The Apex of Adventure: A Spring Break Campervan Road Trip - Native Campervans
The Apex of Adventure: A Spring Break Campervan Road Trip
Las Vegas and Salt Lake City are two major cities that both offer fun city attractions and incredible outdoor adventure, the best of both worlds! The easiest way to travel from one to the other is by Interstate 15, but driving along that route is rural, and points of interest are near and far. If you’re about to go on Spring Break, a campervan journey is the best way to relax and explore.
Follow along with this fantastic itinerary to make the most out of your Spring Break Road Trip!
From here, your first stop is going to be Page, Arizona. This 4.5-hour drive will take you through a few famous Utah destinations. Get an early start on the road, and you’ll be able to take some time to stop in St. George, Utah, or visit Coral Pink Sand Dunes right outside of Kanab, Utah, both on your way to Page.
Before you enter the town of Page, you will be stopping at Lone Rock Beach Campground. This will be your campground for the next two nights. After you arrive at your campsite if you have daylight and feel up for it, head to the water and take in all the gorgeous views as the orange rocks engulf the blue waters.
Today is going to be jam-packed with desert adventures. First, you’ll be heading to Horseshoe bend as your first stop. This 1.5 easy out-and-back hike will lead you to the iconic bend in the Colorado River.
Next, you’ll want to head the short distance over to Antelope Canyon. A few things to know about this Canyon and area are that there is a mandatory fee, and you must take a guided tour. The Navajo Nation offers tons of tours of the slot canyon and the area around the canyon. Please check out this link for more information on the tours and area.
After you’ve gotten your fill of orange rocks surrounded by water and slot canyons, you’ll be heading to vast open red plains with towers skyrocketing right out of the ground hundreds of feet up. Monument Valley is situated in Najavo Nation and is operated by the Navajo People. You can do many different activities during your time at Monument Valley, but there is a small fee to enter and enjoy the park. From guided tours to hiking to driving around and seeing the iconic views.
*If you are a fan of the iconic movie “Forest Gump,” you won’t want to miss this stop: 37°06’09.5″N 109°59’21.1″W*
Capitol Reef National Park
Beginning to travel north, you will visit the least visited Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks; Capitol Reef. Towering red rock walls line this park that was once a thriving community. Remnants of life still linger around the park. Fruit trees fill the valley floor with lush greenery lining the road. From apples to pears to cherries, many varieties of fruit still serve the people that visit today. Make sure you stop by Giffords Homestead and get yourself a freshly made fruit pie made in-house fresh daily right in Capitol Reef. Drive the park road, and explore petroglyphs and hidden arches. You’ll spend your night at Fruita Campground, nestled among the fruit trees or at one of the primitive sites nearby on BLM land.
*You will pass through Hanksville, Utah, during this next portion of your drive. Here is a chance for a sit-down bite and a refill on gas. As you drive through town, if you do decide to fill up on gas, you will see Hollow Mountain, a gas station built into red rock.*
Last but certainly not least, you’ll stop by one of Utah’s coolest and most out-of-this-world state parks: Goblin Valley State Park. Explore funky rock formations in all corners of the park. This park offers tons of multi-use trails of all different abilities. View the mushroom-shaped rocks or towering rock piles either on foot, by bike, or even with a disc golf disc in your hand. On this last night, you will want to stay at the park’s campground and take in their insanely dark skies. In 2015, the National Parks Service Night Sky Team determined that Goblin Valley State Park has one of the darkest skies on earth. With any luck, you’ll have a clear sky on your last night and be able to see the milky way and some shooting stars!