10 Top Things to Do in Utah Parks

Be sure to hit one, or all, of the Top 10 Things to do and see in Utah Parks. There’s slot canyons, arches, museums, dinosaurs and more.


North Window overlooking Turret Arch at sunrise. Photo by Grant Ordelheide1. Hunt for Natural Rock Arches

Standing on the desert floor, looking up at the sheer magnitude of these natural stone bridges, one can’t help but think, I see sky where there should be rock.


Slot Canyon2. Explore a Slot Canyon

Zion possesses one of the areas richest treasure troves for intrepid explorers willing to match their wits, their legs and their fingers against Mother Nature.


Newspaper Rock petroglyphs in Canyonlands National Park3. Delve into Utah History

There are tens of thousands of ruins, artifacts, petroglyphs and pictographs throughout the state. One of the most fun things you can do is find an ancient artifact on your own.


Zion Narrows4. Explore The Narrows

The Narrows are easily accessed by everyone. The hike begins at Temple of Sinawava, then winds along the paved pathway of Riverside Walk to the beginning of the area where the canyon walls narrow.


Bighorn Sheep in Zion5. Watch Wildlife 

Utah has some amazing animal populations– big cats, buffalo, bears, and more. With a little persistence you can catch a glimpse of many of Utah’s native residents.


Mt Carmel Highway in Zion6. Drive the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway

With switchbacks, slickrock and sweeping views with seasonal waterfalls, the approach has numerous spots where you can pull off the road for a better view or to take a short hike, encapsulating many of the highlights seen elsewhere in this most scenic of areas.


Telephone Canyon, the Temple of Sinawava. Photo by NPS Jason Burton7. Soak in fabulous scenery

Utah is know for its striking scenery, but Zion stands above the rest. With breathtaking waterfalls, towering cliffs, narrow canyons and numerous water features, it is hard to image a place more beautiful.


Skeleton of Tarbosaurus in The Blanding Dinosaur Museum. Photo by DaBler [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons8. Visit a Museum

The Southwest is dotted with small museums set up by an individual or a small group who really wanted to tell people about something. These mini-gems of museums are worth the time and money.


The Wave near Kanab in Kane County9. Go Where the Locals Go – Kanab, Snow Canyon, Red Cliffs 

With 15 miles of trails through coral-colored Navajo sandstone interspersed with snow white cliffs, dark lava flows and bright red sand dunes, the five-mile Snow Canyon Park draws rock climbers, photographers, spelunkers, RVers and hikers.


Girl at Dinosaur museum in Vernal Utah10. Travel Through Time to Dinosaurland 

Dinosaurland and Vernal, Utah, is the only place in the world where you can view and even touch more than 1,500 dinosaur bones all in their original resting places at the Dinosaur National Monument quarry.