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.
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1. Hunt for Natural Rock Arches

North Window overlooking Turret Arch at sunrise. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

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.

2. Explore a Slot Canyon

Slot Canyon

Utah possesses one of the areas richest treasure troves for intrepid explorers willing to match their wits, their legs and their fingers against Mother Nature's tall and narrow canyons.

3. Delve into Utah History

Newspaper Rock petroglyphs near Moab, Utah

Newspaper Rock petroglyphs near Moab, Utah

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.

4. Explore The Narrows

Zion Narrows on the Virgin River.

Zion Narrows on the Virgin River.

The Narrows is 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.

5. Watch Wildlife 

Bighorn Sheep in Zion

Bighorn Sheep in Zion

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.

6. Drive the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway

Mt Carmel Highway in Zion

Mt Carmel Highway in Zion

With switchbacks, slickrock and sweeping views with seasonal waterfalls, the approach on the Mt. Carmel Highway 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.

7. Soak in fabulous scenery

Telephone Canyon, the Temple of Sinawava. Photo by NPS Jason Burton

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

8. Visit a Museum

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 Commons

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.

9. Go Where the Locals Go – Kanab, Snow Canyon, Red Cliffs 

The Wave near Kanab in Kane County

The famous Wave in Kane County

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.

10. Explore Dinosaurland

Girl at Dinosaur museum in Vernal Utah

From Dinosaurland at Vernal, Utah to the Dinosaur National Monument and a multitude of museums, you can track ancient animals throughout Utah.