Where are Utah's National Parks?

Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Arches national parks are in the southern part of Utah and close to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
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.


Hiker beside the Virgin River with a view of the Watchman in Zion National Park

5 Utah National Parks Plus Grand Canyon Road Trip

Hit every Utah national park, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands, plus Nevada's Great Basin and the Grand Canyon, on this 1,453 mile trip.


Where are Services near Zion National Park?

Where can I get my vehicle fixed? Where are the closest medical clinics/hospitals to Zion National Park? And other services surrounding Zion National Park.

Ranger Victoria Allen greats visitors at the Arches Visitor Center. Photo by NPS Andrew Kuhn

Entrance Fees and Where to Get Your Park Pass

A trip to Utah isn’t complete without a visit to one of its many national park and wilderness areas, so pack a little extra money to cover entrance fees.

Bryce Canyon Amphitheater from Inspiration Point

Denver, Colorado to Utah National Parks Road Trip

Drive thru Colorado to Utah's Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks. On the way visit Monument Valley and Lake Powell.

Sunrise over Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park.

National Parks Bordering Utah

There many national parks nearby in addition to Utah's five. Mesa Verde and the Grand Canyon are very close and worth the extra drive.

Island in the Sky District with the Green River

Utah Rock Formations, Mountains and Caves

Some of the most spectacular can be seen at Bryce Canyon, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Natural Bridges, Cathedral Valley, and Monument Valley.


Airports Near Utah National Parks and Rec Areas

The closest airports and their distances from Zion, Bryce, Arches and other Utah Parks.


Official Capitol Reef National Park Map PDF

A very specific and useful map of Capitol Reef National Park showing roads, features, and entrances.

The night skies over the ghost town of Grafton, Utah. Photo by Rob Wood Photography

Small Historic Towns near Utah National Parks

Utah is full of little towns with old west history (and ghosts!) Visit these tiny burbs in the Southern half of the state.