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Utah National Parks Map

by Aakash singh

There are 5 national parks and 1 National recreation area that can be identified in this map. The map shows locations of the national parks in the state as well as the interstate highways, cities, and towns nearby national parks in Utah.

Utah National Parks Map


Utah National Parks

Map highlights the accurate location of the recreational centers and natural parks of the state. Monoliths, ridges, canyons and buttes are the major attraction of this national park.

Dinosaur National Monument, Rainbow Bridge National Monument and Hovenweep National Monument are some other national parks of the state. The Utah state map indicates the geographical location of major national parks of the state.

How many National Parks are in Utah?

There are majorly 5 National Parks in Utah map known as Utah’s “Mighty Five” which include – Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands national parks along with the diverse state parks and nameless vistas of southern Utah. Each park showcases the iconic landscape of the Colorado Plateau. Other than national parks there are 11 national monuments, historic sites, and recreation areas.

Utah National Parks List

S. No Name Area Established Location
1 Capitol Reef National Park 241,904 acres (377.975 sq mi; 97,895 ha; 978.95 km2), 670 acres (1.05 sq mi; 270 ha; 2.7 km2) private 18. Dec. 1971 Wayne, Garfield, Sevier, and Emery counties, Utah, USA
2 Bryce Canyon National Park 35,835 acres (55.992 sq mi; 14,502 ha; 145.02 km2) 25. Feb. 1928 Garfield County and Kane County, Utah, United States
3 Zion National Park 146,597 acres (229.058 sq mi; 59,326 ha; 593.26 km2) 19. Nov. 1919 Washington, Kane, and Iron counties, Utah, United States
4 Canyonlands National Park 337,598 acres (527.497 sq mi; 136,621 ha; 1,366.21 km2) 12. Sep. 1964 San Juan, Wayne, Garfield, and Grand counties, Utah, United States
5 Arches National Park 76,679 acres (119.811 sq mi; 31,031 ha; 310.31 km2) April 12, 1929, as a National Monument Grand County, Utah, United States
6 Glen Canyon National Recreation Area 1,254,117 acres (507,523 ha) Oct 27, 1972 Kane, San Juan, Garfield, and Wayne counties, Utah & Coconino County, Arizona, USA

Utah National Parks List

  • Capitol Reef National Park:

    It is located in the south-Utah in the heart of red rock country. Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and natural bridges in the Water pocket Fold, a geological monocline extending almost 100 miles.

  • Bryce Canyon National Park:

    The largest concentration of Hoodoos (irregular columns of rock) are found in Bryce Canyon national park. Situated along a high plateau at the top of the Grand Staircase, the Park’s high elevations include numerous life communities.

  • Zion National Park Utah Map:

    This national park is located in the southwestern of Springdale. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590km2) Park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to 2,640 ft (800 m) deep. The canyon walls are reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone eroded by the North Fork of the Virgin River.

  • Canyonlands National Park:

    One can explore a wilderness of countless Canyons and buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the River themselves.

  • Arches National Park:

    Located Adjacent to the Colorado River, north of Moab one can visit Arches National Park to discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms, and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to soaring pinnacles, massive fins, and giant balanced rocks. This red-rock wonderland is famous for its sunsets.

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area:

    Surrounding over 1.25 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based and backcountry recreation.

Best time to visit and things to do in National Parks in Utah

  • Spring Season-

    The best time to visit is spring as it has moderate weather conditions. From April to May the southern Utah parks (Mighty Five) are the busiest due to milder temps, spring blooms, and beautiful scenery. One can explore the depths of Canyonlands, Horseshoe Canyon Unit, visit the Needles section for great backpacking and hiking. One can see blooming Wildflowers in Zion, Canyonlands, Arches from late March to Mid May.

  • Summer Season-

    Since the weather is harsh and daytime temps can reach over 100 degrees, summer is not the best time to visit Utah National parks. But the best part is sunset in mid-summer isn’t until 9 pm from June to August. One can hike the Zion Narrows or hike to Delicate Arch for sunset in the summer season.

  • Fall Season-

    Much like the Spring, Fall is a popular and busy season and one of the best times to visit. One can visit west Rim Trail in Zion National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument near national parks.

  • Winter Season-

    services in parks are limited in the winter season as certain trailheads are inaccessible, and roads to access dispersed camping can also be impassable. But one can enjoy crowd-free trails in Arches National Park, photograph Bryce Canyon in snow, and enjoy a late sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands.

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