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The sheer beauty of Utah's National Parks and Monuments are, "we'll let you decide!" You can camp at all the national parks in Utah, and each offers ranger-led activities. Geology is an important element in all of Utah's national parks, with impressive rock formations forming the bases of all them.
In addition, Gold Star families and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces will receive free lifetime passes to all National Parks.
Arches National Park
Arches is located in Southern Utah, near the city of Moab. Arches National Park preserves over two thousand natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. In some areas, faulting has exposed millions of years of geologic history.The extraordinary features of the park, including balanced rocks, fins and pinnacles, are highlighted by a striking environment of contrasting colors, landforms and textures.
P.O. Box 907, Moab, UT 84532
Arches National Park Official Website
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon, famous for its worldly unique geology, consists of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have shaped the colorful limestone rock of the Claron Formation into bizarre shapes including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called "hoodoos."
P.O. Box 640201, Bryce, UT 84764-0201
Bryce Canyon National Park Official Website
Canyonlands National Park
Located in the same corner of Utah as Arches, Canyonlands lies in terrain created by the Colorado and Green Rivers. This Utah national park is a haven for off-road recreation fans with several ATV trails. Visitors can also indulge in whitewater rafting, hiking and cycling. Canyonlands National Park preserves a colorful landscape of sedimentary sandstones eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The Colorado and Green rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. While the districts share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration and learning. Canyonlands invites you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves. These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.
2282 SW Resource Blvd., Moab, UT 84532
Canyonlands National Park Official Website
Capitol Reef National Park
The Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known as a monocline, extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Capitol Reef National Park was established to protect this grand and colorful geologic feature, as well as the unique historical and cultural history found in the area.
HC 70 Box 15, Torrey, UT 84775
Capitol Reef National Park Official Website
Cedar Breaks National Park
A huge natural amphitheater has been eroded out of the variegated Pink Cliffs (Claron Formation) near Cedar City, Utah. Millions of years of sedimentation, uplift and erosion have created a deep canyon of rock walls, fins, spires and columns, that spans some three miles, and is over 2,000 feet deep. The rim of the canyon is over 10,000 feet above sea level, and is forested with islands of Englemann spruce, subalpine fir and aspen; separated by broad meadows of brilliant summertime wild flowers.
Cedar Breaks National Park Official Website
Dinosaur National Monument
This is Echo Park, named by John Wesley Powell in 1869 during his first scientific expedition into the Colorado Plateau. It is here that the Yampa River, the last natural flowing river in the Colorado River System, joins the Green River. This is home and critical habitat for the endangered peregrine falcon, bald eagle, Colorado pikeminnow, and razorback sucker. Indian rock art in Echo Park testifies to the allure these canyons and rivers had for prehistoric people. In 1825, William H. Ashley and his fur trappers were the first Europeans to enter Echo Park. In 1883, Patrick Lynch, a hermit, was the first to homestead in this canyon.
Dinosaur National Monument Official Website
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a panorama of human history. Additionally, the controversy surrounding the construction of Glen Canyon Dam and the creation of Lake Powell contributed to the birth of the modern day environmental movement. The park offers opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, backcountry hiking and four-wheel drive trips.
Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Official Website
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Completion of the world's first transcontinental railroad was celebrated here where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869. Golden Spike was designated as a national historic site in nonfederal ownership on April 2, 1957, and authorized for federal ownership and administration by an act of Congress on July 30, 1965.
Golden Spike National Historic Site Official Website
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Rainbow Bridge is the world's largest natural bridge. The span has undoubtedly inspired people throughout time--from the neighboring American Indian tribes who consider Rainbow Bridge sacred, to the 300,000 people from around the world who visit it each year. Please visit Rainbow Bridge in a spirit that honors and respects the cultures to whom it is sacred. While Rainbow Bridge is a separate unit of the National Park Service, it is proximate to and administered by Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument Official Website
Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Timpanogos Cave National Monument sits high in the Wasatch Mountains. The cave system consists of three spectacularly decorated caverns. Each cavern has unique colors and formations. Helictites and anthodites are just a few of the many dazzling formations to be found in the many chambers. As visitors climb to the cave entrance, on a hike gaining over 1,000 feet in elevation, they are offered incredible views of American Fork Canyon.
Timpanogos Cave National Monument Official Website
Zion National Park
Zion, Utah's oldest and busiest national park, opened in 1919. This Utah national park is characterized by deep canyons, which you can best appreciate by being small among them. Vividly colored sandstone makes hikes in Zion a spectacular event, and 900 species of plants grow here. Zion has information about early settlers, the Anasazi, as well as geology and recreation. Zion is in southwestern Utah. If visitors are in an RV, they will need an escort to go through the Zion tunnel, but they can avoid this by using their tow vehicle or entering at the south entrance.
Springdale, UT 84767
Zion National Park Official Website
Grand Canyon Skywalk
The Skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe and located on tribal lands, consists of a horseshoe shaped steel frame with glass floor. The walkway juts 70 feet out from the rim, offering paying visitors the opportunity to safely peer 4,000 feet down to the bottom of the Canyon. The skywalk is part of a larger attraction called Grand Canyon West, which features an Indian village and "western-themed town."
Grand Canyon Skywalk Official Website
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