Wild, vast, whimsical, stark, and stunning, the Desert Southwest is home to diverse landscapes and enticing terrain. From our two Moterra hubs in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Las Vegas, Nevada, you are offered exceptional access to the world-class biking, hiking, and off-road trails of this incredible region. Explore the Dr. Suessian hoodoos of Bryce Canyon and the sculpted walls of Zion valley just a couple hours from Vegas; the vast canyons in Canyonlands or the stately formations of Monument Valley from Salt Lake, or do a one-way between our hubs for the ultimate Desert road trip!
From our two Moterra hubs based out of the bright lights of Las Vegas and the always-evolving metropolis of Salt Lake City, you may find it hard to decide what direction to head first! From March through May, and again in September through November, while the weather is mild and the roads typically free of snow, the playground that is the Desert Southwest is yours for the exploring – all from the comfort of our luxury Moterra Campervans.
Bryce Canyon and Zion are emblematic of the Desert Southwest, with their colorful red rocks, geological wonders and awe-inspiring scenery . Drawing a combined total of 7 million visitors per year, these parks are some of the most popular in the country, and for good reason! Bryce is famous for its massive amphitheater packed with hoodoos- an appropriately bizarre name for an incredibly weird and beautiful rock formation.
under 2,000 foot sandstone cliffs into “The Narrows,” where the waters of the Virgin River are the trail!
into water-sculpted slot canyons like The Subway.
at thousands of stars under some of the clearest skies in North America.
your way through the other-worldy rock formations on the road to Zion’s west entrance.
Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
Arches and Canyonlands are next-door neighbors, just minutes outside the adventure town of Moab. While Arches is famous for its nearly 2,000 natural arch formations, Canyonlands is known for its sweeping canyon river landscape, highland geology, and an assortment of monolithic formations. While Arches is quite small and very popular, Canyonlands is the least visited National Park in the Beehive State and offers off-the-beaten-track adventures, making these two the perfect duo for a campervan adventure.
under the natural wonder that is sixty foot-tall Delicate Arch.
the whitewater rapids of Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River.
yourself in the colorful sandstone spires of the Needles District.
the 18 mile Arches Scenic Drive past the park’s namesake rock formations.
Grand Canyon National Park and Lake Powell
Vast, magnificent and undeniably stunning, the Grand Canyon is easily Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark, and a natural wonder that everyone must see at least once in their lifetime. Add in the stunning Lake Powell and its famous Horseshoe Bend or Antelope Canyon, or enjoy water activities like floating, kayaking or canoeing on the beautiful Colorado River for the ultimate road trip.
ride into the Grand Canyon down the impressive Kaibab trail.
through the narrow, multi-hued sandstone pathways of Antelope Canyon.
under painted sandstone cliffs taller than the Statue of Liberty on the Colorado River.
at the views in iconic Horseshoe Bend National Park.
There are thirty-three State Parks, five National Parks, four National Forests, seven National Monuments, two National Historic Sites, two National wildlife refuges and three national recreation areas located in Utah – not to mention the roughly 22.9 million acres of public land managed by the BLM. Click below for a free copy of our Moterra Parks of the Desert Southwest Insider Recommendation List for recommended itineraries and more information to help guide your travels.
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Campgrounds book fast in Utah’s parks, especially in the spring and fall when the weather is the most agreeable. We recommend making campground reservations as far in advance as possible. If some campgrounds fill before you grab a spot, we can provide a number of alternative camping options.