Utah's five national parks have it all. See unique soaring spires, towering pinnacles, sandstone canyons, and intricately eroded arches of sculptured stone for starters.see more »
Utah's National Parks
Forge new memories among fiery red rock and embrace your most adventurous side in Utah's national parks — whether that side likes to explore new terrain on a short nature hike, pedal a canyon rim, or navigate a slot canyon. Curious about Arches National Park or Moab, Utah? Seen pictures of Zion National Park? It's time to satisfy that curiosity.
Utah's five spectacular national parks stretch across the southern half of the state and can be experienced individually, or as part of one epic vacation to Utah. Each park offers the traveler unique, world-class scenic vistas and geological phenomena. In fact, Utah's national parks feature some of the most astonishing landscapes in the world.
It is difficult to capture the breadth of Utah's Mighty 5® national parks in a few short sentences, let alone once you factor in Utah's seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and the Golden Spike National Historic Site. This one-sheet offers a glimpse of it all, or read on to learn a little about all five national parks, then get to know each park in greater detail.
It is not every day you can plan to experience five of America's greatest national parks in a single, unforgettable vacation to Utah.
Today must be pretty special.
Those parks are The Mighty 5® national parks: Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion.
What does it mean to experience Utah's Mighty 5® national parks? Experiencing is hiking, river rafting, biking, picnicking, walking, mule riding, exploring, climbing and star-gazing.
Seeing is experiencing:
It means feeling the warmth of the sunrise amid Canyonlands' towering depths, then racing the setting sun to witness it breach the horizon through an impossibly delicate rock bow in Arches National Park.
It means finding yourself nose-to-nose with ancient petroglyphs in Capitol Reef National Park, then being absorbed by the night as you lie beneath a meteor shower, streaking across the Milky Way.
One day you're gazing down from 9,000 feet at coral-colored rock hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park and wondering how nature summoned such impossible hues? The next day you're hiking in a river, craning your neck up steep canyon walls in Zion, and realizing you exist at the outermost cusp of an awesome geologic timeline.
With so many unique national parks, there's more than one way to visit Utah.
Find your way in one of our itineraries at or call us at 1-800-200-1160 for help building the perfect vacation.
Snapshots of The Mighty 5®
In the southwestern part of the state is Zion National Park, the oldest and most visited park, features towering monoliths and deep canyons. Zion National Park weather is accommodating year-round, but you'll love cooling off in the Virgin River when the sun is shining hot.
Bryce Canyon's trademark towers called "hoodoos" beckon photographers to all year long, who hope to catch the park's one-of-a-kind geology in the perfect light. Seeing and hiking Bryce Canyon is a bucket-list destination you won't want to miss.
3. Capitol Reef
Capitol Reef, in the south central region, features the magnificent Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust called a monocline. Capitol Reef also showcases some of Utah's most impressive arches, domes, scenic byways, jaw-dropping cliffs and impeccable night skies.
Residing toward the eastern edge of the state, Canyonlands National Park is the largest of the five Utah parks. The convergence of the powerful Colorado and Green rivers, combined with millions of years of uplift and erosion, have created this giant expanse of impossibly epic views, excellent backcountry trails and countless geological anomalies.
Finally, Arches National Park and its 2,000 sandstone spans, welcomes visitors with its magical landscape. Hike to the world-famous Delicate Arch, or explore the park's many other mind-blowing nooks and crannies.