Utah’s Top National Parks & Reserved Natural Landmarks
Marked as the thirteenth largest state in the western United States, Utah is blessed with an abundance of natural wonders and rock formations that can be found in its surroundings. It is regarded as a center of transportation, government, education services, mining, information technology, and a famed tourist destination for outdoor recreation. It attracts millions of visitors throughout the year from all over the globe as it compromises of widely renowned natural parks and attractions including the Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonland National Park, 5 historic sites, including the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, and dozens of trails and National Monuments. Utah was home to one of the most significant native Indian cultures and has been tagged as one of the most popularized tourist destinations in the entire American continent.
What’s So Special about the National Parks in Utah?
- Zion National Park: It is located in southwestern Utah and occupies an area of 229 miles. The most renowned feature of the park is Zion Canyon (24-km long and spans up to 80m). Other feature includes natural arches, slot canyons, rivers, mountains, buttes, and mesas. It is a great place for the vacationers to explore as it offers tons of activities such as hiking, wildlife viewing, and similar. In addition, it has several significant points of interests, welcoming visitors to explore the natural recreation; these include Zion Canyon, Emerald Pools, Virgin River, and Angels Landings.
- Bryce Canyon National Park: A sprawling reserve in southern Utah, Bryce National Park famed for its crimson-colored hoodoos. One of the most visited destinations in Utah, the Bryce Canyon, is an amphitheater filled with hoodoos (irregularly eroded spire of rocks). The significant point of interests here includes the Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point, and Sunrise Point. The park offers a variety of outdoor activities to the visitors, which includes hiking, horseback riding, camping (the park contains two campgrounds), lodging, and to deepen the understandings about the park, free ranger programs are offered.
- Canyonland National Park: Renowned for its dramatic desert landscape sculpted by the Colorado River, Canyonland National Park is situated in southeastern Utah. The park maintains a colorful landscape, featuring countless canyons, mesas, and buttes, all eroded by the Colorado River and the Green River. The Colorado River and the Green River molded the park into four districts (the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the combined rivers) which shares a primitive desert atmosphere and each of these districts offer incompatible opportunities for adventure, sightseeing, and exploration.
- Arches National Park: A home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches such as the gigantic, red-hued Delicate Arch in the east, Arches National Park lies in the North of Moab in Utah. The park features hundreds of soaring peaks, enormous fins, and giant balanced rocks. The unbelievable red-rock formations in this wonderland will astonish you, reinvigorate you with its trails, and galvanize you with its sunsets. The most visited spots in this park include the Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Devil’s Garden, Double Arch, Corona Arch, Hell’s revenge 4×4 trail, North Window, South Window, and Lion’s