Utah is a state located in the Mountain West subregion of the Western United States. It is the 30th most populous state of the United States. Utah is the 13th largest state among the 50 states of America. Utah got its statehood on 4th January 1896 and it has become the 45th state to join the union. The bordering states of Utah are Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Arizona to the south, Idaho to the north, and Nevada to the west. It also reaches the corner of New Mexico in the southeast. Utah has 29 counties. Utah’s capital is Salt Lake City. 

Utah offers many activities which are amazing like hiking, winter sports, climbing, nature, and wildlife, air tours, day trips, cultural tours, sightseeing, etc. There are two stunning national parks in Utah and they are:

  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park is located in southeastern Utah near Moab. It is accessible by air or car from Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and Grand Junction. The park has a colorful landscape eroded with many canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Green River, Colorado River, and its tributaries. You can explore a wilderness of numerous canyons in the Canyonlands.

The river divides the park into four districts namely Islands of the Sky, The Maze, The Needles, and the rivers themselves. All these share a desert atmosphere but each one offers unique and different opportunities for adventure and sightseeing. The best time to visit this national park is during spring or fall.

Things to do in the Canyonlands National Park

  • Hiking
  • 4WD Tours
  • Biking Tours
  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Sightseeing
  • Air Tours

Top Attractions in Canyonlands National Park

  • Mesa Arch
  • Island in the Sky
  • Grand View Point Overlook
  • Shafer Trail
  • The Needles
  • Dead Horse Point State Park
  • White Rim Trail
  • Green River Overlook
  • Horseshoe Canyon
  • Upheaval Dome
  • White Rim Road
  • Shafer Canyon Overlook

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is located in south-central Utah in the red rock country and it is filled with canyons, domes, cliffs, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold. The national park is almost 60 miles long on its north axis and is about 6 miles wide on average. 

Capitol Reef National Park was established in 1971 and it preserves about 241,904 acres of the desert landscape. There are numerous hiking trails that are considered to be the best in this national park and there are campgrounds where you will have a great experience. It is kept open all year round and the perfect time to visit this park is from May through September. 

Things to do in the Capitol Reef National Park

  • Road tours
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Scenic drive tours
  • Canyoneering
  • Rock climbing
  • Horseback riding
  • 4WD tours
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