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Resources: Mighty 5: Utah & the Grand Canyon

Mighty 5: Utah & the Grand Canyon

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Books – Non-Fiction

Books – Fiction

For Younger Readers

Family Friendly Movies for Tweens and Teens


  • Most of the filming was in Zion National Park.
  • The face off with Harvey Logan was filmed in Cave Valley, in the Kolob region of the park.


  • Has portions filmed in Monument Valley and at Kanab’s Movie Ranch


  • A portion was filmed in Bryce Canyon.
  • This is one the younger family members might enjoy!


  • These two classics have some scenes that were filmed in Zion National Park.


  • This sequel was partially filmed in Arches National Park


  • The iconic opening scene was filmed at Dead Horse Point State Park.


  • Classic Billy Crystal – good family fun! Portions of this were filmed in Arches


  • Numerous scenes were filmed in Monument Valley.
  • Another one that would be fun for the whole family!


  • The scene when Forrest suddenly stops running in the middle of the road and says “I think I’ll go home now” was shot in Navajo Nation Reservation, UT on the road that goes into Monument Valley. On the side of the road there is a sign that marks the spot, that makes a great photo opportunity. It is located on Highway 163 Scenic Drive. The exact point you can enter in your GPS is 37°06’09.5″N 109°59’21.1″W

R-Rated Films


  • Air shots over Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley and Lake Powell.


  • The spectacular gorge of the final scene is not the Grand Canyon, but the Colorado River flowing through Dead Horse Point State Park.


  • Chevy Chase in his prime!
  • Portions of the film are set in Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon
  • Aunt Edna’s Death scene was filmed in Sedona


  • Set in Canyonlands, this is a biographical survival drama based on Aron Ralston’s real life experience.


  • This isn’t a movie, but a TV show on HBO. The stunning scenery in much of this show is filmed in Dead Horse State Park, Moab, and Monument Valley.

RVs on Screen

Ultimate Road Trip Playlists

We’ve curated a handful of Spotify playlists to pair perfectly with your travels!

Gear We Love

Charcoal Grill

Consider searching this out at your destination. A grill makes for a full camping experience!

Smore Sticks

These are a must have for campfire nights! You can roast hot dogs and marshmallows all night long on these!

Walkie Talkies

These are great for exploring. Give one to your kids (make sure you test it first). Then off they go!

Fairy Lights

Bring some of these solar or battery-powered lights and hang them around your campsite…instant style for the environment!

Glow Sticks

If you can find the set with connectors and headbands, you can make all sorts of wearable glow items – it will be easier to find each other at night!

Wint-O-Green Lifesavers

These are a must. Get a fresh pack, wait for night time around the campfire. Pop one in your mouth and crunch/grind it with your mouth open. You are in for a surprise! Trust us 🙂

Magnetic Hooks

Put them on the back bumper – and hang bathing suits to dry. Just remember to bring them in before you drive away!

Disposable Camera

Consider for younger children, especially if they don’t have a phone yet.

Wet Wipes

Very handy.

Hanging Toiletry Bag

Save space in the RV bathroom.

Grill Gloves

To move the hot grill off the table when you are done grilling.

Dump Gloves

Keep hands clean during this task!

AC Inverter

You can use this to charge your phone or run low-power devices on household (AC) current without running the generator or plugging into shore power. (More on all of that in your Adventure Kit!)

Meat Thermometer

Make sure your meat is cooked through on the grill!

Games For in the RV

Campsite Games