Utah’s the “Big Five”

Utah boasts five (5) national parks, all of which continue to gain additional popularity year-over-year. Each national park is anchored to a travel region that entices and welcomes travelers from all over. However, southern Utah’s iconic and immersive national and even state parks are among the most unique. Commonly referred to as the “Mighty 5” and included in the Southwest United State’s natural wonders “Grand Circle,” Utah’s big five include Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands, all must visits.


If you are interested in exploring Utah’s Mighty 5 visitors can do so by car, foot, or bike. If the Big Five have piqued your interest, learning more about them will surely only serve to gain your full attention. 


Arches: Located in southeastern Utah and five (5) miles from the city of Moab, Arches National Park is part of the Colorado Plateau. The park is open year-round, but its high visiting season is from March to October. The most important and popular areas of the national park include the Courthouse Towers, Devil’s Gardens, Windows Road, and the Delicate Arch Road.


Bryce Canyon: One of the most popular national parks on the West Coast of the United States, Bryce Canyon National Park boasts among the most colorful rocks on earth. Bryce Canyon was named after the Mormon Ebenezer Bryce and was established in 1928. The park is open year-round and is most commonly visited for hiking, sightseeing, and photography. 


Capitol Reef: Home to one of the world’s natural wonders, the Waterpocket Fold a monocline stretching 100 miles and featuring intense colors, imaginative cliffs, domes, and canyons, Capitol Reef National Park offers visitors a breathtaking experience like no other.


Canyonlands: The largest national park in Utah, Canyonlands National Park is divided into three (3) distinct districts, Canyonlands National Park offers beautiful views and long winging hikes across what is known as the Island in the Sky, Needles, and the Maze. One of the main attractions in Utah’s Moab region, Canyonlands is an endless desert with surreal canyons, gorges, and arches. 


Zion: Among the most popular of Utah’s national parks, Zion National Park is surrounded by greenery and fauna-rich valleys. The park features soaring cliffs and majestic views that draw in visitors from all over. Out of all Utah’s national parks, Zion requires careful planning and is recommended to include an overnight stay. 


Whether you are interested in calling Utah and the Canyons Village home, or, are simply visiting for a relaxing getaway, you can tour and visit all five national parks in just over six (6) days.