5 National Parks in 4 Days

arches national park, utah, usa
arches national park, utah, usa
Arches National Park, Utah

It sounds kind of crazy, right? How is it even possible to hike five national parks in four days?

Welcome to Utah. No, it’s not just the land of Mormons and 3.2 beer—it’s actually a state filled with amazing scenery and famous national parks—like Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches. And if you plan your trip carefully, you can really hit the highlights of these national parks in a matter of days.

You could definitely spend a few days at each of these parks…hiking the trails, soaking in the surroundings, and making your own adventures. But I love a good challenge, so here I go! I’ll start by renting a car in Vegas, and driving across Utah to finish up in Denver.

Oh, and did I mention I’m going solo? Yep—traveling alone to the middle of nowhere for the joy and simplicity of nature is something I’ve thought about doing for a while. And now I’m finally making it happen.

My mom friends think I’m a little crazy. (Seriously, I started telling them I’m going to Disney instead so they don’t worry about me.) My writer friends think I’m trying have my own adventure like the book and movie, Wild. (Well, who doesn’t want THAT?!) My nature friends are like…right on! My best friends know me well enough not to try to guess my intent or actions. And my kids—well they kinda think I’m badass.

 

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These are some of my favorite quotes about nature, and I’d like to think that all will ring true during my trip. But to be honest, sometimes it’s best to seek nothing…to expect nothing. And that’s what I’m trying to do.

A couple of times, I’ve thought about canceling the trip. But my bags are now packed…my Air BNBs are booked…and there’s really no turning back now. So on that note, I’m going to steal some words and advice from Cheryl Strayed.

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You can follow Stacy’s trip highlights on Instagram. Also, look for her new children’s book, Ranger Rick’s Travels to National Parks.

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