Our Epic Roadtrip Across the American West

American West Roadtrip | Desiree Dabbles

Epic is a word that is probably used too often these days. And as far as true epics go, this trip probably wouldn’t qualify. But for us it was epic. About 3 weeks traveling with 4 kids, 11 National Parks, several National Monuments and other recreation areas, camping most of the way, seeing many parts of the west and southwest, an awesome trip.

Trip Map | Desiree Dabbles

This map is an overview of our trip. I had initially used Google maps to figure out where we were going, but found it had some drawbacks. So, for convenience on our trip I used Roadtrippers. I was able easily add stops, campgrounds, add dates, and save the route for offline viewing through the app on my phone (a great feature when you are out in the middle of nowhere with no internet or phone service). According to my Roadtrippers map we traveled over 5,500 miles. That’s a lot of driving for under 3 weeks of travel.

We have already taken the kids on roadtrips along the coast and through most of California, so we decided on this trip to do the southwest and rocky mountain areas.

We went to:

Death Valley National Park

Hoover Dam

Grand Canyon National Park

Monument Valley

Zion National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Arches National Park

Dinosaur National Monument

Bonneville Salt Flats

Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Glacier National Park

North Cascades National Park (and Ross Lake National Recreation Area)

We stayed 2 nights in a hotel, 4 nights with family, and camped the rest of the time. My kids are old pros at setting up the tent and campsite by now. Although, after the trip was over they all told me not to take them camping again for a while. I think a little rest is in order.

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