Utah’s National Parks

Published Date Author: , April 22nd, 2014

Utah National ParkEver heard of the “Mighty 5?” You will this year, if Utah’s tourism office has anything to say about it. This quintet of famous national parks – Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyon Lands, and Arches – is the focus of a massive new ad campaign run by the state. Whether you’re newly convinced to head to the rugged West, or you’ve had Utah on your travel bucket list for years, here’s our guide to help you choose where to go first…

For big groups or families…

Your kids may be glued to their iPhones throughout the flight (or car ride) to Utah, but once they spend a few minutes hiking the rose-orange dirt roads that criss-cross Capitol Reef National Park, they’ll change their tune. Mammoth, jagged-edged rock formations shoot up into the sky. These wrinkles in the earth’s surface developed tens of millions of years ago, and Google Maps doesn’t do the dazzling scene a bit of justice. Plus, if you’re on a budget, the cost of admission can’t be beat. (Admission: $5 per vehicle.)

For honeymooners or romantic types…

Pretty much every inch of Bryce Canyon’s perfectly chiseled landscape is a Kodak moment (or maybe an Instagram moment?) waiting to happen. Even if you’re not snapping photos at every turn, the vast ridges and valleys make the perfect backdrop while you inspect the indigenous plants and wildlife, or descend along narrow paths on a mule (rides $60-$80 per person). (Admission: $25 per vehicle.)

By Alex Schechter – Sherman’s Travel | Utah Gay Travel Resources

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