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Why Southern Utah should be on your bucket list

| Travel Ideas, United States

Why Southern Utah should be on your bucket list

Looking to spend a week on the open roads of Southern Utah? Spend your Utah destinations vacation at The Mighty 5® – iconic national parks – with equally majestic national monuments and state parks in between. We don’t use “iconic” and “majestic” lightly. These are the standard bearers of Utah, the giants whose splendour has inspired humans for centuries.

The lure of Utah’s national parks is inescapable, but Utah is the place to savour the entire journey known as the Road to Mighty®. Along your way, make a destination out of national monuments, national forests, revered tribal lands, state parks and welcoming rural communities. Hike, raft, bike, walk, explore and stargaze away your days and nights into more memories than you can count, all in one spectacular Utah vacation.

Horse trip through Bryce Canyon

Book a guided mule or horse trip through Bryce Canyon.

Travel on the Mount Carmel Scenic Byway through amazing scenery to Zion National Park with some of the most spectacular hiking and impossible landscapes you will never forget.

Travel on the Mount Carmel Scenic Byway through amazing scenery to Zion National Park.

From the start, you’ll be transported to a new world with massive expanses of technicolour cliffs, brilliant-hued hoodoos and wide-open spaces around Bryce Canyon National Park. After dark, you’ll be treated to a stellar night sky – the Milky Way streaking across it so brightly that it seems you could walk the stars like a trail. Ride horseback through stone spires, hike to stone arches, or hop around stone goblins seemingly frozen in time. Revel in the majestic view of Delicate Arch, one of the most famous geologic features in the world.

From the start, you’ll be transported to a new world with massive expanses of technicolour cliffs, brilliant-hued hoodoos and wide-open spaces around Bryce Canyon National Park.

Test your mettle with slick rock mountain biking. Gape at the towering stone sentinels of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park that have long defined the world’s image of the American West. Summit to impossibly high – even heavenly – perches, where you’ll get a vertiginous view into the heart of Zion National Park. Then, from the depths of a gorge, gape upwards at the sheer scale of the narrow walls that surround you as you wade through the river that carved them.

Magnificently coloured and rugged rock features made of contrasting red Entrade and white Navajo sandstone abound at Capitol Reef National Park. Even considering Utah’s many impressive national parks and monuments, it is difficult to rival Capitol Reef National Park’s sense of expansiveness; of broad, sweeping vistas; of a tortured, twisted, seemingly endless landscape; of limitless sky and desert rock. Imagine wave after wave of deep canyons, towering mesas, pinnacles, cliffs and spires stretching across 527 square miles.

Utah’s National Parks are variations on a theme — petrified jurassic sediments sculpted by wind, water + time.
Delicate Arch at night in the Utah

Visit the Delicate Arch at night – one of the most famous geologic features in the world.

This is Canyonlands National Park, formed by the currents and tributaries of Utah’s Green and Colorado Rivers. Canyonlands is home to many different types of travel experiences, from sublime solitude in the more remote stretches of the park to moderate hikes through the Needles District to the opportunity to create your own version of one of the West’s most photographed landforms, Mesa Arch. Nowhere else will you find such varied desert terrain in such a concentrated area. You’ll get a huge taste of Utah’s inspiring beauty and outdoor adventure.