Utah: The Golden Region for National Parks

Although California and Alaska both offer more national parks, the five Utah national parks are home to some of the most spectacular landscapes and unique facets of nature.  Majestic mountains, sprawling canyons, waterfalls, and stunning rock formations await the outdoor enthusiasts.

Each of these national parks features similar landscapes while also offering unique differences that makes each one worthy of a traveler’s bucket list.  Here is a quick look at what these national parks offer to those who venture into their borders.

Zion National Park

It is hard to imagine a competitor to the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone, however Zion National Park is just that.  It is one of the most popular national parks in the United States as determined by both online searches and actual visitors to the park.

There are over 50 miles of trails meandering throughout the wilderness of Zion.  The infamous Narrows traverse the terrain in a mesmerizing way creating intrigue with every step of the exploration.  Another breathtaking hike is the journey out to Angels Landing with is both a spectacular view and an amazing adventure.

Arches National Park

This majestic wilderness is renowned for the over 2,000 naturally occurring arches.  A favored attraction is Delicate Arch which is one of the most photographed feats of nature.  It stands a height of 52 feet (16 m).

Some of the other coveted arches and rock formations include Courthouse Towers, Devils Garden, Balanced Rock, and the Double Arch.  Each of these incredible attractions is painted brilliantly orange by the sandstone and glistening sun.  It is imperative that hikers travel with plenty of water, sunscreen, and protective clothing.  The sun can be brutal.

Bryce Canyon National Park

The highlight of Bryce Canyon for many is the hoodoos that are sprawled out across the canyon walls.  They collectively work together creating a type of natural amphitheater for mother nature to showcase her beauty.

The ridge of the canyon reaches heights of 9,000 feet (2,700 m) with the walls displaying an array of red, orange, and white colors.  The sandstone hoodoos only enhance the beauty.

Canyonlands National Park

Not to be mistaken for the Grand Canyon, however this national park delivers an abundance of canyons and striking burnt orange desert landscapes.

The Colorado River and the Green River both traverse through the wilderness creating beautiful landscapes featuring arches, buttes, canyons, and mesas.  The arid vegetation brings a shade of green into the abundant burnt orange, yellow, and white colors creating one of the more incredibly colored wilderness palettes.

Travelers can leverage beautiful scenic drives throughout the park or become more adventurous with treks across this amazing wilderness.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef often takes a backseat to its neighboring parks, however that should not be the case.  A focal point within the stunning landscapes of the park is Waterpocket Fold.  This region of the park is home to the world’s largest exposed monocline.

This is not the only landscape in the park worthy of exploration, but it is a highlight that should lead travelers to include this national park in their Utah wilderness exploration.


Utah is the golden region of the United States for exploring some of the most brilliant colored landscapes and unique rock formations in the country, if not the world.  Although the United States is home to an abundance of natural wonders,, Utah should be at the top of any bucket list for nature loving enthusiasts.

Take a couple of weeks and go explore the splendor of Utah.

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