10 Reasons You Should Visit Utah’s ‘Mighty 5’ National Parks

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This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service here in the United States. I’m lucky to have access to nine National Parks here in California, but love getting out of the state to visit other National Parks. Utah has 5 of the most spectacular National Parks in our nation, with Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands making up what has become known as “The Mighty 5”. This past year, I took a road trip across Utah to visit all five, and was blown away by the unique and spectacular beauty of Southern Utah. Here are 10 reasons you should visit The Mighty 5 this year!

See my full Mighty 5 visitation guide here!


1.) There are few sights more spectacular than sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park

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Mesa Arch At Sunrise

2.) You’ll get to experience the elegant perfection of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

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Delicate Arch

3.) You can hike up the harrowing path to the top of Angels Landing for commanding views of Zion National Park

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Angel’s Landing
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Looking Down At Zion

4.) A chance to feel small under the massive Hickman Bridge in Capitol Reef National Park

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Hickman Bridge
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Under Hickman Bridge

5.) The landscapes in between the parks are nothing short of amazing. Utah is a beautiful state and makes for one of the best road trips in the United States. 

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Drive
Visiting Utah's Mighty 5 National Parks Arches Zion Bryce Canyon Capitol Reef Canyonlands
Shadow Drive

6.) Enjoying the small towns along the road trip and fueling up at charming diners was one of my favorite parts of this adventure

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Moab Diner Cinnamon Rolls
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Burgers Outside of Capitol Reef

7.) The hypnotizing hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park are a must see

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Hoodoos
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Snow On The Trail

8.) Looking through the windows and arches onto the unforgettable landscape of Arches National Park

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Arch
Visiting Utah's Mighty 5 National Parks Arches Zion Bryce Canyon Capitol Reef Canyonlands
Window

9.) The Emerald Pools and flowing water through Zion National Park

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Emerald Pools
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Water

10.) A chance to marvel at the existence of balanced rock before time takes it away

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Balanced Rock

Get out there and visit The Mighty 5 National Parks in Utah! Click here to start planning your visit!

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Devil’s Garden
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Traveling Rockhopper
4 years ago

Absolutely agree!
Utah is my favourite state 🙂

Trail to Peak
4 years ago

Such an incredible place!

Traveling Rockhopper
4 years ago
Reply to  Trail to Peak

it is! Arches NP is really wonderful, but all other sites are also amazing! 🙂

Ian
Ian
4 years ago

I’ve done them all except Zion. Definitely need to get out there. Angel’s Landing looks…intimidating.

Trail to Peak
4 years ago
Reply to  Ian

That’s pretty awesome that you’ve visiting 4 out of 5. Zion is a special place and Angels Landing is a great hike. I’m hoping to go back out to Zion soon for some canyoneering.

carolinehelbig
4 years ago

I agree, Utah is awesome. I haven’t been to Capitol Reef yet and I’d like to return to all the others, not to mention the State Parks and National Monuments like Staircase Escalante. Great photos!

Trail to Peak
4 years ago
Reply to  carolinehelbig

Utah is a dream state for roadtrips! We’re hoping to head back out soon to see some new sights and revisit some others 🙂

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.it’s absolutely beautiful!

Trail to Peak
4 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Thanks for reading!

Cecilia Jeon
Cecilia Jeon
4 years ago

Thank you for sharing. Your photos are amazingly beautiful.👍👍👍👍👍 My son moved to ParkCity Utah. I can’t wait to see ” Mighty 5″

Trail to Peak
4 years ago
Reply to  Cecilia Jeon

That’s awesome! Your son is a lucky guy!

worldwidewanderingblog

Stunning photos. And those cinnamon rolls.. my God!

Trail to Peak
4 years ago

haha, I ended up eating 3! 🙂

Guillaume (G)
4 years ago

Reblogged this on My quest for the ironman and commented:
Another great blog post from Trail to Peak!

hikeratheart
4 years ago

I love Utah. Zion is one of my favorite national parks. Great post and pics!!!

Trail to Peak
4 years ago
Reply to  hikeratheart

Thanks!

adventuredawgs
4 years ago

Amazing. I’ve been wanting to visit Utah for a while. That may have to be my next big trip.

Trail to Peak
4 years ago
Reply to  adventuredawgs

It’s a great state for road trips!

Mike Hohmann
Mike Hohmann
4 years ago

Great pictures! Great places! Been there, done that… more to see in Canyonlands just because of sheer size! I’ll be back… maybe see you on a trail! Thx.

Trail to Peak
4 years ago
Reply to  Mike Hohmann

I agree, Mike! I’d like to go and visit more of Canyonlands!

Danielle Alexa Lim
4 years ago

Utah is definitely on my list. Awesome pictures!

Trail to Peak
4 years ago

Thanks, Danielle!

followfarmers
3 years ago

Fantastic photography! What kind of camera do you use?

Trail to Peak
3 years ago
Reply to  followfarmers

Thanks! These were shot with my Sony a6000 and Sony 10-18mm lens.

followfarmers
3 years ago
Reply to  Trail to Peak

Awesome! Thanks

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