest road trip.

Dress up clothes: In case you want to have a few nice meals out, you’ll want to bring some nicer clothes as well.

11 Most Unique Airbnbs in Wyoming

Wyoming is a state known for its intense natural beauty, home to two of the most renowned national parks in the United States: Yellowstone and Grand Teton.

The entire Wyoming area is rich is beauty, though, beyond the area around Jackson Hole which is the center of much of the tourism in the state.

This guide to where to stay in Wyoming includes quirky and beautiful Wyoming Airbnbs all over the state for all budgets.

These Airbnbs in Wyoming range from log cabins made from reclaimed wood to renovated sheepwagons to baller penthouse suites in Jackson Hole. Truly, there is something for every one and every budget in the Cowboy State.

Wyoming Airbnbs in Cody

Unique Handcrafted Log Cabin

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Sometimes a name just says it all: this Wyoming Airbnb is just that.

This handcrafted log-cabin-style barn is all made for reclaimed and rescued wood, so it’s a very eco-friendly construction. Even the logs themselves that make up the barn have a history: they were created from the first cedar phone poles that were erected from the logs that were cut down when the Buffalo Bill dam was created!

It’s beautifully rustic yet well-designed to be perfectly comfortable for days even in the rough Wyoming winter!

The main floor consists of an open floor plan with a kitchen, living room, and dining room all assembled together so members of the family can be in different parts of the house yet all feel together, even if they’re doing different things.

There are windows all over the main floor, so you can watch wildlife through the window, including beautiful bald eagles flying along the Shoshone River.

Meanwhile, there’s a second floor with two bedrooms and a loft area, as well as a full bathroom (in addition to the one on the main floor).

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Past guests say:

“This place will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF! It’s so dang beautiful and in such a picturesque setting! And these hosts are the real deal. They strive to make your stay second-to-none. Don’t mess up and stay in regular ole Cody. The Barn is a haven from crowds and all you could possibly need is at your disposal. Thanks Mike and Linda! We will be back ASAP!”

“This is an exceptional place to stay. Well cared for home is nestled in a peaceful mountain setting where you can sit on the porch after a long day and listen to the river flowing by. Highly recommended!”

Almosta Ranch Lodge

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This rustic log cabin lodge is the perfect Wyoming Airbnb for those who want a touch of the rustic Old West.

Spacious enough to comfortably house seven, this 3-bedroom cabin has a good-sized modern kitchen, a separate dining area, and an enormous living area complete with taxidermy, leather couches, antlers, and just an overall Western vibe!

Besides the spacious 2,000+-square-foot lodge with 3 bedrooms, plenty of room for a large family or group of friends, there is a large amount of ranch area to enjoy.

There’s a large pond and a small island with bridge access, as well ranch animals such as Highland cows (the fuzziest and cutest cows in existence) and Hereford cows, as well as chickens and dogs.

There’s also a vintage railcar bridge on the property and a privately-owned covered bridge. While the house itself is beautiful, the impressive grounds of this ranch are the true selling point!

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Heart Mountain Japanese Cabin

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This beautifully designed cabin in Powell, just outside of Cody, combines a classic Western location with Eastern-inspired architecture, particularly Japanese elements.

The door to the bedroom is classically Japanese, recalling a tea house with a red-gridded sliding screen door, whereas the bed is a simple, comfortable bed a step above a tatami mat but still reminiscent of the same simplicity of a traditional Japanese ryokan (rural Japanese guesthouse).

The Japanese also love their ritual bath (onsen) so you will find a full bath with an elliptical bathtub as well as a two-person shower inside the cabin, as well as a cedar-lined dry sauna room.

The Japanese cabin is located on the Big Quiet Farm Stays property, a 400-acre organic farm with plenty of space for hiking and taking in the views of the Big Horn Basin. While you could easily enjoy the solitude of the Japanese cabin as much as you like, there is also a communal firepit where you can meet others staying on the farm property.

There’s also a horseshoe pit, plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as the ability to tour the farm — one of Wyoming’s only organic farms!

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Past guests say:

“10 stars out of five. Seriously one of the best stays I’ve had. I’ve had a tough year and needed a break to clear my head. This place is unexpected in its simple luxury. The sauna and tub are such a treat. I woke to the sun rising through the big glass doors and had plenty of space for a yoga practice. Everything is thoughtfully designed. It’s a little dream… hope to return.”

“The Heart Mountain Cabin is an oasis in Wyoming. Rod encouraged us to make ourselves at home and it was easy to do in such a comfortable and serene space. The woodstove, bathtub, and sauna gave us many ways to keep warm in the chill winter weather and the large east facing windows provided wonderful natural light, that even on overcast days, negated the necessity for electric lights until sunset. It was truly a beautiful, peaceful, quiet place and we loved every minute of our time there.”

The Molesworth House

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This charming vintage-decorated house dates back to 1937. It’s kept its retro charms inspired by cowboy, Native American, and Western design elements, all while remaining modern and up-to-date.

The wooden walls make everything feel warm, cabin-y, and oh-so-cozy. There’s a great living room area to enjoy a fire around while sitting in on a cozy leather sofa or a rocking chair, as well as a full kitchen and spacious dining area.

Despite the vintage style, expect modern amenities like WiFi, A/C, and televisions in the main bedrooms.

With five bedrooms, this is a great place to stay with a group of friends, or perhaps multiple families traveling together, as everyone gets their own space.

The outdoor area is quite spacious and encompasses a covered outdoor kitchen, a farmhouse dining table that seats ten, 2 BBQ grills, a fire pit, a covered porch with patio seating, and a private yard.

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Past guests say:

“I would recommend this for large and small groups. They have everything you could ever need or want in an Airbnb. This includes location to all downtown businesses and shops. Walking distance is an understatement. The host is super respectful and very prompt to any of your needs or concerns. Using the outdoor kitchen and fire was the best. The local wildlife speaks for its self. I guarantee you will be satisfied and enjoy your time at this location. With access to Yellowstone an hour away you could not ask for a better location. And the town of Cody offers so much entertainment with great local hospitality. I will be staying here again in the future.”

“Our family loved the outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and outdoor games provided. The antiques and decor was amazing. Would definitely stay there again.”

Yurt Next to Clarks Fork of Yellowstone River

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Have you ever wanted to stay in a yurt? It’s one of my favorite types of unique accommodation!

There’s something about the round environment that makes it far more spacious-feeling than it is in terms of square footage, and this yurt in Cody is extremely charming and well-designed for the perfect Wyoming glamping experience.

Because of the yurt’s construction and lack of heating, it’s not available in the winter months, so look for this Airbnb from May through August.

The interior is really charming, with exposed cross-hatching showing the yurt’s construction, and furniture and rugs that complement the colors of the yurt.

The kitchen is small but well-appointed, perfect for making some meals which the group can enjoy together around the five-person dining table.

There are 3 beds sleeping a total of five people, so it’s great for a family of 5 or a group of five friends that don’t mind bunking up in a few of the beds.

However, do note that because it’s a yurt, there’s no bathroom inside the yurt itself, but rather an outhouse extremely close by. It’s fit with an Incinolet toilet and an outdoor shower (which is private and closed off).

If an outhouse icks you out, this isn’t the Airbnb for you! But if it sounds like the beginning of a fun adventure, you won’t regret staying in this charming Cody Airbnb.

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Past guests say:

“The Yurt is so great! We came for three nights while seeing Yellowstone and hiking the Beartooth Mountains and could not have asked for a better place to stay. It was our first time in a Yurt and our only regret was that we didn’t stay longer! JuliaKay is a great host and makes incredible breakfasts!”

“We loved our stay in the yurt! It was the perfect launching spot for our Yellowstone/Montana travels, and just the right amount of ‘roughing it’ for our family. The yurt is well equipped and clean. JuliaKay is a great host! My only word of advice would be bring lots of bug spray- the area is beautiful, but more mosquitoes than I anticipated. Highly recommend!

Wyoming Airbnbs in Jackson Hole

Baitshop Cabin

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The Baitshop Cabin is the perfect Airbnb in Jackson: not too basic, not too luxe. The house strikes the perfect balance between rustic and modern with its vintage-feeling furniture and coordinated color palette.

On top of being spacious, the living room area features a fireplace, and the extra bathrooms are a much-needed bonus considering the house’s six-guest capacity. The price is a bit high, but split between a large party, it can be more than reasonable.

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Boasting large windows and sliding doors that connect to the deck, the Baitshop Cabin is sure to be bright and lively throughout the day. Speaking of the deck, this is a great place to sit back and enjoy the view of Snow King and the surrounding neighborhood.

Skiers will especially appreciate this resort, thanks to how close it is to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort.

If that’s not your scene, worry not – you’ll be within walking distance of Jackson’s Town Square, giving you plenty of places to shop, dine, and wine, as well as an easy drive from Grand Teton National Park or even Yellowstone National Park just a bit further away.

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Past guests say:

“We really enjoyed staying in the cabin. It was very clean and well kept with great wifi. It is also in a fabulous location—walking distance to many stores and restaurants!”

“Wonderful location, very clean, comfy beds. Would definitely book again!”

Pearl at Jackson

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This incredible house puts the extra in extravagant with its stunning design that’ll keep you coming back to this Airbnb in Jackson year after year!

The main living area features stylish furniture with just a hint of vintage – it comes equipped with a fireplace, designer chairs, a guitar, and plenty of windows that keep the place bright and add to the amazing atmosphere.

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While some Airbnbs in Jackson may boast two bathrooms, The Pearl has two full-blown baths, and you can see Jackson and the surrounding mountains in the best light from the third-floor deck.

What’s more, you’ll have access to a fitness area, spa, and an on-site restaurant. Then there’s the outdoor hot tub – completely private and with stunning views of Snow King Ski Resort.

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Past guests say:

“Such a nice place for a get away! Love the hot tub on the balcony! Great space!”

“This was a great place for us to stay! Conveniently located to town…we were able to walk everywhere. Gorgeous views, stylish space and great for two couples or a family. The kitchen had everything that we needed to eat meals in. We would definitely stay here again!”

Adobe at Moosehead Cabin

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This beautiful log cabin with Western inspiration located in Jackson Hole is the perfect escape, winter or summer.

The crown jewel of this beautiful luxury cabin is its great room: combining the living room, dining area, and kitchen into one open-flow room that’s insanely spacious and inviting, centered around a grand fireplace.

The windows are huge, streaming in natural light into the main level of the house. The lower level contains the home’s two bedrooms, with gorgeous mountain views. The master room includes an en-suite bath with a deep soaking tub with separate shower. The second room contains either two twin beds or it can be converted into a king bed upon request of the property. This room also has a private bathroom, with his-and-hers sinks and a shower and a tub.

The outdoor spots are plentiful as well. There’s a stone terrace on the lower level for enjoying a cup of coffee with a mountain view, whereas the upper wooden deck has a gas grill, hot tub, and picnic table.

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Past guests say:

“Great location and amenities. The kitchen had everything that we needed, and the hot tub was perfect!”

“The Adobe is the perfect place for family fun and relaxation. It has incredible views of the mountains, close to town and tons of things to do. Very stylish on the inside with plenty of room and great amenities, I would recommend to anyone wanting to go on a Jackson Hole trip.”

Wyoming Airbnbs in Buffalo

U2 Horse Glamping

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This lovely 20-are property is located on Rock Creek, where they run a fishing camp in the summer months. The property is home to one yurt, built on a platform right in front of the pasture where horses graze.

So if you want to wake up to views of horses grazing right outside your glamping tent windows, this is exactly the place!

This glamping tent is 14 by 16 and fits a large queen bed with a memory foam mattress, as well as two side tables, interior lights, and a patio space.

Note that the glamping tent does not have a private toilet, but there is a camp toilet as well as a sun shower (outdoors but private) available.

Families will love the smaller tipi-style tent space with cots and pads, where up to 3 kids can play, relax, and even sleep away from their parents if the parents want the glamping tent to themselves.

There’s also a charcoal grill on-site for grilling and plenty of space to enjoy an outdoor meal in the summer.

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Past guests say:

“Super cute little glamp! We watched the horses and mules in the morning while having our coffee. It was nice to let our Aussie run free for a bit too!”

“Claudia’s place is lovely. I was there only one night. I wish I could have stayed longer. Sat outside the tent watching turkeys roost in the tree nearby. It was perfect. Best sleep I’ve had in a long while.”

Wyoming Airbnbs in Casper

Geodesic Dome Cabin

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Have you ever wanted to stay in a geodesic dome house? Well, in this gorgeous mountainside Wyoming Airbnb, you can do just that!

This geodesic dome house is the perfect winter escape, located right on groomed snowmobile trails which you can access by snowmobile, snowshoe, or cross-country skis.

In the winter, you’ll need to trek in the 1.6 miles on a snowmobile (or skis or snowshoes!). In summer, though, it’s an easy road to drive in as long as your car has decent clearance.

This beautiful dome cabin is located on 2 acres of mountainous land, and the Airbnb includes a main floor, a lofted room, and a deck. There’s a full kitchen, cplete with oven, stove, microwave, and coffee pot, as well as a dining area for enjoying meals as a group.

The loft can hold up to two air mattresses (sleeping 4 people), whereas the main floor has a queen sleeper sofa. Use your discretion as to whether a loft is suitable for children.

While there is electricity and running water, due to the remoteness of the location, the water isn’t potable, so be sure to bring your own water for drinking and cooking.

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Past guests say:

“A great place set in a very primitive setting. The Dome comes with some nice amenities making for a perfect place to relax or explore.”

“We wanted to immerse ourselves in the mountains and the dome exceeded our expectations. If you are traveling in winter, it is worth every penny to rent the ATV. Expect to have a beautiful sunrise in a cozy dome when you stay here. Hosts are very helpful!”

Wyoming Airbnbs in Saratoga

Highline Camp Sheepwagon

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Staying in a sheepwagon? Trust me, it’s not half-baad — at least according to nearly 200 reviews giving it an average of 4.9/5 stars!

If you can forgive the awful pun, I’ll show you why this is one of the most unique Airbnbs in Wyoming worth staying in!

Yes, it’s rustic, and yes, that’s kind of the point! This is a restored sheep wagon with a bed, propane heater, and propane cooking stove. Drinking water and a outdoor BBQ grill are available to use, as well as patio chairs and an outdoor table for enjoying a meal by the reservoir.

It’s the perfect place to unwind and unplug, as there’s no electricity or running water, and definitely no WiFi! There are, however, games, candles, and books, so you can make a cozy night in of it without worrying about getting bored… so long as you have a great book or a good conversation partner!

It’s on a working 4,000-acre cattle ranch, so you’ll absolutely feel at peace. There’s also a reservoir which the sheep wagon is right in front of, where you can fish for trout or go out on their paddle boat or swim in the summer.

Too cold for a swim? If you want to go for a little hot springs dip, Saratoga has mineral hot springs open day and night just 15 minutes away from the ranch!

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Past guests say:

“The view is spectacular and the serenity of the reservoir is beautiful. I was surprised how comfortable the bed in the Sheepwagon was and also how warm I was in the morning under all the quilts! I opened the window to the most beautiful sunrise. The Sheepwagon is equipped with so many amenities to make a perfect night… candles, books, coffee, games, even a mirror!! I loved going in town to eat and hold conversation with some locals and learn more about Wyoming! Wonderful unique stay!!!”

“Clean, RUSTIC, awesome location on the pond. Cindy brought us breakfasts (surprise!) both Mornings. We were left to ourselves in the space which was nice. Very romantic getaway or great for an artist/writer looking for some peace!”

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Best Idaho Airbnbs: 12 Unique Places to Stay in Idaho

If you’re looking for some places to stay in Idaho while you’re traveling around the state on a road trip, we’ve got you covered with this post!

There are some really great Airbnb options in Idaho all over the state, and we’ve tried to spread our picks for where to stay in Idaho in Airbnbs all around the state.

From Teton County at Grand Teton’s backdoor to quirky picks in the capital city of Boise to houseboats on Lake Coeur d’Alene and luxe cabins in McCall, and oh yeah — a giant potato — here are the most lovely and unique Airbnbs in Idaho!

The 12 Best Airbnbs in Idaho

Idaho Airbnbs in Teton County

Yur-Treat

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This gorgeous Idaho Airbnb takes glamping to the next level in a location near Grand Teton National Park on the Idaho side of the border.

The interior of the yurt is adorable, with lots of exposed wooden detailings and a large wooden bed that positively invites you to sleep and have the sweetest dreams.

This yurt is fairly off-grid, so do be prepared to rough it a little bit. There’s no electricity or WiFi or running water, but it is quite cozy.

A warm wood stove is provided as with firewood, and a propane heater is also provided if you’re traveling in the winter months (bring your own propane tanks, however.) The hosts also recommend bringing a warm sleeping bag in the winter.

There are two outhouses available located a short distance from the yurt, but it’s a strictly BYO TP affair. There is a solar shower available in the summer, though it’ll be too cold to use in the winter.

Outdoors, you can enjoy a fire pit and a picnic table for fun outdoor meals and sundowners.

Pets are permitted with a maximum of two pets, with an additional $10 per pet fee.

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Colorful Glamping Tent

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If you’re looking for a colorful and quirky glamping spot in Idaho near Grand Teton, Valley Village’s glamping tents are a perfect choice!

They combine comfort, color, and location to create the perfect summer stay on a reasonable budget given all the amenities and location.

The tents are spacious and comfortable, fitting a large queen bed, a comfortable sofa with colorful throw pillows, a coffee table, and even a full bathroom with shower in the glamping tent itself — no outhouse here!

Also, these glamping tents aren’t off-grid: they have electricity, A/C, working lights, a mini-fridge, heating, and a heated blanket in case you’re brave enough to glamp in winter!

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Northern Idaho Airbnbs

Nostalgic Fire Lookout

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This gorgeous mountain lookout is the perfect tiny house Idaho Airbnb escape, modeled after the historic fire lookout that the state is famous for. Note that due to its location in the mountains, it’s only open between May and October.

However, it’s definitely more comfortable and up-to-date than your standard fire lookout, with amenities like a modern kitchen, cool helix spiral staircase connecting the two levels, and a bathroom in the tiny house itself as opposed to an outhouse.

This is a great getaway for couples looking to get away from it all, as it’s far from virtually all civilization (save for the occasional passing train in the valley below).

This Idaho Airbnb is unfortunately not kid or pet-friendly, as the spiral staircase poses a potential danger, so they are not permitted.

That said, couples or friends (or hell, even indulgent solo travelers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life!), though, this place is a paradise where you can cook elaborate meals, wake up to views of the beautiful forest, and sit in a secluded hot tub watching forest wildlife go about their business.

The house comes with plenty of entertainment options to keep you busy — as if you’d need entertainment with those views! There’s a smart TV in the bedroom, WiFi, a telescope, and a vintage record player with tons of classic albums.

There’s also a wood-burning stove and a wood pellet grill to get cozy on cool mountain nights, so bring some cozy clothes and get ready for the Idaho Airbnb getaway of a lifetime!

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Couer d’Alene Houseboat

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This lovely houseboat on Lake Couer d’Alene is the perfect Idaho Airbnb for people who not only want to be one with nature, but literally in nature!

This houseboat is great for groups of families as it is able to sleep six. There’s a bathroom on the boat that’s fully connected, including a shower, and there is a full kitchen so you can have a delicious cookout on the lake – preferably with fresh-caught fish from the lake!

There’s also a spacious outdoor area as part of the houseboat that’s a private deck for you to enjoy, a great place for a meal on a warm summer evening.

There is a comfortable master bedroom, a smaller lofted room with two twin beds (perfect for kids), and the dining/living area converts to fourth bed if needed to sleep six.

Just be aware that this is a houseboat on a lake, and as a result, there may be some movement — so if you have severe motion sickness, this is not the best Idaho Airbnb to choose! Do note, though, that the boat is moored and you’re unfortunately not allowed to take it for a spin.

The area is absolutely fantastic for outdoor activities! You can birdwatch and keep an eye out for bald eagles — CDA has one of the largest populations of bald eagles in the United States!

There are also water toys available for use, such as a water trampoline, launch pads, standup paddleboards, inflatable rafts, kayaks, and canoes. Just note that these are shared with cabin guests so you may not get. your pick of exactly what you want, but they are available.

There’s also a picnic table, BBQ area, and firepit available to use on the beach of the lake. This is the perfect Idaho Airbnb if you want your home to be the ultimate getaway and not need to travel far for anything once you arrive!

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Crystal Peak Lookout

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This ultra-cozy converted fire lookout is now the ultimate treehouse experience — and best of all, it’s pet-friendly!

If you’re looking for an Idaho Airbnb where you can indulge in sweet solitude, you can enjoy 13 gorgeous acres of forest, sharing the land only with starry skies, owls, bluebirds, and the occasional moose — plus whoever you bring, of course.

Note that you’ll need a 4WD car to access the lookout even in the best weather, and in the winter, it’s even more of an adventure!

Starting around late October, snow can make the roads impassable. You’ll need to go by snowmobile or you can hire their vintage 1960s Snocat with driver for $100 for the day, who will take you all over the snow-covered forest and take care of transporting luggage and food. They’ll also give you a free sled and snowshoes to enjoy exploring the area!

They’ll also bring you some gourmet hot cocoa (with or without Baileys!) and you can enjoy the wood-fired stove and a wood sauna to warm up in — before you jump in the snow to cool off!

One thing to note is that the lookout doesn’t have a bathroom in the lookout itself but rather an outhouse nearby, so if you’re unable to handle lots of stairs (or don’t want to handle navigating stairs at night for a middle-of-the-night pee), this may not be the Idaho Airbnb for you!

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Idaho Airbnbs in McCall

Upscale Lodge with Two Hot Tubs

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This is the absolute ultimate Airbnb in Idaho for large groups: this monstrous cabin near McCall, Idaho can fit a whopping 16 people and sleep them well, spread across 14 beds to choose from!

This is great for groups of friends as well as several families traveling together, and when you have a nearly full group, the price tag can be quite reasonable for the property.

There are so many rooms of the cabin that it’s almost overwhelming! There is a large living room with a gorgeous fireplace surrounded by plush leather couches, the perfect place for watching movies on the flatscreen TV over the crackling fire or having drinks around the fireplace at night.

There’s a gourmet kitchen and a large dining area perfect for group dinners, and my favorite feature, a large game room with all sorts of activities available for the group to avail themselves of, including pool, ping-pong, foosball, and shuffleboard!

There’s also an entire theater room for watching movies with your group, cinema-style, with a 75″ TV!

Of course, there’s also the gorgeous outdoor Idaho surroundings to enjoy no matter the time of year. There are several porch areas with chairs to enjoy watching the snowfall or the stars above.

There is also not one, but two, hot tubs to make use of — one for 8 people as well as a private 2 person tub off the master bedroom — as well as fire pit for gathering around and toasting s’mores and enjoying drinks no matter the time of year.

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Custom Built Luxury Cabin with Hot Tub

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For the ultimate group getaway in Idaho, this delightful Idaho cabin in McCall ticks all the boxes.

It’s incredibly spacious and its setting right off of Payette Lake in McCall means that while you could certainly enjoy your Idaho Airbnb for your entire stay, there’s a whole host of natural activities just beyond your fingertips.

The interior of the cabin is delightfully rustic in a way that just screams “cabin vibes only”. It’s done in a log-cabin style, yet a lot of the fixtures are extremely modern, so nothing feels dated and you won’t lack for any creature comforts.

There are two bedrooms but also an additional lofted area with plenty of extra beds so every member of the family or group can have their little corned carved away to enjoy.

The property also has plenty of amenities to enjoy on the property itself, including a heated hot tub perfect for enjoying in any season and a BBQ grill perfect for summer cookouts (or winter grill sessions, if you’re brave!).

There’s also WiFi and a home office to use in case any member of the group needs to catch up on some work while enjoying some time out in the country, so you’re not off-grid!

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Bed in a Barn

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For a no-frills place to stay in McCall on a budget, don’t worry — you won’t be priced out of the area if you have a lower budget, and there are plenty of great Airbnbs nearby to choose from.

One such option is the lovely “Bed in a Barn,” a simple name for a simple but lovely Idaho Airbnb in the mountains near McCall.

Admittedly, the interior is a little plain, but it’s still a cozy and comfortable place to lay your head at night without breaking the bank.

There’s a lovely balcony deck to enjoy coffee, tea, or a glass of wine and watch the wildlife and mountain scenery pass you by. This is a great place to relax and unwind — cell service is not available, although there is WiFi and a landline if you need it, so you’re not totally off-grid.

There is a small kitchenette you can use, including a microwave, coffee-maker, mini-fridge, and toaster oven. However, there’s no stove-top or oven, so keep that in mind when planning for meals if you are dining in the Airbnb and not in town.

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Idaho Airbnbs in Boise

The 36th Street Urban Yurt

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This cozy yurt is the perfect offbeat place to stay in Boise, Idaho for a group of up to six people looking for a unique place to stay.

The yurt is cozy and traditional with lots of fun colorful and modern design elements such as Tibetan prayer flags, colorful rugs and chairs, and a wood-fired stove for comfort on cooler nights and days.

The yurt comes equipped with electricity and WiFi, so you don’t have to fully disconnect to enjoy a slice of the nomad life!

But perhaps the best thing about this yurt is its dreamy location. It’s in the heart of Boise, yet it has access to the Cougar Trail right on the property, so you can be hiking in mere minutes.

Meanwhile, if you want to stay closer to home, there’s a large outdoor area where you can enjoy a picnic table, park benches, and a covered gondola area, enjoyable any time of year but especially beautiful when Boise’s vibrant fall colors come out in full force.

The property being a yurt, however, it’s important to note that the bathroom is not located in the yurt itself.

However, don’t expect an outhouse — the bathroom is straight-up luxurious: we’re talking a clawfoot bathtub with a bath rack for enjoying a glass of wine and a book while you soak!

The bathroom is located just across the yard in the back of a detached shop area (flashlight provided for middle-of-the-night access), and it’s private for just yurt use.

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Big Idaho Potato Hotel

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Have you ever found yourself wishing, gee, I wish I could spend the night in a potato? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

It may not be something that was on your Idaho bucket list beforehand, but come on, there’s something delightful about getting to say yes, I spent the night in a giant 6-ton Idaho potato on an actual farm, and it was surprisingly stylish and dare I say, even hip?

The outside may be delightfully kitschy and rural, but the interior is utterly modern, with an almost Scandinavian sensibility in its color palette and pared-down design elements, enlivened by a bit of mid-century modern touches.

Really, who knew potatoes could be straight up elegant?

If you’re wondering where that Idaho potato Airbnb fits a bathroom… well, it doesn’t, but there’s an outhouse in a converted grain silo just a few feet away. And trust me, it’s a lot more luxurious than it sounds (though I guess that wouldn’t be hard).

The bathroom is just as chic and design-focused as the interior of the potato, with a soaking tub, sculptural chandelier elements, and lots of greenery to make the bathroom feel like a little spa on your Idaho farm.

Plus, the benefits of being on a farm is that you can say hello to all the cute animals on the farm, including the pet cow Dolly: her kisses come included!

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SweetPea Tiny Home with Luxury Bath

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Am I the only person on earth who would book an Airbnb strictly based on a bathtub? Because that’s truly the case with me and the SweetPea tiny home!

I mean, how dreamy is this bath setup?

My bathtub obsession aside, SweetPea has a ton more to offer.

It’s not an apartment but rather a fully detached tiny house, so you don’t have to worry about loud neighbors blasting music through the walls, and you’ll also enjoy distancing and privacy in a way that’s rare in an urban environment.

The prices are absurdly affordable for a house this beautiful and well-designed, and design isn’t the only thing this smartly-decorated tiny house offers.

The kitchen is delightfully large for such a small space, and the colorful kelly green cabinets bring a spark of joy to the otherwise rather neutral color palette of white and wood details.

A small dining nook makes enjoying a romantic meal for two a breeze in this charming Boise Airbnb.

Meanwhile, the bedroom is lush and inviting, with tons of soft blankets and pillows that practically beg you to curl up for an afternoon nap.

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Western Idaho Airbnbs

Restored 1909 Train Car

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If you have someone in your life who loves trains (or you’re that someone and you’re looking to treat yourself) — this is the perfect Idaho Airbnb!

It’s also a great choice for anyone who is a little old-fashioned or into history and dreams of riding the Orient Express and living in another era, as this train car dates back to 1909 but has been beautifully refurbished to be a comfortable and truly stylish Airbnb in Western Idaho.

The interior of the train car combines elements that are classic to the form, such as rounded vaulted ceilings, smallish bathrooms, and rooms organized in a narrow, long layout.

But it also adds a touch of vintage elegance that is still decidedly modern as opposed to fussy and frilly. The feel is like an upscale B&B.

The main living area of the train Airbnb keeps truest to form, preserving its many windows and adding elements like colorful painted trim and vintage lighting to give you that true turn-of-the-century feel, while also having all the modern comforts you’d expect from an Idaho Airbnb.

Plus, it’s location near the border with Washington make it easy to day trip to delightful places like Palouse Falls or sample wines in the Lewis and Clark Valley.

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7 Delightful Dog-Friendly Hikes Near Denver

So, you’re here because you have a hunger for adventure. We love to see it! Whether you’re a Denver native or a tourist planning a future trip or currently visiting the area, we’ve got some great, dog-friendly options for you!

Boasting vivid landscapes of forests, mountains, mesas, high plains, plateaus, canyons, desert lands and rivers, Colorado is one of the most beautiful states of the southwestern United States.

Denver, the capital and most popular city, is known as the “Mile High City” because its official elevation measures at exactly one mile above sea level! (Bet you tourists didn’t know that one!)

This means that hikes near Denver require a little extra stamina due to the lower oxygen levels at elevation, so don’t be surprised if a hike marked as ‘easy’ ends up leaving you feeling a little winded! It’s just one thing to prepare for before visiting Denver.

Denver is where the great outdoors, and Mama Earth, meet urban and artsy sophistication. What people adore about this treasure of a city is that, as mentioned, it offers the best of both worlds. Denver’s an outdoor city with renowned cultural attractions.

It’s got buzzing craft breweries for you beer-drinkers (pun intended,) chef-driven dining your tastebuds will come to worship, bumping music scenes for the dancing folk, and the Rocky Mountains just around the corner.

Alright, you’ve been let in on our little secret: We love this city.

What’s one of the best ways to experience it, you ask? Day hikes.

A day hike refers to a hike that can be completed in a day. (Yeah, nothing gets past you, huh?)

No, really, that may sound obvious but knowing hiking lingo is quite important for this hobby or pastime. Hiking for multiple days, for example, is referred to as backpacking.

The common rule of thumb is that the average hiking extraordinaire can generally walk between 2.5 and 3.5 miles per hour. So, with that estimation in mind, a trained walker can walk up to 20 to 30 miles per day.

A day hike can be any amount you can walk while the sun is up!

The Best Dog-Friendly Day Hikes in Denver

North Table Mountain

View of North Table Mountain, seen at sunset, surrounded by a small town, a mesa with a flat top.

This mountain is more of a mesa. A mesa is an isolated, flat-topped hill with steep sides. When the sun rises, you’ll see the details of its steep sides framed by the lower surrounding town of Golden, Colorado.

Trails stretch in abundance waiting for hikers, photographers and mountain bikers alike.

This is perfect for walkers who may not have tons of spare time on their hands, but are in need of a good stretch of the legs and breath of fresh air to their lungs.

The trails of Table Mountain are accessible year-round; however, it’s the most beautiful and picturesque during the spring and early summer months when flowers start to bloom.

In their unique and unruly wildness, each petal reaches towards the sky and serves as a reminder that the loveliest things are free.

Hike Breakdown:

Distance: 2.7 – 7.7 miles

Duration: ~ 1-4 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Dogs: Leashed only

Drive Time From Denver: 25 minutes

Meyer Ranch Open Space Park

Yellow house with red shutters near the Meyer Ranch open space with evergreen trees on a hillside

Extending 30 minutes outside of Denver, Meyer Ranch offers three different hiking options. That’s what makes this spot so great, there’s something for everyone, from easy to moderate.

You’ll see meadows so big they could swallow you whole, vibrant flowers, as well as your friendly neighborhood deer and elk.

Bonus activities here include going on a mountain bike ride or picnic. It’s a fantastic area in Aspen Park and the relatively new ramada makes the perfect spot to bust out the snacks for a picnic!

Additionally, if you’re stopping by during the winter, there are perfect hills for sledding!

We’ve mapped out three dog-friendly hikes near Denver in Meyer Ranch below!

Hike Breakdown:

Distance: 2.4 – 4.8 miles round trip

Duration: ~ 1 – 2.5 hours round trip

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Dogs: Leashed only

Drive Time From Denver: 30 minutes

Hike Options in Meyer Ranch

Lodgepole Loop (3 miles / Moderate)

Directions:

Owl’s Perch Trail South

Straight left down to next junction →
Continue right to the Lodgepole Loop for 1.2 miles →
Arrive back to Owl’s Perch Trail
Going left will bring you back to the parking lot

Sunny Aspen Trail Loop (3 miles / Moderate)

Directions:

Owl’s Perch Trail South
Straight left down to next junction →
Continue right to the Lodgepole Loop for 0.6 miles →
Take right onto Sunny Aspen Trail for 0.8 miles to return to Lodgepole Loop
Going left will bring you back to the parking lot

Old Ski Run Trail (4.8 miles / Moderate)

Directions:

Owl’s Perch Trail South
Straight left down to next junction for .2 mile →
Go left onto the Sunny Aspen Trail for .5 mile →
Arrive at Old Ski Run Trail
The Ski Run trail loops 2 miles out and back →
Return the way you came via Sunny Aspen Trail

Chautauqua in Boulder

Three peaks showing a cliff face of granite, covered in evergreen trees, with yellow and bright green grass in the foreground, on an overcast day hiking near Denver.

The Chautauqua Trail has 1,747 reviews and 4.5 stars on one single trail review site. So, yeah, you could say it’s a crowd favorite!

This heavily trafficked hike leads to many other popular trails such as the Royal Arch and Flat Irons. So, if you’re just getting started at the end of the Chautauqua, you can always hit one of the other treks as well!

On the Chautauqua, you can expect a lot of width, a little incline, and a boatload of wildflowers, vistas, and views of the rugged Flat Irons.

Fun (historical) fact: This is the only Chautauqua west of the Mississippi River that continues in unbroken operation since the peak of the Chautauqua Movement of the 1920s.

Hike Breakdown:

Distance: 3.6 miles

Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Dogs: Leashed Only

Drive Time From Denver: 35 minutes

South Boulder Peak

Yellow grass with light snow on the ground, a scattering of evergreen trees on the ground, with a triangular mountain peak, with a partly cloudy sky.

We needed to have a difficult one on the list for all you weathered day-hikers!

South Boulder Peak will demand a lot out of you! It’s a 3.7-mile hike one way nestled above the South Mesa.

In the famous Flatirons, near Boulder, hikers can also hit Bear Peak and return through the Fern Canyon for an 8.7-mile loop.

If a tiring (but, rejuvenating!) thrill is what you seek, South Boulder Peak is just that. You’ll be stunned by the views. Don’t take our word for it.

Hike Breakdown:

Distance: 7.4 miles round trip or 8.7 mile loop

Duration: ~ 3 – 5 hours

Difficulty: Difficult

Dogs: Leashed Only

Drive Time From Denver: 45 minutes

Tips for Day Hiking Near Denver

Red rock covered in a green mossy sheen, with hiking path visible in the distance, on a hike near Denver

Day hikes are fantastic for beginner hikers to hone in on and build up their skills, no matter how newfound those may be.

The key takeaway I want to imprint on new day hikers is this: Research, research, research. Find trails that are well-marked, well-maintained, and will be easy to get to and from your stay.

You never know how tired you will be when you’re finished with the hike, and want to make sure you aren’t too far from “home.”

Be sure to study a map before you begin your trek. Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Scope out the area to consider how hard it will be for you in terms of time and energy.
  2. Make a note of water sources if you are not bringing your own. If you aren’t, be sure to bring a water filtration system like the GRAYL water bottle, which can filter any potentially contaminated water from an unmaintained source and make it perfectly safe to drink.
  3. Decide ahead of time your calculation of when to turn back and at what time. Be realistic about your energy level and also keep in mind what time during the day this will all take place, especially if it is a new spot. You don’t want to run out of daylight and get turned around!
  4. If you’re tackling a sunset hike or a sunrise hike, be sure to bring a headlamp. In fact, this is just good practice no matter what time of day you’re hiking. It’s lightweight but could save you from a nasty tumble in the dark or worse, getting disoriented, if your hike ends up being in the dark longer than you expect.
  5. Anticipate landmarks. That way, if you take a wrong turn, you’ll notice and know what to look out for.

Finally, pack a lunch so that midday you can take care of your body, soul and mind! Exercise is key, but in order to take on the challenge to your best ability, rest and nutrients are just as important… if not more important!

To piggyback on the previous point, a small sack or pack to store your food and water source will be of GREAT value to your trip. Pack smart as to not weigh yourself down but, with that, be strategic in choosing the right essentials!

Why Hike Near Denver?

Paved path with sandstone orange rock formations forming peaks in the sky

In case you run into any motivation issues while hitting that alarm button and planning to head to the trails, we’re gonna end this thang with some health benefits.

So, bring on the phenomenal benefits:

  • Reduced risk for heart disease
  • Lower stress levels
  • Enhanced mental state due to endorphins
  • Improved mood
  • Increased control over healthy weight
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Lower body fat
  • Improvement in bone density
  • Increase in coordination and flexibility
  • Enhanced connection with others
  • Better quality of life
  • Lots of that sweet, sweet Vitamin D!

So, despite your achy legs, you’re gaining countless benefits. And, in Denver?

We may be a little bit biased, but we’d say you’re combining the best activity with the best location. You. Just. Can’t. Beat. It. Folks.

We hope this guide of dog-friendly hikes in Denver was everything you needed and more, as well as the navigation, tips, tricks, and health benefits.

We’d love to hear about your Denver hiking experiences below! As well as any day hiking information you may be itching to share with us.

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10 Best Jackson Hole Airbnbs Near Grand Teton National Park

There are so many great places to stay in Jackson Hole at any time of year, for easy access to Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and so much more of wild Wyoming.

Jackson Hole is not a town so much as a region, which includes Jackson, WY as well as Teton Village, Wilson, Moran Junction, Moose, and other smaller villages and towns.

Jackson, WY is the largest city in Jackson Hole and the majority of these Jackson Hole Airbnbs are located here.

The lovely Jackson Hole mountain resort area is truly an all-season wonder, and whether you’re visiting Jackson Hole in winter for skiing and touring Grand Teton in winter, or you’re visiting Jackson Hole in the summer to tour Yellowstone and hike in Grand Teton, you’re sure to find the perfect activities to keep you busy during every day of your trip.

But what about where to stay? Luckily, the Jackson Hole Airbnb scene is full of incredible places to pick from, including cozy cabins, cute cottages, cool condos, and premium penthouses: there’s no shortage of places to stay near Grand Teton National Park in the Jackson Hole area.

While Jackson Hole is a bit of a pricy destination, you can save a bit of money by skipping the pricy ski resort in Teton Village and instead opting for one of these beautiful Jackson Hole Airbnbs that won’t break the bank.

As a bonus, having your own kitchen area means that you can do a combination of dining in and dining out, saving money on food costs as well as compared to a traditional hotel or resort stay.

Here is my curated list of the best Airbnbs in Jackson Hole: note that all these Airbnbs are near Grand Teton too, less than a 30 minute drive away!

10 Best Jackson Hole Airbnbs (Near Grand Teton NP)

Town Square Hideout 4B

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If you want a sunny, homely apartment in the Jackson area, you’d be hard-pressed to come up with anything better than this beautiful Jackson Airbnb.

Featuring luminous rooms complemented by bright, eye-catching furniture, the apartment evokes feelings of peace and serenity in a vibrant location.

This is amplified by the soothing balcony view, with nothing but green (or white, depending on the season!) whichever way you look. Just by stepping out on the beautiful street, you can get a taste of what Jackson is all about.

If you want a good hub for exploring all things Wyoming, there are few options that can top this apartment – you’ll be within walking distance of various dining and shopping venues, not to mention the variety of arches, filled to the brim with wildlife.

If you’re up for something a more challenging hike or some awesome ski slopes, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is 30 minutes away by car, and Grand Teton National Park, which is even closer, is just about the most scenic natural landmark in the Jackson area!

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Meadows Family House

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If you want to strip things back to basics, the Meadows Family House is the perfect fit for you, in all its rustic glory.

The interior features an unpretentious, decidedly cabin-like feel, courtesy of the wooden construction and earth-toned walls and furniture.

The house also features a large living room with a fireplace, as well as the always-welcome second bathroom.

The cherry (or cherries!) on top are the other amenities, namely the swimming pool, fitness area, jacuzzis, and free breakfast in the shared areas, as this Jackson Airbnb is part of the 49er Inn & Suites complex.

The house’s location in downtown Jackson makes it the perfect hub of operations if you plan on exploring the area thoroughly.

Alternatively, if you’re just here to warm your bones in a cozy house at night and hit the slopes by day, a ski shuttle is included under your already-long list of amenities at this amazing rental.

It’s worth noting that said the pool and hot tubs are shared with other 49er Inn guests, but with so many things to do, you should easily be able to find a window of time where you can enjoy them all to yourself!

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Baitshop Cabin

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You may have come to associate mountain vacations with either standard-issue mountain lodges or over-the-top luxury resorts, but the Baitshop Cabin is the perfect Goldilocks Airbnb in Jackson: not too basic, not too luxe.

The house strikes the perfect balance between rustic and modern with its vintage-feeling furniture and homogenous color palette.

On top of being spacious, the living room area features a fireplace, and the extra bathrooms are a much-needed bonus considering the house’s six-guest capacity. The price is a bit high, but split between a large party, it can be more than reasonable.

Boasting large windows and sliding doors that connect to the deck, the Baitshop Cabin is sure to be bright and lively throughout the day.

Speaking of the deck, this is a great place to sit back and enjoy the view of Snow King and the surrounding neighborhood.

Skiers will especially appreciate this resort, thanks to how close it is to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort.

If that’s not your scene, worry not – you’ll be within walking distance of Jackson’s Town Square, giving you plenty of places to shop, dine, and wine, as well as an easy drive from Grand Teton National Park or even Yellowstone National Park just a bit further away.

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King Condo

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Jackson has quite a few great Airbnbs, and the King Condo is among the top choices in the city.

Boasting a modest, yet well-furnished interior (complete with a fireplace), the condo guarantees maximum comfort year-round and a homey ambiance.

The decor is definitely more traditional than modern, but it’s an extremely comfortable space for a family who doesn’t mind pulling out the sofa bed for the kids.

Touches like the second bathroom are much appreciated, but the real highlight is the outdoor area – you can enjoy the comfortable seating around the fire pit on the deck area, as well as the large hot tub and swimming pool, the former being available no matter the season!

As part of the greater Jackson Hole Lounge complex, this rental gives you the option to mingle with your fellow guests and explore the beautiful Jackson area.

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Alpine Cottage Three

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Anyone looking to for a genuine cottage feel to their Jackson stay should quickly book up this popular Jackson Airbnb.

The homey interior has been put together with such care that you’ll genuinely feel at home here, and these sentiments will only be amplified by the breathtaking garden area (equally lovely when covered in snow!).

On top of the forest surroundings and luxurious hot tub, the house is located on the very bank of Flat Creek, a dream come true for any paddler or just someone looking to see some incredible views in any magical season.

If all of this sounds appealing and you wind up falling in love with this place, the hosts are ready and willing to negotiate a long-term stay.

Not far from the Alpine Cottages is the Town Square of Jackson, so the house offers great connectivity on top of everything else.

A short drive of just under 30 minutes is all that separates you from the iconic Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and you can drive to Grand Teton National Park in a reasonably short amount of time too.

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Downtown Jackson Resort

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What makes this lovely Jackson Airbnb stand out is its spacious interior, complete with furniture that’s both vintage and comfortable.

The name of the game here is convenience, as the house comes with both a heated garage and a double bathroom configuration for larger groups of visitors.

It’s great for a group of three couples so long as one couple doesn’t mind taking the sofa bed, or it’s perfect for two couples who want a little more privacy.

Adding to that are the abundant Snow King Resort activities, including a skating rink, night skiing options, a ski shop, and The Town Hill, a popular hangout hub for summertime visitors as it serves as a sports and entertainment venue.

It’s important to consider your location when booking a resort in a touristy area, and this rental offers the very best in that regard.

You can get to downtown Jackson and a number of scenic hiking trails within minutes, and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski trails aren’t far off either. Not to mention, Grand Teton and Yellowstone are just a short drive away.

You can see the Bridger Teton National Forest from the cul de sac, just awaiting hiking or snowshoeing adventures!

Alpine Cottage Four

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Part of the same complex as the above Alpine Cottage, the specs and design of this Jackson Airbnb are a little different, which make it perfect for design-loving travelers.

This cottage features extremely cozy furniture (think lots of lush details and plush, thick-knit blankets) and plenty of space for up to 6 guests to get around.

The highlight is arguably the garden area, though – stepping out onto the deck, you’ll have access to a hot tub and ample sun-lit seating, as well as direct access to Flat Creek, just literal seconds from your bedroom.

This is the type of Airbnb you’ll wish could be your home away from home, and a long-term arrangement is negotiable should you grow to love this place!

Adding to the already-impressive list of features is the cottage’s great location – with the Jackson Square only a few blocks away, you can walk to just about any spot of interest in Jackson in minutes flat. Also nearby are Grand Teton National Park, as well as Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, only 30 and 15 minutes away by car, respectively.

Pearl at Jackson

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This incredible house puts the extra in extravagant with its stunning design that’ll keep you coming back to this Airbnb in Jackson year after year!

The main living area features stylish furniture with just a hint of vintage – it comes equipped with a fireplace, designer chairs, a guitar, and plenty of windows that keep the place bright and add to the amazing atmosphere.

While some Airbnbs in Jackson may boast two bathrooms, The Pearl has two full-blown baths, and you can see Jackson and the surrounding mountains in the best light from the third-floor deck.

What’s more, you’ll have access to a fitness area, spa, and an on-site restaurant. Then there’s the outdoor hot tub – completely private and with stunning views of Snow King Ski Resort.

The downtown area is the perfect place for an Airbnb, making The Pearl an ideal pick for anyone looking to see as much of Jackson as possible – what little the White Buffalo Club itself doesn’t offer, you can reach in a matter of minutes on foot.

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White Buffalo Club Suite

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Few resorts can compare to the White Buffalo Club, and this suite is one of the ultimate ways to experience this amazing resort which you can book via Airbnb.

Featuring a spacious, well-put-together sitting and sleeping area, the suite guarantees maximum comfort and peace whenever you’re not out and about exploring.

Guests are highly encouraged to take full advantage of the abundant on-site amenities, such as the restaurant, bar, and fitness area (complete with yoga classes!)

White Buffalo Club is located in downtown Jackson, meaning anything you could want to see in the town will be mere minutes away.

Perhaps most notable is the resort’s proximity to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, two absolute must-sees for nature lovers and casual travelers alike!

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White Buffalo Club Penthouse Suite

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To stand out among all the incredible Jackson Airbnbs is no small feat, but this particular Airbnb is truly one of the best the entirety of Jackson Hole has to offer!

On top of an incredibly spacious kitchen, a piano, a cozy TV room that can sit well over the 6-guest limit, and the inviting dining room, the suite also features your very own deck on the rooftop, complete with a private hot tub.

This is the perfect spot for enjoying the view of the mountains and downtown Jackson. On top of all that, you have White Buffalo Club’s on-site amenities, namely the fitness area, spa services, bar, and steakhouse. If you’re visiting in the winter, there’s also a shuttle to take you to the slopes.

Above all else, the resort is situated in the very best part of Jackson, placing you within minutes of the best the town has to offer – the nightlife in Jackson is great, so take full advantage of your location.

Also nearby are Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, two places you don’t want to miss out on.

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The 15 Best Moab Airbnbs Near Arches National Park

Moab is one of the best places to base yourself when visiting Utah’s national parks.

Whether you’re road tripping the Southwest or sticking to a Utah road trip, no matter what, Moab simply must be on your Utah itinerary.

Its charming small town vibes combined with its proximity to two out of Utah’s Mighty 5 make it a perfect place to call your home base for a few days while traveling Utah.

Frankly, hotels in Moab are absurdly expensive for the quality, even by American standards! These Moab Airbnbs are a better option for a great place to stay that won’t break the bank.

Even better, each of these Airbnbs in Moab has its own unique character, making the place you stay a beloved part of your trip as well, more than just a roof over your head.

Here is a curated list of the best Airbnbs in Moab — which one would you choose?

Best Airbnb in Moab for Being Close to It All: Casa Moab

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If you’re looking for a resort near all the main happenings in Moab that also allows for a good night’s sleep, Casa Moab offers the best of both worlds — it’s located on a peaceful, unassuming street that’s only a stone’s throw from the bustle of Main Street!

Locations of interest in the vicinity include Slickrock Cinemas, the Moab Brewery, and Chile Pepper bike shop, as well as plenty of restaurants and shops for all your basic needs.

Casita #3 (there are 5 on the grounds, but #3 has the best decor in my opinion!) is located on the ground floor of Casa Moab, and it comes equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen, smart TV with WiFi and cable, a spacious living area, and a cozy, luxurious bedroom.

However, the outdoor facilities are where Casa Moab really shines – between the outdoor sauna, large private deck, and fire pit table, Casa Moab makes for a great place to gather all your family and friends for an afternoon of fun and a delicious outdoor meal.

If, on the other hand, you’d prefer to have a peaceful evening to yourself, Casita #3 has you covered there, too – you can take full advantage of the elegant bathroom and its walk-in shower, and use all the hot water you want!

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Casa #3 taken? Check the other casitas: Casa #1, Casa #2, or Casa #4

Best Airbnb in Moab for Quirky Design: Moab Digs

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Moab Digs has everything one would ever need – its open floor design combines its kitchen, living room, and dining room into one cohesive unit, and the bedroom comes with a king-size bed and plenty of natural light.

What sets Moab Digs apart from other apartments, however, is its unique, industrial aesthetic. The interior is dominated by shades of gray, with the occasional wooden texture, as well as warm shades of red and blue on some of the furniture and paintings – this combination of colors creates the perfect balance of sleek and simple and gives the apartment a very homey ambient.

On top of having a living room balcony, Moab Digs also has 2 patios. In keeping with the unique look of the interior, the wooden design of the patios is beautifully accented by the surrounding greenery and decorative details.

One of the patios comes equipped with a barbecue grill and is more than spacious enough for larger gatherings, and the other is elevated, providing a great view of the neighborhood.

This stylish apartment is well worth the price of admission, but those who are looking to stay for 3 nights or more get a 30% discount! And frankly, we suggest at least 3 nights in Moab to see everything you want to see, anyway!

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Best Moab Airbnb for a Romantic Getaway: Wisteria Cottage at Cali Cochitta

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The Wisteria Cottage at Cali Cochitta is a beautiful choice for couples and lovers of rustic cottage designs and colorful gardens.

The cottage is conveniently located 2 blocks from Main St, and the inside comes equipped with a well-stocked kitchen, bathroom, and a beautifully designed bedroom with a king-size bed. Guests are also provided with a cruiser bike with which to explore the town, as well as secured bike storage.

The two main draws of the Airbnb in Moab, however, are the garden area and hot tub. The green-and-pink scenery is very easy on the eyes, and thanks to the trees and vines, there is ample shade to keep you cool even on the hottest of summer days.

On top of that, the hammocks are a great place to just sit back and unwind to the sounds of the stone water feature, another detail that adds to the dream-like ambient of the location.

The garden is shared with other Cali Cochitta guests, so it makes for a beautiful place to chat with others outside.

If you’re in the market for a Moab Airbnb with an amazing view, a hot tub in pristine condition, and a beautiful interior, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option than Wisteria Cottage, especially at this price point.

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Best Moab Airbnb for Couples on a Budget: Bogie’s Bungalow

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Located in downtown Moab, Bogie’s Comfort Bungalow is an ideal getaway for a party of one or two looking for privacy on a budget.

The combination of the old-school wooden design, relaxing color scheme, and exposure to natural light gives the bungalow a distinct identity and a cozy atmosphere.

What’s more, this Moab Airbnb is a great pick if you have a furry or feathered friend you wouldn’t want to leave at home, as pets are permitted on the premises, for a small fee – you’ll even receive a complimentary gift bag with food and other accouterments your pet might need!

On top of the rooms being spotless, the hosts are very environmentally conscious, and all the cleaning supplies used by their staff are organic.

The exterior of the cabin is every bit as impressive as the interior – the cabin comes with a private patio and a personal entrance. 

Additionally, you’ll have access to a communal hot tub and barbecue grill – although you do get the cabin all to yourself, it is one of four bungalows owned by 3 Dogs & a Moose Cottages, so the areas are shared by all the guests.

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Best Airbnb for Outdoor Lovers: Red Rock Base Camp Teardrop Trailer

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For those who want to connect with nature but are looking to avoid some of the inconveniences of conventional outdoor camping, Red Rock trailers provide you with everything you could wish for, and more.

For the great price of $90 a night and up, you get a cozy, furnished trailer, as well as a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, to really take in the beauty of your campsite as you prepare your morning coffee!

What’s more, the trailer is delivered to your campsite of choice (first-come-first-serve BLM site or otherwise), sparing you the hassle of having to arrange for transportation yourself.

The delivery fee varies depending on how far you are from town, but it’s free if you’re within a 10-mile radius of Moab.  You can even bring your pet along with you, for only $35!

The trailers themselves come equipped with a cooler and 40 gallons of water, with the option of having your tanks refilled.

If you’re worried about the cold desert nights, don’t be – the combination of good insulation and propane heating is bound to keep you warm, whatever the temperature, and while the trailers themselves do not have showers, you can expect to find some at your campsite or in town.

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Best Moab Airbnb for Large Groups: Scalatore

Unique Moab Airbnb concept: a bed with a wall at the headboard showing rock paintings, with rock climbing gear and notches in the wall to try out rock climbing on.
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Scalatore is a condominium located on the top floor of La Dolce Vita Villas, and it’s a rare example of a rental in a popular tourist area that’s every bit as memorable as the local landmarks, if not more.

This unique condo, aptly named after the Italian word for “climber”, has nearly 17-feet-tall ceilings and rock climbing walls in the master bedroom, making the interior an amazing place to practice and muster up some courage for the real thing.

Adding to the atmosphere of the bedroom is the ‘headboard’ of the bed – a custom-made, rocky-desert-themed art piece that gets you into the canyoneering spirit first thing in the morning.  

If you still haven’t had enough of the high altitudes come night time, the second bedroom has 3 elevated bunk beds that turn the simple act of getting in and out of bed into an adventure – there’s even the option of sliding out of bed down a fireman pole (kids will love this, just be sure to supervise!)  

Casting the unique concept aside, though, the living and kitchen areas are very cozy and well-furnished, and the second bathroom is a welcome addition, especially if you’re taking full advantage of the space and visiting with a large group.

Additionally, Scalatore is located on Main Street, meaning this Moab Airbnb is incredibly close to every downtown locale you could possibly want to visit!

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Best Moab Airbnb for Design Lovers: Moab Flats #5

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The best rentals are ones that look and feel like a proper home, and this suite really delivers in that department – every single detail feels like it belongs, from the stylish furniture to the red-and-orange-heavy art and décor.

The outdoor area is a great place to unwind after a long day of walking around – you can cook a meal on the barbecue grill, spend an evening chatting around the fire pit, or relax as you stargaze from the comfort of the community hot tub.

In terms of location, the condo is in the very center of Moab, so you’ll have quick and easy access to quite a few stores and restaurants, and the fact that there’s a block separating you from Main Street means that you’ll still be able to get a fair bit of peace and quiet.

The Moab area is well-known for its bike trails, so cyclists will appreciate the access to bike storage and a repair station at Moab Flats.

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Best Airbnb in Moab for Peace and Quiet: Sunny Acres Cabin

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This charming cabin is the perfect retreat for couples who want to keep it simple and spend most of their time exploring the beautiful Moab area away from the crowds of Main Street.

It’s worth noting that the lack of internet and TV means that this is somewhat of an off-grid location, so this is a great pick if you’re trying to take a short break from looking at screens.

This is not to say, however, that the cabin is not well-furnished – despite its size, it manages to cover all the essentials, between the kitchenette, small bathroom, and sofa-bed. 

This is a very welcoming Airbnb in Moab – the combination of a predominantly wooden interior, cozy furniture, and abundance of natural light never fail to make guests feel at home, and you can get a great view of the mountains from the patio.

Adding to the hominess is the fact that you can bring your dogs, and the exterior of the property makes for a great place for your pet to run around and play!

The cabin is very well-connected, and options for exploration in the area are plentiful – Moab’s downtown area is just a short drive from the property, as are Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park, two beautiful spots that offer some unforgettable sights.

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Best Moab Airbnb for Small Groups: Ranch House Bungalow

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A beautiful Airbnb near Arches National Park, Moab Springs Ranch is a historic property located only 3 miles from Arches National Park.

The ranch is home to several adjacent bungalows, each with its own separate patio to ensure maximum privacy. The bungalows are very pleasant – they pull off a combination of old school and modern without compromising the comfort and quality of your stay.

Outside, you will be able to relax on the hammocks and enjoy the sounds of the natural spring, or take in the lush greenery of the property or the beautiful sunshine while walking around in the private park.

Two of the bungalows also allow dogs, for a small additional fee, and the exterior of the property is a great place to let them run loose and explore.

The property has a community hot tub and swimming pool, but this is currently not in service.

Aside from Arches NP, other landmarks in the vicinity include Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point National Park, and the Colorado River.

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Best Airbnb in Moab for Tiny House Lovers: Kokopelli West Studio

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Kokopelli West #6 is ideal for a small group who would like to mingle with fellow Moab enthusiasts.

The property is made up of several tiny houses with a shared patio, where the members of this beautiful tight-knit community can get together and relax in the shade.

The interior of West #6 has everything you need – a studio with bedding and a view of the entire communal area, a well-stocked kitchenette, additional bunk beds, and plenty of windows to keep the place naturally bright.

The indoor space is very well-utilized, and you’ll have more than enough room for everyone even if you come with a party of 4.

Outdoor amenities included in your say are plentiful – aside from enjoying the great you can take a dip in either the pool or hot tub, cook up a delicious barbecue lunch, or just sit back admire the view of the mountains from the patio with your fellow guests.

Also worth noting is the property’s location – Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park are a 10 and 40-minute drive away, respectively, and you’ll be within walking distance of the nearest stores and restaurants.

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Best Moab Airbnb for Families on a Budget: Purple Sage Flats

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Purple Sage Flats is a lovely Airbnb in the heart of Moab that’s sure to woo you with its elegance and coziness.

Everything about the interior, from the earthy color scheme of the furniture to the spaciousness and homey atmosphere of each individual room, makes it really easy to relax in this apartment.

Outside, you’ll be able to enjoy the communal hot tub or whip up some barbecue and relax by the fire pit. This communal area is very easy on the eyes, due in no small part to the beautiful murals!

The key to a great vacation at a popular tourist town is finding a rental with a great location, and Purple Stage Flats’ location is about as convenient as it could be.

The apartment itself is located on a peaceful street, yet is only a short walk from Main Street, giving it great connectivity to just about every spot of interest in the Moab area.

Another thing that’s great about Purple Sage is that it has a total of 8 available rooms, which makes it a perfect place for a wedding, or just about any gathering involving a large group of people.

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Best Cabin for Friends on a Budget: Basic Cabin #1A

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Anyone who’s traveling on a budget or has a soft spot for minimalist accommodation will appreciate this charming, affordable cabin.

The inside of the cabin is so sparsely furnished that, between its 2 bunk beds and fold-out futon, it can easily sleep 4 people and still leave plenty of room for mobility.

As far as cooking goes, you’ll have access to a microwave and a small refrigerator, but the sparsity of kitchen supplies is offset by the property’s proximity to the town and its many restaurants and stores.

 Stepping outside, you’ll be able to enjoy the view from the seating on the small patio, or gather around the picnic tables for a meal, and a short walk from her e will take you to the community bathrooms/showers.

Other amenities included in the communal area are fire pits and barbecue grills, and Arches and Canyonlands are both a short car trip away.

Best Airbnb for Friends Trips: Casa de Zia

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Casa de Zia is a stylish house that can house nearly a dozen people and that has one of the most impressive interior designs in the entire Moab area. 

Right off the bat, the warm colors of the large, open-floor kitchen/living room/dining room area and the room’s great illumination create a unique, relaxing atmosphere, and the master bedroom comes with a private bathroom and patio.

This patio connects to the back yard, which has a hot tub with a great view of the nearby mountains, as well as a fire pit with ample seating.

You can also bring your pets along with you – they’ll have a large yard area to play in, and thanks to the large fencing, you can rest assured they won’t be leaving the property without your say-so.

Casa de Zia is very close to Main Street,  yet its immediate surroundings are peaceful, so you take full advantage of the house’s great connectivity ( local shops & restaurants, and a very short drive to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park) and still enjoy a quiet night’s sleep.

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Best Moab Airbnb for Glamping: OK RV Glamping Tent

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This cozy little tent in OK RV Park is a great place to book if you want to connect with nature without having to relinquish access to too many commodities.

The tent itself is little more than a place to spend the night after a long day of exploring Moab, and this is reflected in its minimal furnishings – two beds for 2 and some rudimentary seating.

The outdoor area is more in line with what you would expect a rental in this area to have, namely a private patio and a fire pit.

What makes OK RV Park stand out, however, is the community of campers – you can keep to yourself and enjoy your own little corner of the camp, or you can go to the shared patio by the park’s office and get to know some of your fellow outdoorsmen.

Another selling point of the camp is how close it is to the national parks – you can drive to Canyonlands in about half an hour and to Arches in about 15 to 20 minutes.

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Other Moab and Utah Resources

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Best Airbnbs Near Yellowstone: 9 Wonderful West Yellowstone Airbnbs

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Planning a trip to Yellowstone?

Lodging in the park books up insanely fast, so if you’re planning something a bit more last minute, these Airbnbs near Yellowstone are the perfect solution.

They offer the comforts of home with excellent prices and allow you to save money by offering amenities like washing machines and kitchens so you can budget better for your Yellowstone trip.

If you want to stay comfortably close to the park, it doesn’t get better or more centrally located than West Yellowstone.

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Best West Yellowstone Airbnbs

Yellowstone Getaway

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While Airbnbs near Yellowstone are plentiful, few West Yellowstone Airbnbs are quite as appealing as this one!

Combining white walls with a wooden finish and rustic furniture, this house is as inviting as they come, and the two-floor plan ensures there’s more than enough room for everyone to get around.

The living room area comes equipped with a fireplace, ensuring warmth and comfort no matter the season, and if you’re visiting with a large group, you’ll be delighted to know there’s also a second bathroom for your convenience.

Located in West Yellowstone, the getaway is as convenient for exploring the national park as a rental can be.

The best way to get around during the winter is via snowmobile (read our winter guide to Yellowstone here), and there’s plenty worth checking out in Yellowstone even in the winter – the Rendezvous Ski Trails and (now-defunct) Oregon Short Line Railroad are both a short distance away, as is the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center if you’re an animal enthusiast.

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Wander Camp Yellowstone Tent

If you don’t want a cabin or condo stay to break the immersive feel of exploring beautiful Yellowstone, consider booking a tent at Wander Camp. The tents are quite minimalistic, featuring a bed and some rudimentary seating, but that’s all you really need at Yellowstone!

The bathrooms are shared, but remain quite private as they are also enclosed within a tent, and if you don’t feel like staying “inside” you can pull up a couple of chairs and enjoy the vast expanse of nature that is the Wander Camp.

The best part of your stay, however, will probably be the unobstructed, mesmerizing view of the night sky on clearer nights!

West Yellowstone is one of the best places to stay if you want to explore the national park in its entirety, and the camp offers you a unique advantage.

On one hand, you can enjoy a quiet, serene vacation with constant exposure to nature, and on the other, you’ll be able to access a number of shops in West Yellowstone, guaranteeing a comfortable, well-supplied stay.

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Aspen Lodge

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Anyone looking to explore Yellowstone likely won’t be spending much time indoors, but this resort makes for a great place to start and end your day without breaking the budget.

The interior is nicely furnished and well-illuminated, and between the two floors, you can expect plenty of space and privacy for up to 5 guests.

In the evening, you can relax outside by the fire pit and relish in the peace and quiet of the West Yosemite area.

Rain or shine, the beautiful garden area gives you plenty of greenery to look at and wake up to, and it’s especially beautiful when covered in snow.

On that note, although the neighborhood is quite serene, you’ll have quick and easy access to a variety of restaurants, shops, and a number of other locales downtown.

Most importantly, the nearest forest trails are only a stone’s throw away, further incentivizing thorough exploration of the beautiful Yosemite National Park!

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Raven’s Heart

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Few Airbnbs in the West Yellowstone area can measure up to Raven’s Heart in terms of charm!

Boasting a largely wooden interior complemented by rustic, but comfortable furniture, the rental offers everything you could possibly need. Add to this the abundant illumination and the tasteful décor, and you’re left with one of the most inviting cabins in the region.

Furthermore, small but meaningful touches like a mudroom for your damp clothes after a long day of hiking will make your stay all the more comfortable and convenient.

Outside, guests will have access to a spacious garden area, as well as a grill for a group cookout just by the entrance.

The real draw of this rental, however, is the great location – West Yellowstone has you covered in every possible regard, as it features several places to shop and eat, and even a fitness center and a number of fishing spots.

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Cozy Yellowstone Cabin

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If you’re staying in Yellowstone but aren’t spending most of your time outside, you’re doing something wrong!

All you really need from a rental is a warm bed to sleep in and a kitchen to whip up some meals, and this house has you completely covered in that regard, making it the ideal getaway for a couple looking to explore the Yellowstone area.

You’ll definitely need to do a lot of washing and cleaning after a long day of hiking in Yellowstone National Park, so the house comes equipped with a washer and dryer.

West Yellowstone is perhaps the most convenient gateway to the National Park, so it’s perfect for exploring the area.

In addition, the town has everything from shops and restaurants to a fitness center (in the event that exploring all day hasn’t tuckered you out already), meaning that all your basic needs, and many more, will be accounted for here.

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Three Bedroom Townhouse

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This house is the definitive Yellowstone pick if you’re looking to visit the national park with your family or a larger group of friends!

Boasting a spacious, eye-catching interior, this house is bound to feel like home by the time you’ve unpacked, and the fireplace in the living area makes it a comfortable place to relax no matter the season.

In the interest of privacy, guests will have access to 3 bedrooms, as well as 3 toilets for maximum convenience. On top of the amazing window views from virtually any room in the house, the lush, beautiful garden is bound to leave an impression.

 Lastly, the idyllic location alone is enough to sell this place – located in West Yellowstone, the house puts you in the eye of the storm as far as the national park is concerned, and you’ll find no shortage of shops and restaurants in town to boot.

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1/2 Mile From Yellowstone

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Exploring one of the States’ most iconic national parks is more fun with company, and this condo can accommodate up to 8 people very comfortably, between its 3 bedrooms and even 3 bathrooms.

The house comes with a well-stocked kitchen, and the living room area is all it needs to be – roomy, well-decorated, and even equipped with a fireplace, ensuring a comfortable stay irrespective of the weather.

Furthermore, you’ll be able to step outside onto the patio and into the spacious garden, the perfect place to let your children run free whenever you’re not out exploring Yellowstone National Park.

Getting around the area is quite easy, especially with a snowmobile in the winter. West Yellowstone makes for a great place to stay if you’re looking to cover as much of the National Park as possible, and this resort makes things even simpler for you, being only half a mile from the park.

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6 Blocks from Yellowstone

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When it comes to spacious apartments near Yellowstone National Park, it doesn’t get much better than this rental.

Featuring 6 beds and more than enough room for 8 guests to move around freely, this is up there as one of the most family-friendly rentals in Yellowstone.

The fireplace in the living room area is an always-welcome addition, and you’ll find yourself captivated by the simple, yet elegant white and wooden furniture and décor.

In addition, having an additional bathroom and a second floor ensures everyone gets their share of privacy here. The exterior features two decks and a grill, as well as a spacious courtyard, perfect for children or a quiet gathering.

Perhaps most importantly, however, the house is only a short walk from Yellowstone National Park, and West Yellowstone cover all your basic needs as far as dining and shopping options are concerned.

In the winter, rent a snowmobile to get around and use it to go through the otherwise inaccessible west entrance to the park.

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The Little Green Apartment

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If you’re looking for a homey place to spend the night while vacationing near Yellowstone with your significant other, this rental is everything you need!

The house is exactly what it says on the box – a green vacation home with a cozy bed, fully equipped kitchen, decently sized bathroom and a lovely window view.

The house is located near a forest, right on the edge of town, giving you plenty to explore outside of the park itself. While it’s not remote per se, the place is great for a quiet, peaceful vacation.

At the same time, the house is technically part of a complex of cabins, meaning you’ll have plenty of neighbors to get to know if you choose to stay for an extended period of time.

That aside, West Yellowstone has shops, restaurants, and just about everything else you need to make a proper vacation out of your trip.

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Grand Canyon in Winter: 19 Things to Know Before You Go

Snow covered landscape of the Grand Canyon in the winter months

If you have always dreamed of gazing into the Grand Canyon, you have probably pictured its 6,000-foot tall cliff walls, glowing red landscape, and unparalleled desert scenery.

Looking down into one of the world’s largest canyons and the many layers of rock revealed by the force of the Colorado River is like looking back in time millions of years.

Although Grand Canyon National Park sees unbearably hot temperatures in the summer, the winter in Grand Canyon is a little more bearable… and sees fewer crowds.

Snow blankets the North Rim, accenting the overhanging red rock, and visitation dips quite a bit compared to the steady traffic of summertime.

Although the shift in seasons may change the scenery, there are still many fun activities to do while bundled up in Grand Canyon National Park in the winter

Grand Canyon Winter Road Closures

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North Rim Scenic Drive and All North Rim Roads

If you were hoping to visit the North Rim in Grand Canyon National Park, you will have to wait until springtime.

The North Rim Scenic Drive and all amenities in the North Rim area close down during the winter months.

In fact, this road is only open for a short window of time: between May 15th and October 15th.

This scenic road is a common access for visitors arriving at the park from northern states, but be warned, the South Entrance is over 4 hours driving from the North Entrance if you end up on the wrong side of the canyon.

Desert View Drive (South Rim)

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The scenic stretch of road known as the Desert View Drive or East Rim Drive is open year-round to private vehicles.

The drive travels along State Route 64, connecting the South Entrance of Grand Canyon National Park near the town of Tusayan to the East Entrance in the neighboring Navajo Nation.

Although the road is technically open 365 days per year, the park service may elect to close the road due to inclement winter driving conditions.

The weather can change quickly in Grand Canyon National Park in winter, so it is important for visitors to frequently check for weather updates as they prepare to drive to the park.

Hermit Road (South Rim)

Winter landscape at the Grand Canyon, white snow blanketing the higher elevation pockets of the park and tops of the mesas, and the valley below showing red rock and orange rocks

During peak visitation, the Hermit Road, which spans from the South Rim area to Hermit Trailhead where the road dead-ends, is closed to private vehicle traffic.

From March through November, the road can only be traveled by biking, walking, or hopping aboard the free Hermit Road (Red Route) Shuttle.

Once the season of high-visitation is over, the road opens up to private vehicle traffic.

For the months of December, January, and February, visitors can drive along the Hermit Road and park in designated parking areas to access hiking trails and viewpoints.

Grand Canyon Winter Hours of Operation and Facilities

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The North Rim Visitor Center before winter closure can still get covered in snow

Although the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is always open to the public, some of the facilities undergo reduced hours of operation come wintertime.

Remember the North Rim and all facilities are closed between mid-October and mid-May.

If you are visiting Grand Canyon National Park in the winter, you will want to be aware of these changes to facility hours and seasonal closures:

Grand Canyon Village (South Rim) Facility Hours

Grand Canyon Visitor Center: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Grand Canyon Visitor Center Park Store: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

South Rim Backcountry Information Center: 8:00 – noon; then, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Yavapai Geology Museum: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Verkamp’s Visitor Center: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Desert View (South Rim) Facility Hours

Watchtower Kiva Shop: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Watchtower Stairs: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, stairs always close 30 minutes before the store

Tusayan Museum: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

North Rim

All facilities and roads are closed for winter at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, so don’t even factor this into a winter trip.

Visitor Centers in Winter

Man standing a few feet from the edge of the Grand Canyon in the snow, wearing a hat, sweater, and jeans.

Visitor centers in Grand Canyon National Park are open in the winter, except select holidays. It is always a good idea to begin a national park trip with a stop at the visitor center.

This is a great way to make sure you have the most up to date information, and it allows you to review your itinerary with professional park staff.

They may even have some insider tips to share with you!

Winter Camping in Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon camping tents near the Grand Canyon
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Many who come to Grand Canyon National Park choose to camp during their visits.

During the summer months, there are three different campgrounds to choose from: North Rim Campground, Desert View Campground, and Mather Campground.

However, North Rim and Desert View Campgrounds both close in October.

Mather Campground on the South Rim as the only front country year-round camping option in Grand Canyon National Park.

For those planning to stay at Mather Campground during their winter visit, advanced reservations are highly recommended.

As the only open campground in the park, spaces fill quickly! Reservations can be made online up to 6 months in advance.

Not into camping? There are also great Grand Canyon Airbnbs available in the winter.

Winter Safety in Grand Canyon National Park

Icy Trails

Icy trails at Grand Canyon in winter, with snow on the sides and in the canyon itself interspersed with red rock, with visitors at the end of the trail.

With limited daylight, cold nighttime temperatures, and limited sunlight in the deep canyon during the winter, one of the greatest cold season hazard in winter in the Grand Canyon becomes icy trails.

Many of the most popular trails remain open year-round. It’s not uncommon to have clear dry trails. However, ice may be lingering in the shaded areas.

To prevent slipping on icy trails, many hikers choose to carry along Yaktrax or spikes. These handy accessories will help you keep your footing on slick surfaces!

Hypothermia

Woman wearing hat, jacket, jeans, and snow boots at the Grand Canyon in winter, with her arms up in the air as the sun sets.

When your body temperature falls to dangerously cool levels, you begin to experience hypothermia. Wet clothes from snow or rain combined with cold winter temperatures can create a high-risk.

To avoid hypothermia, the park service recommends wearing non-cotton clothing, eating high-energy foods before chill takes effect, and staying dry. Hypothermia is five times more likely to occur in wet conditions!

Rockfall

Snow covering red rocks at the Grand Canyon, other parts of the canyon left untouched by snow, as fog rolls on the top of the canyon

Rockfall is a year-round hazard in Grand Canyon National Park. When recreating within the steep canyon, be aware and alert.

If a rockfall occurs, the park service advises visitors to safely move out of the way. If it is not possible to move out of the way of falling rock, seek shelter behind a large and stable rock feature and place your backpack over your head.

Although rockfall can occur at any time, the risk can become increased due to water freezing behind the cliff walls.

When the water freezes, it can cause the cracks behind rocks to expand occasionally lodging the rocks out of place.

Winter Driving Conditions

Checkpoint for entering Grand Canyon in winter, with a sign that reads "icy road ahead" with little light, either at dusk or dawn.

The elevation on the South Rim is 7,000 feet, and winter weather conditions are not uncommon!

Throughout the winter months, visitors driving the park roads should use caution and slow down. Snow and ice may be lingering on the roads.

Things to Do in the Grand Canyon in Winter

Backpack into the Grand Canyon

View as you hike into the Grand Canyon in winter, with snow covering the top edges of the red rocks and blanketing the trees.

Backcountry permits are hard to come by during the busy season. Once the winter months come around, a permit to camp in the backcountry is a little easier to come by.

Backpacking is one of the best ways to experience the vastness of the Grand Canyon while exploring more remote terrain.

One of the most recommended overnight backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon is to Bright Angel Campground.

This trail has a lot of sun exposure making it difficult to do in the heat of summer, but comfortable during the wintertime!

This backcountry camp offers potable water and toilets year-round, and it is at the very bottom of the canyon about 1/2 mile from the Colorado River.

Bright Angel Campground is about 10 hiking miles from the South Rim.

Keep in mind the first day would be primarily hiking down into the canyon, while your second day would be mostly uphill! The trail’s high sun exposure keeps it free of snow and ice most of the time.

Mule Trips

Mules wearing a winter pelt and saddle traveling into the Grand Canyon, which has some snow on the side of the trail.

There are mule trips offered year-round on Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim.

Going on one of these excursions in the wintertime offers a welcome relief from the hot summer sun!

Winter mule trips vary in length and type of terrain. If you are short on time and not a fan of traveling steep terrain on a mule, you may enjoy the Canyon Vistas Ride. This excursion is a short 3-hour scenic trip along the canyon rim.

Visitors with more time to spare can choose to book a multi-day trip that includes an overnight stay at the Phantom Ranch.

The historic and well-known ranch sits at the bottom of the Grand Canyon on the east side of Bright Angel Creek.

A mule trip to Bright Angel Creek is a great alternative to backpacking!

Winter Landscape Photography

View of the North Rim from Yaki Point in winter at the Grand Canyon South Rim in Arizona, high elevation points blanketed in snow surrounded by trees.

Grand Canyon National Park’s breathtaking landscape becomes something even more picturesque once the snow begins to fall. The tall canyon walls become dusted with snow and the cliff’s red colors pop.

Visitors hoping to capture Grand Canyon’s winter landscape can travel the Desert View Drive along State Route 64 while using the marked turnouts and designated parking areas to find the perfect angles.

Since many of the trails stay open year-round, photographers can also hike to scenic vistas, such as Grandview Point and Mather Point.

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11 Best Hikes in Glacier National Park

With over 734 miles of scenic hiking trails, Glacier National Park has a wealth of hiking to explore.

There’s a trail for every experience level and age group from a family-friendly boardwalk hike around the massive old-growth cedars near Lake McDonald to challenging mountain passes that offer rewarding views of the pristine landscape below.

Pack your backpack, grab your camera, and don’t forget the bear spray. These are the best day hikes in Glacier National Park you won’t want to miss!

Best Hikes in Glacier National Park

Grinnell Glacier

Brilliant turquoise blue water surrounded by white glacial ice, with green grass with red wildflowers on the edge, surrounded by tall mountain edges lightly covered in snow.