Utah’s Parks and Recreation Areas

Location of Utah national parks

Where are Utah’s National Parks?

Utah’s five national parks, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Arches make for an unforgettable road trip through canyon country. They are located in southern Utah. Travelers often combine Utah parks with a trip to Mesa Verde in Colorado, Grand Canyon in Arizona, and Las Vegas in Nevada. A popular home base is Salt Lake City because of its own attractions and the international airport.

Where are Utah’s Recreation Areas?

The Flaming Gorge with recreation opportunities of boating, fishing, and rafting is in the northeast edge of Utah along the border to Wyoming. Also in the northeast is Dinosaurland with many museums and dig sites.

Far south is the famous Monument Valley where scores of Old Western movies were shot. It makes for an unforgettable drive to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

In the central and north central area of Utah is a mecca of ski resorts during the winter, and hiking, fishing, and cultural events during the summer. Here you’ll find Utah’s largest city, Salt Lake City, and neighboring Park City, home of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Arches National Park

Marvel at more than 2,000 natural rock arches at this park just outside of Moab. Don’t miss the famous Delicate Arch or Devils Garden Loop. Read More...

Bryce Canyon National Park

Famous for its weird and wonderful hoodoos—bulbous rock pillars—Bryce also offers hiking, horseback riding, camping, & some of the country’s best stargazing. Read More...

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park is full of canyons, mesas, and buttes. But you won't find crowds here. It's Utah's least visited park even though it's the largest Read More...

Capitol Reef National Park

This south-central park preserves the 100-mile-long Waterpocket Fold (a “wrinkle” in the earth’s crust), a Mormon frontier settlement, and vast wilderness. Read More...

Utah Recreation Areas

From the Flaming Gorge in the north to Monument Valley in the south, Utah is filled with parks and recreation areas for you to enjoy. Read More...

Zion National Park

Cliffs, slot canyons, and dizzying views: This southwestern Utah park has them all. Zion is best known for the "Subway" and "Narrows" Read More...