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!
1.) There are few sights more spectacular than sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park
2.) You’ll get to experience the elegant perfection of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
3.) You can hike up the harrowing path to the top of Angels Landing for commanding views of Zion National Park
4.) A chance to feel small under the massive Hickman Bridge in Capitol Reef National Park
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.
6.) Enjoying the small towns along the road trip and fueling up at charming diners was one of my favorite parts of this adventure
7.) The hypnotizing hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park are a must see
8.) Looking through the windows and arches onto the unforgettable landscape of Arches National Park
9.) The Emerald Pools and flowing water through Zion National Park
10.) A chance to marvel at the existence of balanced rock before time takes it away