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It wasn’t until I arrived to Utah that I realized I had under budgeted my time. At first I was filled with excitement that I could go to Arches National Park and Canyonlands all from Moab. But then I started doing more research, I realized I totally forgot three other gems of a national park.

Utah is your national park enthusiast’s ultimate destination.

One state, five incredible national parks that beckon for a trip of a lifetime. Each national park is filled with natural wonders from arches to valleys. Take a look at the big five:

1. Arches National Park
Location: Moab, Utah
Known for: Balancing rocks, arches, and Mars-like landscapes.

2. Bryce Canyon National Park
Location: Bryce Canyon, Utah
Known for: Hoodoos (odd shaped pillars of rock left over from erosion) and forests

3. Canyonlands National Park
Location: Moab, Utah
Known for: Canyons, Rivers, Buttes, and spires.

4. Capitol Reef National Park
Location: Torrey, Utah
Known for: Cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges.

5. Zion National Park
Location: Canyons, mountains,
Known for: Slot canyons, towering waterfalls, and soaring mountains.


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