Utah is a photographer’s paradise located in the western United States. It is home to five US National Parks nicknamed the Mighty 5. They are Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef. Utah’s winters boast the “Greatest Snow on Earth.”
The more we learn about Utah, the more we want to visit. It’s an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, hikers, adventure seekers, winter sports lovers, and anyone who needs to rejuvenate. Many top travel bloggers have already explored the Mighty 5 and have allowed me to share their photos here:
Zion National Park
Zion, sometimes referred to as the promised land, is the most visited National Park in Utah. Larger than life sandstone cliffs creating narrow canyon slots are intermixed with lush wilderness and beautiful waterfalls.
Bryce National Park
What can you say about a park famous for its hoodoos, other than, “take me there”?
Capitol Reef National Park
Amazing colors in the rock formations, Capitol Reef is near the centre of the Mighty 5. Interestingly, it was given its name by early pioneers who thought the white dome shaped peaks reminded them of the US Capitol building.
Arches National Park
Referred to as a “Gateway to Another World,” this is the park you want to be in at sunrise and sunset. The natural orange sandstone arches will be easy to spot as there are more than 2,000 of them in this park.
Canyonlands National Park
Filled with pinnacles, spires, buttes, and mesas, Canyonlands is Utah’s largest national park divided into four districts by the Colorado and Green Rivers.
Map to the Mighty 5:
From Las Vegas you can easily drive to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands.
Utah is also home to many state and regional parks. Here are two favorites of other travel bloggers who have already been there:
Hovenweep National Monument
Greatest Snow on Earth
And if that’s not enough, Utah boasts the “Greatest Snow on Earth” an expression so descriptive the state has copyrighted it. Utah is situated on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains and reports an annual snowfall of 13 metres. Skiers and snowboarders will tell you it is mostly light and dry. No wonder Salt Lake City, Utah was chosen for the 2002 winter Olympics. With 14 major ski resorts, there are plenty of opportunities to experience some of this powder magic.
- Learn more about each of these Utah parks from their US National Parks pages Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands.
- For a detailed itinerary, check out National Geographic’s National Parks Road Trip: Utah
- If you are planning to visit multiple US National Parks, you can pre-purchase a national annual pass that will most likely save you money, or you can pick one up at any of the Mighty 5.
- Salt Lake City is 2.5 hours drive from Las Vegas or a one hour flight from either San Francisco or Los Angeles.
- The airport in Salt Lake City is also the closest major airport to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming or the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
- If you live outside of the USA, there are several international ski passes available that offer discounts to multiple parks.
The beauty of this state reminds me of our recent drive down the Oregon Coast. While the scenery is completely different, both Oregon and Utah are stunning, relaxing, and remind me in some way of our New Zealand home.
Utah is calling to us, and maybe it will start calling to you too.