Utah National Parks and Natural Landscapes

Featured Utah locations are listed below, and shown on the Utah map - these are the most scenic places in the state, and include ancient ruins, arches, canyons, lakes, mountains, rock formations and scenic drives.

Alternatively, see these other Utah listings pages:

National Parks, National Monuments, National Recreation Areas and National Historic Sites
National Forests
State Parks

National Park Service Units - Landscapes

Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Golden Spike NHS
Golden Spike NHS
Zion National Park
Zion National Park

ARCHES National Park - world famous red rock arches, and many other eroded formations, surrounded by sandy, desert plains, a few miles north of Moab
BRYCE CANYON National Park - delicately sculptured pinnacles of orange, pink and white sandstone, one of the highlights of the Southwest
CANYONLANDS National Park - vast area of remote and spectacular canyon country, entered on the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers
CAPITOL REEF National Park - slickrock, steep cliffs and narrow canyons; sandstone of many colors and forms
CEDAR BREAKS National Monument - high, eroded cliff face, eroded to expose colorful rocks, hoodoos and ridges
DINOSAUR National Monument - many fossilized bones and remote canyons
GLEN CANYON National Recreation Area - spectacular desert region with red rock canyons, centered around Lake Powell
GOLDEN SPIKE National Historical Site - replica steam trains and old railroad grades, in desolate, uninhabited terrain
HOVENWEEP National Monument - ancient ruins in remote country close to the Colorado border
NATURAL BRIDGES National Monument - three large natural bridges in canyon country
TIMPANOGOS CAVE National Monument - central attraction of Timpanogos Mountains
ZION National Park - huge sandstone cliffs and sheer, narrow canyons formed by the Virgin River and its tributaries; perhaps the most spectacular scenery in Utah

Other Major Scenic Places

Antelope Island State Park
Antelope Island State Park
Goblin Valley State Park
Goblin Valley State Park
Uinta Mountains
Uinta Mountains

ANTELOPE ISLAND State Park - stark, mountainous island in the Great Salt Lake
CEDAR MESA and GRAND GULCH - hundreds of Anasazi ruins in the southeast
DEAD HORSE POINT State Park - high promontory overlooking Colorado River canyons
FLAMING GORGE National Recreation Area - dramatic red cliffs above a large artificial lake
GOBLIN VALLEY State Park - thousands of strangely-shaped formations
GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE National Monument - great expanse of scenic wilderness, with narrow canyons and countless rock formations
KODACHROME BASIN State Park - eroded cliffs and narrow spires
MONUMENT VALLEY - world-famous red rock buttes and mesas
MOUNT TIMPANOGOS Region - scenic area of the Wasatch Mountains
RED CANYON - eroded formations near Bryce Canyon
SNOW CANYON State Park - red rocks, white cliffs and black lava
UINTA MOUNTAINS - high, sedimentary range in the northeast; many lakes and Alpine basins

Miscellaneous Locations

Blue Canyon
Bear Lake
Factory Butte
Factory Butte
Nebo Loop
Nebo Loop

Anasazi State Park - museum and a small excavated pueblo
Bear Lake - deep blue lake on the Utah-Idaho border
Buckskin Hollow - short drainage through amazingly colorful rocks; in Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, north of St George
Canyon Rims Recreation Area - vast wilderness east of Canyonlands
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park - miles of colorful shifting sands
Dark Canyon - wild, lengthy, branched canyon complex with difficult access
Dixie National Forest - large areas of scenic land in the southwest
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park - petrified wood and a reservoir
Factory Butte - isolated peak surrounded by desert lands and eroded sandstone formations
Fantasy Canyon - strangely eroded rocks in the Uinta Basin of the northeast
Fisher Towers - unusual red cliffs and hoodoos, in the Colorado River valley east of Moab
Goosenecks State Park - entrenched meanders of the San Juan River
Little Sahara Recreation Area - extensive sand dunes in a remote corner of Utah
Mexican Hat - small settlement at the centre of some dramatic landscapes
Nebo Loop Scenic Byway - winding road through the southern Wasatch Mountains
Nine Mile Canyon - ancient rock art in a remote part of central Utah
Paria Rimrocks - colorful strata and strangely shaped rocks
Potash Road - scenic byway beside the Colorado River, west of Moab
Red Cliffs Recreation Area - colorful cliffs north of St George, split by the narrow canyon of Quail Creek
Salt Lake Desert - endless stretches of white desert
San Rafael Swell - geologically unusual, little known part of central Utah
Sand Hollow State Park - popular, recently created park featuring red rocks, sand dunes and a reservoir
Valley of the Gods - small scale version of Monument Valley
Wasatch Mountain State Park - Utah's most popular state park; many kinds of recreation, in wooded, hilly surroundings
Yant Flat Cliffs - swirling, patterned sandstone in a variety of colors, on the southern slopes of the Pine Valley Mountains

Utah Hotels

Choose from over 290 Utah hotels in 59 towns and cities; maps, national park hotels, interstate hotels and brand directories

Locations include:
Utah Hotels
Bryce Canyon, Cedar City, Green River, Kanab, Layton, Logan, Moab, Ogden, Provo, Richfield, Salt Lake City, Sandy, Springdale, St George, Vernal
Utah Trails

Trails of Utah
Hiking in Utah, in national parks and other areas: north, south central, southeast and southwest
Name, location, etc:
Other Utah Resources

Driving Distances - mileages between selected places
Introduction - summary of Utah's scenic areas
Maps - state map and national park maps
Weather - forecasts for Utah cities and parks
Utah Slot Canyons

Blue John Canyon
Echo Canyon
Utah contains the majority of the Southwest's slot canyons - narrow ravines through richly colored sandstone; major locations are Capitol Reef National Park, Escalante River, North Lake Powell, Paria River, San Rafael Swell and Zion National Park

Utah Travel Itineraries

Colorado River
Colorado River - follow the Colorado River, from its source high up in Colorado's Rocky Mountains to the Sonoran Desert at Yuma, Arizona. The river passes seven NPS units, plus many other scenic places

Grand Circle
Grand Circle - the most famous parks in the Southwest, in Arizona and Utah: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley, Lake Powell and Grand Canyon

Indian Lands
Indian Lands - ancient ruins in Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Mesa Verde and Chaco Culture are the two most famous locations; others include Montezuma Castle, Walnut Canyon, Wupatki and Canyon de Chelly

Yellowstone and North Utah
Yellowstone and North Utah - central Rocky Mountains, in north Utah and Wyoming; locations include the Great Salt Lake, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Flaming Gorge and Dinosaur National Monument

Utah Photography

Photographs - indexed by location
Panoramic Photographs - wide landscape photos
QTVR - quicktime panoramas
Videos - mp4 videos

Photograph Search
Plants of Utah

Utah cacti
Cacti - photos and descriptions of 54 Utah cactus species; most common genera are cylindropuntia, echinocereus, ferocactus, mammillaria and opuntia

Utah wildflowers
Flowers - Utah wildflowers and flowering shrubs; photographs and identifying characteristics, arranged by the most common color groups (blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow)

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