Arches National Park
Arches National Park is located 5 miles from Moab, Utah, 235 miles from Salt Lake City and 360 miles from Denver, CO. Arches National Park lies over an underground salt bed called the Paradox Formation, formed by the ebb and flow of inland seas millions of years ago. Its inherent instability causes the rock and sandstone above it to shift continuously, and fracturing. Erosive forces chip away at the exposed rock formations to create fins, spires, and the park's iconic arches.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is located within the Grand Staircase region of Southwest Utah, 270 miles from Salt Lake City, 260 miles from Las Vegas, NV, 480 miles from Phoenix, AZ, and 565 miles from Denver, CO. Bryce Canyon's 56 square miles are highlighted by colorful rock spires called Hoodoos, and 3 distinct climate zones that support 59 mammal species, 100 bird species, and human records dating back over 1,000 years.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park is located west of Moab, Utah. The Colorado and Green rivers converge within the Park, dividing it into 3 distinct districts: Island in the Sky, Needles, and The Maze. The districts are 67 miles, 75 miles, and 135 miles from Moab, respectively. Canyonlands National Park is a 527 square mile labyrinth of intricately carved canyons, sandstone spires and towering buttes.
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park is located between Hanskville and Torrey in south-central Utah. The Park is located 80 miles south of I-70, 220 miles from Salt Lake City and 435 miles from Denver, CO. The Park's 255,000 acres boast an imaginative landscape of canyons, spires, buttes, domes, and mesas. But Capitol Reef is best known for a nearly 100-mile long warp in the earth's crust called the Waterpocket Fold, a natural uplift called a monocline that runs the length of the Park.
Goblin Valley State Park is located in south-central Utah off of State Highway 24, 50 miles southwest of the I-70 Green River exit. Follow Highway 24 to Temple Mountain Junction (mile post 136), and then 12 miles southwest to the Park. Entrada sandstone in this area has been exposed and weathered in disproportionate ways, resulting in the rounded formations we see today.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is located in Springdale, UT, 305 miles from Salt Lake City, 150 miles from Las Vegas, NV, 635 miles from Denver, CO, and 390 miles from Phoenix, AZ. Elevations ranging from 3,666' to 8,726' are distinguished by colorful sandstone cliffs, isolated mesas, high mountains, deep slot canyons, unique 'micro-climates' and a well-maintained trail system providing access to it all. Despite only 15 inches of annual rain, nearly 800 native plant species, 75 mammals, 271 birds, 8 fish, and 32 reptiles and amphibians have been counted in Zion National Park.