From deep canyons to towering stone castles, arches, monuments, and hoodoos, Utah’s naturally sculpted beauty is a spectacle that will stop you in your tracks and keep you staring. I’ve been here for the past month starting in Moab, I hit all the parks, Canyonlands to Red Cliffs. Carved by wind, water and ice over the eons these sculptures are diverse form one place to another, leaving a visitor awestricken and wondering what comes next.
I now am enjoying the company of my Dad, Grandma, and Aunt Lisa in the lovely Bryce Canyon. It’s pit stops like these that allow me to refresh, recover and prepare for the next adventure. Stay tuned… coming up next is Arizona, including the world famous Grand Canyon.
Arches – Famous stone archways, but also monuments and bridges. Spend some time checking out the overlooks and short hikes to and through the arches, but with a little extra effort a short backcountry trip gets away from the crowds. -Park Map-
Canyonlands – Where the Green River meets the mighty Colorado, Canyonlands is divided into three districts one distinct as the next: Island in the sky, The Needles, and The Maze. Offering longer hikes, extensive backpacking, canyoneering, world-class mountain bike and jeep trails. -Park Map-
See all the potential with this Southern Utah Area Map. -Area Map- Click Read More for more Park Descriptions and Maps
Capitol Reef – Stop in for the geological beauty, but this park also has a rich cultural history. Petroglyph cliffs, from the pre-Columbian Fremont People dot the landscape dating back 1,500 years. Earlier Mormon pioneers also called this home, planting orchards and erecting buildings – some of which still remain. -Park Map-
Grand Staircase – Escalante – A series of stepping cliffs rise up from east to west. This park is among the largest of National Monuments and offers extensive backpacking and hiking as well as scenic drives. -Park Map-
Zion – Follow the winding Virgin River up through high vertical cliffs, some reaching high over 4,000 above the valley floor. This park offers vast rock climbing opportunities, unique hikes through slot canyons, and hiking trails along the canyon rim that will stir your spirits. -Park Map-
Cedar Breaks - Located right outside Cedar City Cedar Breaks is a great place for shorter day hikes or a spot to camp when going to or from the other parks in the area. This is also an excellent place to view the stars, check out one of the NPS hosted Star Parties. Other area parks worth checking out in the area: Hovenweep, Dead Horse Point, Natural Bridges, Glen Canyon, Red Cliffs, Sand Hollow, Snow Canyon, Kodachrome, Goblin Valley, and Pink Coral Sand Dunes.