Beautiful National Parks and Monuments in Utah
Utah is a state blessed with tremendous natural wonders and many of these great sites are protected in national parks and national monuments in Utah. In large part due to the beautiful national parks and monuments in Utah the state enjoys a very robust tourism trade as millions of tourists from all over the United States and the world travel to the state each year to see these great protected natural wonders which keeps the hotels, lodges and motels in the state full. These are the beautiful national parks and monuments in Utah.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah off Highways 9 and 17 not far from the exits for those highways off Interstate 15. Contained in the park are a number of magnificent canyons including Zion Canyon and any number of named huge rock formations of differing colors and shapes. Zion National Park is extremely popular with hikers, rock climbers and campers and there is overnight accommodations in the park at Zions Lodge as well as plenty of hotels, lodges and motels in the surrounding area.
Natural Bridges National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument is located in southeastern Utah at the end of Highway 275 off Highway 95 about 35 miles west of the town of Blanding, Utah. Contained in Natural Bridges National Monument are the 2nd and 4th largest natural bridges in the world and a smaller natural bridge all of which can be seen along the parks main road. The monument also has some of the darkest night skies in the United States which makes it popular with tourists and visitors who want to stargaze.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is located off Utah Highway 63 in southern Utah and contains the amazing and beautifully colored Bryce Canyon which was created by erosion which created hoodoos and other brilliant rock formations. Hiking and camping are available in the park but most visitors and tourists simply drive along the main road which offers many views and vistas overlooking the magnificent scenery in Bryce Canyon National Park. There are lodges, resorts and motels in the nearby vicinity to accommodate overnight tourists.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Image Source (Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument)
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is located in south-central Utah and contains nearly 1.9 million acres of public land including the Grand Staircase layers of sedimentary rock, the 50 mile long Kaiparowits Plateau and the Canyons of the Escalante River. Not the easiest of places for tourists and visitors to get to but Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a really beautiful massive stretch of land in Utah.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park is located in southern Utah and has two entrances one off Highway 211 and the other off Highway 313 near the resort city of Moab. Canyonlands contains beautiful magnificent canyons that were carved into the Colorado Plateau by the Green and Colorado Rivers. This national park is simply spectacular and hard to describe using just words. It really has to be seen to be believed especially after a snowfall and some 400,000 tourists a year visit Canyonlands National Park. Popular activities in the park include hiking, camping, kayaking and whitewater rafting. Most tourists to Canyonlands stay at the hotels, lodges and motels in Moab.
Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Timpanogos Cave National Monument is located in north-central Utah about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. Timpanogos Cave National Monument contains a large cave system and the National Park Service offers visitors guided tours from May through October.
Arches National Park
Arches National Park is located in central-eastern Utah just north of the resort town of Moab with the park entrance located along Highway 191. Contained in Arches National Park are amazing rock formations and geological wonders including over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Some rock climbing is now allowed in Arches National Park and other recreational activities include hiking, biking and camping. For those who just want to see the arches and rock formations without much effort the roads through park offer plenty of views and viewpoints. Hotels, motels and tourist accommodations are readily available in Moab.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Cedar Breaks National Monument is located in southwestern Utah east of Cedar City off Utah Highway 148. Cedar Breaks National Monument contains a 3 mile long over 2,000 feet deep natural amphitheater canyon full of brilliant and beautiful colors. Cedar Breaks is not as well known as nearby Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks but does get over 200,000 visitors per year and none of the tourists leave Cedar Breaks National Monument complaining. There are plenty of motels and hotels in Cedar Breaks to accommodate overnight tourists.
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park is located in south-central Utah along Utah Highway 24 about 8 miles west of Torrey. Capitol Reef National Park is over 100 miles long and contains a vast array of colorful canyons, buttes and monolith rock formations and the signature white domes and cliffs of the main reef which looks somewhat like the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. A few motels and restaurants can be found in Torrey.
Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument is located in northeast Utah and northwest Colorado as the two states share the natural wonder. Contained in Dinosaur National Monument are the fossils of many dinosaurs from the Jurassic Period some 150 million years ago and the beautiful Green River Canyon. Dinosaur National Monument in Utah can be reached along Utah Highway 149 north of Jensen.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Rainbow Bridge National Monument contains a beautiful 290 foot high, 234 foot span, 42 foot thick and 33 foot wide natural bridge. Rainbow Bridge is located along the shores of Lake Powell in southern Arizona and the best way for tourists and visitors to see this natural wonder is by taking a tour boat trip on Lake Powell though there is also a hiking trail that goes through Navajo Lands and a permit must be obtained from the Navajo Nation to make this 4 hour round trip hike.
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