Information on Utah National & State Parks and Recreation

Information on Utah National & State Parks and Recreation
From the arid Great Salt Lake to the majestic heights of Zion National Park, Utah contains an abundance of natural beauty and centers for outdoor activity.

National Parks

Utah is home to five national parks, more than any other state. The parks are Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion. Zion, established in 1919, was Utah's first national park. Bryce Canyon, which actually contains a dozen ravines, is named after Ebenezer Bryce, the first settler in the region.


State Parks

Forty-three state parks are scattered across Utah, including Bear Lake in the north, Antelope Island in the center of the state, the Utah Field House of Natural History in the east and Kodachrome Basin and Coral Pink Sand Dunes in the south.


Almost all types of recreational sites exist in Utah. National forests, national recreation areas, scenic rivers and highways, historic trails and wilderness and wildlife refuges are scattered throughout the state.

National Monuments

Utah's national monuments include Cedar Breaks, Natural Bridges National Monument, Timpanogos Cave and Rainbow Bridge. According to, Rainbow Bridge is the largest natural bridge in the world at 290 feet tall and 270 feet across. The sandstone formation is located near Lake Powell in the extreme south end of the state. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in south Utah is notable for being among the last places in America to be explored or mapped according to

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Valley is perhaps the best known of Utah's parks. Its colorful, red sandstone buttes, mesa and free-standing rock formations have been seen in movie westerns and TV commercials.


Article Written By Susan Lundman

After retiring from work in a nonprofit child development agency, Susan Lundman began writing about her passions of healthy foods and gardening. She writes for a variety of websites and blogs about her adventures for family and friends. Lundman holds a Master of Arts in English from Stanford University.

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