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National Parks in Utah

Plus Monuments, Historic Sites & Natl. Trails


The natural beauty of Utah is hard to match. Ranking third for most national parks in one state, Utah grants its visitors access to some amazing outdoor recreation and family fun.

The wilderness of the Beehive State features 13 sites managed by the National Park Service – which combined draw nearly 10 million annual visitors.

Find your inner outdoorsman and hit one – or more – of five national parks in Utah, plus monuments, historic sites, and national trails.

Cradled in beautiful eastern Utah, the Arches National Park is a stunning collection of sandstone arches, scenic desert, and incredible trails. Be sure to set eyes upon park icons like Three Gossips, Balanced Rock, and the famed Delicate Arch.

Hiking, biking, and auto touring are must-dos in Arches. Try a three-hour, ranger-led tour of the Fiery Furnace – offered daily from March through October – or make your way to Windows Trail or circle Balanced Rock. Brought your bike? Hit the bike trial connecting park to nearby Moab.

Where to start in Bryce Canyon National Park? Encompassing the town of Bryce Canyon City in southern Utah, this national park is a collection of outdoor activity suited to meet your vacation's itinerary.

Get that backpack together, because we’re hiking the Bryce Amphitheater. If you need something easy, try the Bristlecone Loop or Mossy Cove Trail – featuring a small waterfall from May to October. For a longer day on the trail, trek Swamp Canyon and Riggs Spring Loop, or try horseback riding from April through October.

Bryce Canyon is stunning during the day – and night. See for yourself at the Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival happening in late June through early July. Spend each night at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center's Trailer for stargazing until 12:30 a.m. Sign up for constellation tours given by Bryce Canyon's “Dark” Rangers.

Covering acres of 337,598 acres of eastern Utah, Canyonlands National Park‎ features some of Utah best trails for hiking, mountain biking, four-wheeling, and horseback riding – plus rafting, kayaking, and fishing on preserved sections of the scenic Green River and Colorado River.

Also in southeastern Utah, Capitol Reef National Park‎ near Torrey features more stunning rock formations, scenic views, and trails. A narrow, 100-mile long park, Capitol Reef yields activity like hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and auto touring. Historic sites at the park include the Fruita Schoolhouse, Merin-Smith Implement Shed, and Historic Gifford Homestead – best followed by lunch in the picnic area.

Zion National Park – found southwest near Springdale and Mount Carmel – is yet another iconic area of Utah’s Mighty Five. Home to Zion Canyon, the park boasts seven tremendous hiking paths like Angels Landing Trail, Taylor Creek, and Kolob Arch – plus rock climbing, horseback riding, and canyoneering in The Subway.

Utah also features several national monuments: Cedar Breaks National Monument near Cedar City and Timpanogos Cave National Monument near Lehi – plus Natural Bridges National Monument and Rainbow Bridge National Monument in southeastern Utah. Monuments spanning Utah and a neighboring state include Dinosaur National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Combine history with fun activities no matter where you go in the national parks of Utah. National Historic Trails include California, Old Spanish, Mormon Pioneer, and the legendary Pony Express. And for a final lesson, don’t miss Golden Spike National Historic Site near Ogden in northern Utah.

The national parks of Utah are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, family vacationers, nature photographers, wildlife lovers – the list goes on and on.

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn

26 South Main Street, Bryce Canyon City UT 84764
Phone: 435-834-5341  |  Fax: 435-834-5341  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

30 N 100 E, Bryce Canyon City UT 84764
Phone: (435) 834-5700  |  Fax: (435) 834-5702  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Town & Country Inn

189 N Main Street, Cedar City UT 84720-2650
Phone: (435) 586-9900  |  Fax: (435) 586-1664  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Timpanogos Inn

195 S 850 E, Lehi UT 84043-3448
Phone: (801) 768-1400  |  Fax: (801) 768-1444  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Greenwell Inn

105 S Main Street, Moab UT 84532-2506
Phone: (435) 259-6151  |  Fax: (435) 259-4397  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn

16 S Main Street, Moab UT 84532-2503
Phone: (435) 259-2300  |  Fax: (435) 259-2301  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge

Junction SR 9 & US-89 East Zion, Mount Carmel UT 84755
Phone: (435) 648-2203  |  Fax: (435) 648-2239  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus High Country Inn

1335 W 1200 S, Ogden UT 84404-5417
Phone: (801) 394-9474  |  Fax: (801) 392-6589  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus CottonTree Inn

10695 Auto Mall Drive, Sandy UT 84070-4147
Phone: (801) 523-8484  |  Fax: (801) 523-8989  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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