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 backcountry 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 with an extended journey or quick getaway to some of the most popular national parks in the United States.
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 visitors unique, world-class scenic vistas, geological phenomena and wildlife. In fact, Utah's national parks feature some of the most astonishing landscapes in the world.
Outside of the national parks, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and Glen Canyon/Lake Powell National Recreation Area combine stunning scenery with incredible boating and trophy fishing. The Four Corners area spreads across the boundaries of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico with millennia of human history, settlements from a vast Ancestral Pueblo empire and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities for today's explorers. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park paints the beautiful and iconic images of the West across sweeping backdrops for your own personal Western movie and Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument has enough rugged, open space to add unexpected adventure to a family vacation and occupy the most rugged adventurer for days.
Not sure how to begin planning your trip? Browse our best Southern Utah itineraries in The Mighty 5® section or take the most popular national parks in Utah one at a time. Each page offers inspiration, must-do or must-see guides, and travel tips and logistics. You'll also find family and adventure guides for several of the parks, with a handful of each of the park's best hikes.