Essential Guide To Utah’s Parks and Monuments

It’s nearly impossible to drive any distance in Utah without going through some spectacular landscapes, no matter what route you choose. Marvel at colorful Navajo sandstone cliffs, the motion of a river cutting through steep canyons, and stunning views. Explore by hiking, biking, or rafting, or above it all on a thrilling helicopter sightseeing tour. […]

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5 State Parks To Visit When Utah’s “Mighty 5” Are Jammed With Tourists

Thanks to some highly successful promotion by the Utah Office of Tourism, people across the globe now know that “Mighty 5” refers to national parks in Utah and not a group of superheroes. Unfortunately, that heightened awareness carries a price. Utah’s five national parks are often so busy that visitors wait hours to enter or […]

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Where Are America’s Best Kept Secrets? Think Utah!

As the most popular national parks get more crowded, where do you go to escape? In this post, we’ll explore two such parks in Utah. The attraction: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (2.6 million visits) The alternative: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah (983,000 visits) Location: Southern Utah Best places to camp: Anywhere in the backcountry […]

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Why the Zion (National Park) Shuttle Was Needed and Why It Is Inadequate Today

At the grand opening of the Zion National Park transportation system on May 26, 2000, the program noted that the park was going “back to the future.” “The congestion, noise, pollution, and associated resource damage suggested that we go ‘back to the future,’” the event’s program read. “Beginning today, we visit Zion Canyon by shuttle […]

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Utah National Parks Set Recreation Visits Record in 2017

Four of Utah’s five national parks set new recreation visits records in 2017; since 2012, the state’s “Mighty Five” have seen a 66 percent increase in visitors. Zion drew 4.5 million visits and jumped from fifth place to third in 2016, leapfrogging California’s Yosemite and Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. Bryce Canyon moved up to 12th […]

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Underrated Places To Hit While It’s Still Winter

Shoveling snow under gloomy skies doesn’t do winter’s brand any favors. Numerous places in the South are enjoying warm, sunny weather—a big draw for those in parts of the country where winter is long, cold, and dreary. Here are some overshadowed places that’ll have you reveling warm during these cold-weather months. Mississippi There are also […]

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