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Driving Distance and Drive Times From Las Vegas to Selected National Parks

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Lost your money at the slots? Partied too hard at the clubs? Whatever your reason for getting out of Las Vegas, there are plenty National Parks to get away to. Check out driving distances and approximate drive time from Las Vegas, NV to selected U.S. National Parks now!

Arches National Park

Delicate Arch
© Navin75 via Flickr

Distance: 471 miles
Approximate time: 7.5 hours

Arches contains some of the country’s most amazing natural wonders—mammoth rocks and arches formed from erosion. Perhaps one of the most important facts about Arches is that the park is constantly evolving. In the past 18 years, two major collapses have occurred: A major piece of Landscape Arch in 1991, and Wall Arch in 2008. Both serve as reminders that these structures will not last forever—all the more reason to visit soon.

Driving directions from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Arches National Parks, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Amphitheater
© Lauren Himiak

Distance: 256 miles
Approximate time: 4.5 hours

No other national park showcases what natural erosion can build than Bryce Canyon National Park. Giant sandstone creations, known as hoodoos, attract more than one million visitors annually. Many take to the trails choosing hiking and horseback riding to get an up-close-and personal look at stunning fluted walls and sculptured pinnacles.

Driving directions from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park
© Wolfgang Staudt via Flickr

Distance: 461 miles
Approximate time: 7 hours

In this geological wonderland, rocks, spires, and mesas dominate the heart of the Colorado Plateau cut by canyons of the Green and Colorado rivers. Petroglyphs left by Indians hundreds of years ago are also present. The Colorado and Green rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves. While the districts share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration and the study of natural and cultural history.

Driving directions from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Capitol Reef National Park

Sunset at Capitol Reef National Park
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Distance: 368 miles
Approximate time: 6 hours

The 241,904-acre park in south-central Utah draws more than half a million visitors per year. It protects the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long warp in the Earth's crust, as well as the unique historical and cultural history of the area.

Driving directions from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Death Valley National Park

The Mesquite Sand Dunes of Death Valley National Park
© Shayan (USA) via Flickr

Distance: 121 miles
Approximate time: 2.5 hours

Death Valley is the largest national park unit outside of Alaska and includes more than 3 million acres of wilderness area. This large desert, nearly surrounded by high mountains, contains the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. The area includes Scotty's Castle, the grandiose home of a famous prospector, and other remnants of gold and borax mining.

Driving directions from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Death Valley National Park, Utah

Grand Canyon National Park

Mount Hayden
© mandj98 via Flickr

North Rim:
Distance: 268 miles
Approximate time: 5 hours

South Rim:
Distance: 275 miles
Approximate time: 5 hours

About five million people visit Grand Canyon National Park each year and it comes as no surprise why. The main attraction, Grand Canyon, is a mammoth gorge stretching 277 miles showcasing amazing depths of colorful geology. It boasts some of the nation's cleanest air and a great deal of the park's 1,904 square miles are maintained as wilderness. Visitors cannot help but be blown away by stunning views from almost any vantage point.

Driving directions from Las Vegas, Nevada to the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Driving directions from Las Vegas, Nevada to the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park
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Distance: 300 miles
Approximate time: 5 hours

This 77,180-acre Nevada park draws only about 80,000 visitors a year, making it one of the least visited of the US national parks. Among its natural features are streams, lakes, abundant wildlife, a variety of forest types including groves of ancient bristlecone pines, and numerous limestone caverns, including Lehman Caves.

Driving directions from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Trees
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Distance: 300 miles
Approximate time: 5 hours

The 1,017,748-acre park draws more than 1.3 million visitors per year. Few areas more vividly illustrate the contrast between high and low desert.

Driving directions from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Joshua Tree National Park, California

Yosemite National Park

Half Dome
© Dawn Endico via Flickr

June through October, conditions permitting:
Distance: 407 miles
Approximate time: 7.5 hours

November through May:
Distance: 483 miles
Approximate time: 8.75 hours

Yosemite is home to some of the nation's most spectacular waterfalls, meadows, and ancient sequoia trees. Within its 1,200 miles of wilderness, visitors can find everything nature defines as beauty—wild flowers, animals grazing, crystal clear lakes, and amazing domes and pinnacles of granite.

Driving directions from Las Vegas, Nevada to Yosemite National Park, California

Alternative (winter) driving directions from Las Vegas, Nevada to Yosemite National Park, California

Zion National Park

A view of Angel's Landing from the top of Hidden Canyon Trail
© Lauren Himiak

Distance: 166 miles
Approximate time: 3.25 hours

Located in Utah's high plateau county, the Virgin River has carved a gorge so deep that sunlight rarely reaches the bottom! The canyon is wide and completely stunning with sheer cliffs dropping some 3,000 feet. Weathered sandstone shines red and white, and creates amazing sculptured rocks, cliffs, peaks, and hanging valleys.

Driving directions from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Zion National Park, Utah.

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