Posted by: RasmaSandra | April 6, 2022

Exploring Utah

Zion National Park has amazing scenery like red rock cliffs, waterfalls, and wonerful vistas. The most impressive sites are in Zion Canyon along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The Zion Mount Carmel Highway runs east-west through the park and offers lookouts with amazing views, The park is great for hikers and the most popular trails can be accessed off the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and the Zion Mount Carmel Highway. The most popular is Angel’s Landing Trail.

Arches National Park has impressive stone arches and rolling petrified dunes with a back ground of the snow-capped peaks of the La Sal Mountains. It has an incredible 2,000 natural stone arches with the most popular being Delicate Arch looking like a horseshoe jutting out of the ground. There are many walking trails and among other places to visit are the Devil’s Garden, Fiery Furnace, Double Arch, Park Avenue, Balanced Rock, the Windows, Broken Arch, and Sandstone Arch. The park is well known to mountain bikers and outdoor adventurers. There are many good campground in the area.

Monument Valley looks like a scene from on old Western movie with red rock buttes and at times people on horseback passing by. This is Monument Vally Navajo Tribal Park which is located on the Navajo Indian Reservation on the Utah-Arizona border. You can see some dramatic landscape along Valley Drive but if you want to see more you have to arrange for a guide at the visitor center. The view form the Monument Valley Visitor Center is amazing.

Canyonlands National Park is sort of like the Grand Canyon without any crowds. The park ahs three sections the main one attracting most sightseers is Island in the Sky, There are carved canyons with a background of snow-capped mountains. In this section the highlight is Mesa Arch forming a window to the canyons, buttes, and landscape. The other two sections are Needles District and The Maze with varied landscapes.
Bryce Canyon National Park has Bryce Canyon and stone pillars that glow in shades of orange, pink, cream, and cinnamon. There are exicitng hiking trails to explore and a great surprise are the Bristlecone pine trees.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument offers visitors a landscape of canyons, arches, hills, waterfalls, forest, and scrubland, It is the largest national monument in the US. It is popular with hikers. The park has campgrounds but if you prefer one of the best resorts in Utah is next to this park.

Dead Horse Point State Park had one of the best lookouts of any state park in Utah, The main viewpoint looks out over a gooseneck in the Colorado River carving through the landscape, there are cliff walls rising 2,000 feet and plateaus in the distance. On a shelf of land below the viewpoing, the Potash Road is the Thelma and Louise Point where the final scene in the movie “Thelma and Louise” was filmed. The best way to see the park is the walking trail along the rim.

Capitol Reef National Park has interesting landscapes and huge wall of banded sandstone that rises above the Freemont River, There are canyons, rock spires, cliff walls, arches, and gorges. This is a great place for sighseeing and for hiking. The nearest twon is Torrey where visitors can find accomodation and camping options.

Sand Hollow has unique features along with a large lake. The Sandpit Campground is just back from the beach. Among the activities here includ motorized off road riding among sand dunes, swimming, kayaking, and boating.

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  1. Such a spectacular state!

    • It certainly is with all those beautiful national parks. Thank you for taking the tour and I hope you have a wonderful weekend,

  2. Wow!!

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