If you imagine a landscape shaped by cold, heat, wind, water and sand blasting over thousands of years creating a land with swirls of color, shapes and textures – then you are about to see the results of these forces of nature at their finest, all here in Utah.
Salt Lake City is in the north of the State, and is most of the big name ‘National Parks and Monuments’ are 3 to 5 hour’s driving distance from Salt Lake City to the north or south.
Utah has five National Parks – Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Zion National Park, but also state Parks and forests – so almost no matter where you travel you will see interesting landscapes and views with 2200 miles of Scenic Byways, one of the best being the Scenic Byway 12 (also called the All-America Road).
These are Utah’s Top 5 National Parks –
While you can certainly do a day trip to one of the Parks from Salt Lake City, most of your time will be spent travelling rather than being there, so the ideal is to stay closer to the Parks at one of the smaller towns, such as Moab, St George, Hurricane, Springdale, Torrey, Virgin depending on which Parks you intent to see. Moab for example is 240 miles or a 4 hour drive from Salt Lake City and will be longer if you stop at places along the way – which you probably will do to take photos and take in the views, and of course once you are near to one of the Parks, you might be up early enough to see a sunrise or late in the day a sunset.
In Moab and St George areas you will find golf, rafting, hot air ballooning, horse riding, rafting, 4WD driving, boating, fishing, spas, ranch holiday places and lots of places to either just relax or get involved in any number of activities. In the St George area for example close by are a number of lakes and reservoirs – Baker reserve, Enterprise Reservoir, Kolob Reservoir over 8000 feet high with mountains, aspen forest and snow, Pine valley Reservoir, Quail Creek and Sand Hollow both close to St George with boating, fishing, camping sites and of course great scenery too.
UTAH as you can see has great scenery and places to stay over and could well be the state where you take more photographs and have more ‘wow’ moments than any other state that you visit. As much as we have talked about some places to visit and spend time, there are many smaller places to see too, and of course the journey is always enriched by the people you meet who live here or are fellow travellers.