Salt Lake City, Utah to Yellowstone Road Trip
Hit desert highlights from the Great Salt Lake to Flaming Gorge to Dinosaur National Monument en route to Yellowstone and Grand Teton.
Start: Salt Lake City, Utah
Day 1 – Salt Lake City, Utah
Kick off the loop with a day exploring Salt Lake City attractions: Tour Temple Square (a large religious and cultural complex run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), visit the Clark Planetarium, shop the City Creek Center covered mall, or see dinosaurs at the National History Museum of Utah. An abundance of hiking trails can also be found in the nearby Wasatch Mountains for warming up your legs for the parks to come.
Day 2 – Alpine, WY
I-15 North to US 89 North
Day 3 – Grand Teton National Park
US 89 North
Get ready for adventure in Jackson, where the activities range from whitewater rafting trips to laid-back fly-fishing. Continue north to Grand Teton National Park, where the trails and wildlife-watching are world-class. Jackson Hole Central Reservations can book both lodging and activities.
Day 4 – Yellowstone National Park
US 89 North
Watch geysers, hike, scope life-list wildlife, paddle, bike, and more at Yellowstone National Park. Extra days? Pitch a tent in one of the park’s 12 campgrounds or stay in a historic lodge, such as Old Faithful Inn or Lake Hotel.
Day 5 – Pinedale, WY
US 89 South to US 191 South
Day 6 – Fossil Butte National Monument
US 189 South to US 30 West
First stop: Kemmerer and the Fossil Country Museum to prepare for your next stop: Fossil Butte National Monument, just down the road. There, visitors can examine more than 80 fossilized fish, insects, birds, reptiles, mammals, and plants.
Day 7 – Vernal, UT
I-80 East to WY 530 South
Today’s drive takes you into northeastern Utah’s “Dinosaurland,” an area packed with dino tracks, petroglyphs, and fossils. Visit a state park, see ancient bones at Dinosaur National Monument, or head to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area to boat, hike, and fish. Finish the day with dinner and relaxation in Vernal.
Day 8 – Park City, UT
US 40 West to UT 248 West
Head to Park City, a cultural and outdoor recreation favorite. Ride a zipline, go ice skating, or try a skeleton or bobsled ride at Utah Olympic Park.
Day 9 – Salt Lake City, UT
I-80 West to 1-15 North to UT 108 West
Head straight to Antelope Island State Park, where you can kayak, picnic, mountain bike, and swim in the Great Salt Lake. Finish by returning to Salt Lake City.
End: Salt Lake City, Utah