One of the most amazing things about Utah is the sheer number of national parks that offer such a diverse collection of landscapes, topography and other curious natural phenomena. This variety makes Utah national parks a must-visit for nature lovers, offering dramatic views you’ll probably never get to see anywhere else.
Arches National Park
This amazing location is home to the greatest number of naturally-occurring arches on earth. Over 2,000 different arches have been documented here, but you must make sure to see Landscape Arch, the second-longest Arch in the world at just over 300ft. This park also offers countless hikes that are relatively easy in terms of difficulty, making this an ideal family trip destination.
Bryce Canyon’s spectacular geological formations, 5000-year old trees, vibrant colors and naturally-occurring fins and bridges draw in visitors from all over the world. Hiking is the best way to experience this unique landscape, with plenty of day trips that fit both seasoned hikers as well as families with children.
Canyonlands National Park
Found west of Moab, Canyonlands is a massive park spanning 4 “districts”, each offering their own landscape. This is the place to see the piñon pine grow out of solid rock, stealthy mountain lions and bobcats lurking in the bush, rugged desert vegetation and an amazing sky lit with hues of red, orange and pink. Just make sure not to miss the majestic sandstone cliffs and spires.
Zion National Park
This is one of the most visited national parks in all of the U.S., and for very excellent reasons. You’ll find varied landscapes throughout the park, so be sure to plan accordingly. When you visit, the amazing hike up to Observation Point is highly recommended, as well as the Court of the Patriarchs. Wildlife watching is another major draw here, offering exclusive views of Peregrine falcon, the bald eagle, and the California condor, as well as countless species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians throughout the park. Canyoneering fans and rock-climbers will find plenty of attractions here at Zion, especially at The Narrows and Orderville Canyon.