Utah is home to a variety of national and state parks. Here is a list of the most popular ones.
Arches National Park
The most iconic national park in Utah is the Arches National Park. The park is home to around two thousand impressive rock formations that jut out of the ground. The most popular of these rock formations is the Delicate Arch. This formation resembles a giant horseshoe jutting out of the ground.
It is said that these rocks start out as giant fissures which erode faster in the middle than at the top, resulting in the formation of bridges and many other shapes.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Rated as one of the smallest parks in the US, Bryce Canyon National Park is also one of the most captivating. The park has a collection of thousands of pole like rock formations located close to one another. Native Americans explain the rock formations as thousands of beings turned into stone by a trickster god, referred to as the Coyote God, as a punishment.
Antelope Island State Park
Antelope Island is one of the many islands spread out in the salty waters of the Great Basin in western Utah. The island which is estimated to be about 15 miles long is home to several hundred American bisons. These animals, which were once considered a great symbol of the American frontier, were hunted close to extinction. The group living in the park represents the remnants of herds that numbered into the millions.
Canyonlands National Park
As Utah’s version of the Grand Canyon, this national park is just as impressive. The park is divided into three portions, the Island in the Sky, Maze and the Needles District. Each of these different parts of the park is distinct and appealing in their way; however, the most popular of them all is the Island in the Sky. It is made up of massive vistas overlooking the canyon and the mountains at a distance.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
This park is located on a Navajo Indian Reservation close to the Arizona border. The park is famous for its rich offering of buttes, red mesas and the surrounding dessert. There is a Valley Drive where you can drive yourself through an awe-inspiring landscape, with marked stops where you can stop to take pictures and take in the impressive sights. To drive beyond this 17-mile dirt road, visitors have to get an official guide.
With the above list, you can be sure that you will experience the best of all the Utah parks.