Where are the parks and recreation areas in Utah?
Utah's five national parks are all located in the southern part of the state and are often added on to a Grand Canyon vacation because of their proximity to Arizona. Winter sports resorts and parks are located in the center and northern regions of Utah with Brian Head and Snowbird being popular destinations. The northeastern section of Utah is famous for dinosaur fossils and the Flaming Gorge, a beautiful water sports and fishing area.
How should I get to Utah's parks?
Most people drive. Check out our road trip ideas. There are a few major airports within a day’s drive of the parks including Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. Once you get to the parks, you will need a car or tour transportation to get around. Zion National Park has a shuttle that runs in the Valley. If you are entering Zion from the east, you need to be aware of the restrictions for the Mount Carmel Tunnel.
Where should I stay on my Utah vacation?
Zion and Bryce Canyon each have one lodge inside the park. However, all parks have campgrounds. There are a plethora of lodging options near the park entrances and in gateway towns including cabins, campgrounds, resorts, and hotels.
What is there to see in Utah's national parks?
Zion National Park is the most visited park in Utah. It is known for it's towering rock formations such as Angels Landing and the Virgin River flowing through the Narrows slot canyon.
Bryce Canyon National Park is close to Zion. It is famous for its unique sandstone spires called "hoodoos."
Arches National Park is close to Moab, Utah. You will see hundreds of sandstone arches, spires, and natural bridges.
Canyonlands National Park is south of Moab. The park has deep winding canyons carved by rivers.
Capitol Reef National Park preserves a 100-mile-long wrinkle in the earth’s crust and a Mormon frontier settlement where you can pick your own own fruit.
What is there to do in Utah?
Hiking through slot canyons and up rock formations, mountain biking over slickrock, 4-wheel scenic drives, and wildlife watching (especially for bighorn and birds) are the main activities. See our list of the top ten things to do in the parks and beyond.
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