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Eco-Travel at its Finest: 5 National Parks to Visit in Utah

Arches National Park - Landscape Arch

If you are looking for a family vacation surrounded with the beauty of nature, Utah is a destination to visit.

With its natural beauty and vast areas of breath taking wilderness, the state offers 43 parks that could bring you an unforgettable eco-travel. Outdoor enthusiasts, greatly marvel with Utah’s distinct gifts of nature. With five national parks to boast, there is truly an epic adventure that awaits for those who dare to travel.

Experience Utah at its finest, here are the five National Parks in Utah called “The Mighty5®”

1. Zion National Park

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Zion National Park
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Zion means “The Promised Land,” and it translates to a promising outdoor adventure that will leave you wanting for more if you are an adventure lover. With a stunning white, pink and reddish rocks stretching for about 24 kilometres, carved by the Virgin River over time, the canyon of the park is made of plateaus of sandstones with little surprises of colorful wildflowers.

The place is perfect for adventure as it has hiking trails that you can try. Exploring the gorgeous narrow linings of the Virgin River below can be an awesome journey with your family or friends. Activities like walking, hiking, backpacking, camping, canyoneering and climbing are things you can do while in the parks splendid mountains.

If you plan to go camping in Zion, make sure that you take an early booking, great campsites in the area easily fills-up, and you would not want your adventure to be jeopardized by lack of planning.


2. Arches National Park

Arches National Park - Landscape Arch

Arches National Park – Landscape Arch
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Watch spectacular sunset in Utah’s Arches National Park. This breathtaking National Park contains the largest concentration of natural stone arches that numbers to more than 2000, thus the name. The red, arid desert feature nature’s unbelievable sandstone forms such as pinnacles, fins, spires, arches, and balanced rocks.

Arches National Park is a 73,000-acre region that is truly a miracles of nature. It is located in the south-eastern Utah, in Moab. As you start your adventure, you will be seeing odd formations of sandstones and beautiful arches. Do not miss the opportunity to see the World’s Longest Natural Arch, Delicate Arch, Skyline Arch, and the others. As thousands of arches scattered all over the park, you will never run out of a place to take a picture perfect spot to pose for camera.

Hiking, climbing, camping, walking and mountaineering are activities you can do in the park. With its wonderful hike of labyrinth and narrow passages, towering canyons, enormous sand boulders and dead end paths, you surely will be up for a busy tour all day.

3. Bryce Canyon National Park

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Bryce Canyon National Park
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Unbelievably spectacular, the sight of the Bryce Canyon National Park is a sight to behold. The park is like a forest of rocks, where a series of large natural amphitheatres where a thousand of multi-colored rocks is nestled all over. These delicate spires, pinnacles, and mazes arecarved out of the pink cliffs by earth movement from millions of years, wind and water erosion made the place so beautifully unique and is a definite marvel for thousands of tourists worldwide.

Bryce Canyon National Park is located in the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Locals call it the “Hoodoo Country,” but the name speaks of “newfound respect for Mother Nature.” Like the other parks, the activities it offer are hiking, camping, telescope stargazing, and horseback riding. If you want to witness the places’ beauty in all its grandeur, visit the place in sunrise or in sunset where the light looks like playing with the rocks. Dance with the shadows as you wish, or simply stay from a place where you can delight your eyes with its amazing sight.

4. Capitol Reef National Park

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Capitol Reef National Park
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One of the most visited tourist attraction in the country, the Capitol Reef National Park is situated in the south-central Utah. It is less crowded place than the other parks but as scenic. The park stretches for about 160 kilometres in length with its unified geographic feature of colorful canyons and rugged rock formations. The park is also a home to a plenty of wildlife that makes the place more interesting to visit.

Hiking, camping, backpacking, wildlife viewing, and walking through the gorgeous orchards are some activities you can try while exploring Capitol Reef National Park. The campgrounds also operate in a first-come-first-serve basis, so planning ahead is extremely vital to make the most of the fun.


5. Canyonlands National Park

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Canyonlands National Park
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You can’t miss the Canyonlands if you want to explore all of the The Mighty5®. A maze of deep canyons, it could easily get lost in the destination so be careful in this breathtaking red rock paradise! Auto-tourism is popular in the park, so you can rest your feet and enjoy a four wheel drive while filing your eyes with the picturesque scenery.

Visit Utah and your adventure will be a great experience as the country promises. These national parks defines adventure at its best, and if you love nature and backpacking, you should start planning your travel to Utah today.

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