Lake Powell Road Trip

Lake Powell Road Trip

Day 1 - Arrival

Lake Powell Resort - Check-in

There's no place quite like Lake Powell Resort and the panoramic views that come with it. When you book your stay at Lake Powell Resort try booking a Lake View Room, trust us when we say, you'll never get tired of waking up to these views. 


Enjoy a great meal at the Driftwood Lounge for dinner. You'll find the lounge in the lobby of Lake Powell Resort, offering mouthwatering pub fare, appetizers, and a variety of cocktails, beer and wine. This atmosphere is perfect for socializing with family and friends! 

Day 2 


You have a long day ahead of you, be sure to grab a quick breakfast at Wind

1st Stop: South Rim of the Grand Canyon

130 miles from Lake Powell Resort, the Grand Canyon is a must when visiting Northern Arizona, and a bucket-list item for many. 

While visiting the Grand Canyon, be sure to stop by Canyon View Information Center. Here you can take a short walk to the nearby Mather Point, a scenic viewpoint along the South Rim showcasing its beautiful canyon vistas. Take in the astonishing views and of course snap a few good photos! 

Take a scenic drive of the South Rim via Desert View Drive. Desert View Drive is a portion of SR-64 that follows the rim for approximately 25 miles. Along the way you can discover breathtaking overlooks and pullouts that gives you the chance to see the ever-changing colors of the Grand Canyon. 

If you are feeling a little more adventurous, you should hike Rim Trail! Grand Canyon Rim Trail is a fairly easy trail, stretching from South Kaibab Trailhead to Hermits Rest. The trail is approximately 13 miles, but with multiple stops along the way, you can make your own starting and ending points. Dogs are allowed on trails, but must be kept on a leash at all times. 


Head back to Lake Powell Resort and enjoy a meal with family and friends at the Rainbow Room. Plan ahead and make your reservation through OpenTable so you don't have to wait. 

Day 3


Don't forget to start your day off right with a quick breakfast from Wind

2nd Stop: Colorado River Float Trip

Take a half-day float trip down the Colorado River. This trip starts with a quick drive from the tour office down to the river to board your craft. This float trip will cover 15 miles of the Colorado River. You can expect to see Petroglyph Beach, the soaring cliffs above Horseshoe Bend, and much more! You'll enjoy your motor-coach ride back passing by Vermillion Cliffs, beautiful orchards, and historic structures along the way. 

3rd Stop: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans 1.9 million acres and is divided into three geographic sections; 

  • Grand Staircase is a series of highland that cascades from Bryce Canyon towards the Grand Canyon. Each vertical drop or "stair" is marked by either the Pink Cliffs, Grey Cliffs, White Cliff, Vermillion Cliffs or Chocolate Cliffs. 
  • Kaiparowits Plateau separates the Grand Staircase from the Escalante Canyons, running about 1,650 square miles. 
  • Escalante Canyons is made up of sandstone cliffs, towering walls and grottoes. Popular for many hikers as it offers waterfalls, arches, narrow canyons and much more. 

The Monument is such a geological treasure showing off its cliffs and terraces, this is definitely a view you don't want to miss. 

4th Stop: Horseshoe Bend

End your evening watching the sunset over Horseshoe Bend. Named after its unusual shape in the Colorado River, Horseshoe Bend has continued to surprise people by its beauty making it a must-see destination for tourists. You've seen all the iconic photos, now it is your turn.


Head back to Lake Powell Resort and enjoy a meal with family and friends at the Rainbow Room. Plan ahead and make your reservation through OpenTable so you don't have to wait. 

Day 4


Grab a quick breakfast at Wind. You have another long day ahead of you, pack plenty of snacks or even bring a sack lunch before you hit the road! 

5th Stop: Zion National Park

100 miles from Lake Powell Resort is yet another breathtaking park that many will travel to for the views and the hiking trails.

One of the more popular and renowned hikes is Angels Landing and the Narrows. The trail cuts through solid rock leading its travelers to the top of Angels Landing (1,488-ft) providing 360-degree views of Zion Canyon. Your hike will begin at Grotto Trailhead, then you will follow the West Rim Trail up and out of the main canyon and through a series of switchbacks. From there the trail follows the narrow spine to the final point that is approximately 1,500 feet above the canyon floor. This hike is approximately 5.4 miles (out and back) lasting anywhere between 3-6 hours. Please be aware that this is a strenuous hike and travelers must come prepared with appropriate hiking shoes/boots, water, sunscreen, hats, etc. 

If you are looking for something less strenuous, there are many other hiking trails in Zion National Park ranging from easy to moderate. Be sure to check out Canyon Overlook, Upper Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock and Riverside Walk. 

If you have interests outside of hiking, there are many other options in Zion National Park! Explore Rocking Climbing and/or Canyoneering with a park guide. Or take a scenic drive around this beautiful park; Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, Zion Park Scenic Byway, or Kolob Fingers Road Scenic Byway are some great options. 


After a day of exploring Zion National Park, head back to the lodge and treat yourself to a hearty meal and a cocktail at the Driftwood Lounge. 

Travel Tip: Antelope Canyon is another gemstone of Northern Arizona. If you plan on spending more time at Lake Powell, be sure to check out tour options to walk through the beautifully sculpted, narrow slot canyon. You can find tours at Antelope Slot Canyon or Antelope Canyon Tours. You can also see part of Antelope Canyon by boat! Lake Powell Resort offers a wonderful Antelope Canyon Boat Tour that takes you to the lower end of Lake Powell where you will be able to view 4 miles of the canyon wall before it narrows. Learn More >

Itinerary Summary