Driving Distance From Phoenix to Iconic Natural Southwest Landmarks

Plan your road trip for maximum awe

Driving on Wilderness Highway NE of Phoenix Usery Mountain Regional Park NE of Phoenix
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A driving tour of the Southwest from Phoenix to Bryce Canyon and the other southern Utah national parks takes you through some of the most breathtaking desert and red-rock country in the world. With at least 25 national parks, monuments, and recreation areas within a 500-mile radius of the city, you can plan an itinerary from one to 10 days with stops at some of the country's most iconic landscapes, including the Grand Canyon, Montezuma Castle, and Monument Valley.

Some of them you can reach on a day trip from Phoenix, while others require at least one overnight, either en route or at the destination. Arizona may bring to mind heat, but as you gain altitude on the way to Sedona, Flagstaff, and the Grand Canyon, you can experience cool to cold temperatures, especially at night and in the winter. Use these distances and approximate driving times, which take into account the fastest and most straightforward routes with normal traffic, to start planning your tour.

Driving Distance From Phoenix to National Parks, Monuments, and Recreation Areas


Driving Distance
(in miles)
Drive Time
Arches National Park, Utah472 miles7.5 hoursLocated in eastern Utah, next to Canyonlands National Park.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah425 miles7 hoursLocated in southwestern Utah, not far from Zion National Park.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona294 miles5 hoursLocated in northeastern Arizona, north of Petrified Forest National Park.
Canyonlands National Park, Utah459 miles7.5 hoursLocated in eastern Utah, next to Arches National Park.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Arizona55 miles1 hourJust southeast of Phoenix, an easy half-day trip.
Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona232 miles3.5 hoursLocated in southeast Arizona, near Fort Bowie National Historic Site.
Coronado National Memorial, Arizona281 miles4.5 hoursLocated near the southeastern border of Arizona and Mexico. 
Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona232 miles3.5 hoursLocated in southeast Arizona, near Chiricahua National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah289 miles4.5 hoursLocated in southern Utah
Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim), Arizona231 miles3.5 to 4 hoursLocated in northern Arizona.
Hohokam Pina National Monument, Arizona38 miles.5 to 1 hourIn Chandler, Arizona, close to Phoenix. An easy day trip.
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Arizona272 miles4.5 hoursIn northeastern Arizona, not far from Canyon de Chelly National Monument.
Joshua Tree National Park, California246 miles3.5 - 4 hoursDue east of Phoenix in southern California.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (Boulder City, NV visitor center), Utah/Arizona262 miles4.5 hoursLocated in southern Utah/northwestern Arizona, not far from Las Vegas.
Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona102 miles1.5 hoursIn central Arizona, north of Phoenix, on the way to the Grand Canyon.
Navajo National Monument, Arizona282 miles4.5 hoursLocated in northeastern Arizona. Could be explored on the way to or from Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona127 miles2 hoursLocated in southern Arizona.
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona212 miles3.5 hoursLocated on I-40 in northeastern Arizona.
Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona352 miles5.5 hoursLocated in northern Arizona.
Saguaro National Park, Arizona110 miles2 hoursLocated in southern Arizona, next to Tucson.
Tonto National Monument, Arizona107 miles2 hoursLocated east of Phoenix.
Tumacacori National Historical Park, Arizona161 miles2 - 2.5 hoursOn I-19, south of Tucson in southern Arizona and near the border with Nogales, Mexico.
Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona108 miles2 hoursLocated in central Arizona, west of Sedona.
Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona160 miles2.5 hoursLocated in central Arizona, north of Phoenix near Flagstaff.
Wupatki National Monument, Arizona188 miles3 hoursLocated in northern Arizona, near Flagstaff.
Zion National Park, Utah414 miles7.5 hoursAn awesome park in southern Utah, often enjoyed on the same trip along with Bryce Canyon National Park.