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From the mundane to the outrageous, our park expert answers your pressing questions about Utah's National Parks. Whether you're planning your dream Zion vacation, curious about the unique rock formations of Arches, or looking for insider tidbits about Bryce Canyon, this section is for you.
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Traveling to Utah National Parks
Utah national parks are mostly in the southern part of the state and are often added on to a Grand Canyon vacation because of their proximity to Arizona. Winter sports resorts and parks are located in the center and northern regions of Utah with Brian Head and Snowbird being popular destinations. The northeastern section of Utah is famous for dinosaur fossils and the Flaming Gorge, a beautiful water sports and fishing area.
Zion National Park
Zion is the most visited national park in Utah. It is located in the southwest corner of Utah. The nearest town is St. George but the park is also an easy trip from Las Vegas or the Grand Canyon's North Rim.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce is in the south-central area of Utah. It is famous for its unique sandstone spires called "hoodoos." The nearest village to Bryce is called Bryce Canyon City. There you'll find a hotel, campground, store, restaurant, and activity center managed by Ruby's Inn.
Road Trips to Parks Read More
Utah National Parks are open year-round, but the events and activities in, and around the park, change with the seasons. From road openings and closings, to festivals and activities, even the hot times to photograph a baby bighorn sheep, we have your complete guide to the happenings in Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands Parks, as well as in nearby gateway towns in Utah and Arizona.
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Learn how to use a GPS system and join the Utah GeoTour. It is a fascinating treasure hunt. All 29 counties are participating in Utah. Special county patches are the prize for finding three of the five hidden geocaches. Redeem all 29 patches to get an official Utah Geo Tour jacket. Available for most of the travel season 2016.
When: Tue March 1 - Fri September 30
Annual Cowboy Legends Cowboy Poetry And Music Gathering
Come and join us in celebrating the West in our 10th annual Cowboy Poetry and Music gathering at the historic Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island State Park.
When: Fri May 27 - Mon May 30
Where: Antelope Island
Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City
The Festival is held annually on the 4th weekend in June at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City and showcases local, national and international artists. It has attracted more than two million people, 4,500 performances and 3,600 artists' displays for over 30 years running!
When: Thu June 23 - Sun June 26
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City
This festival attracts more than 150,000 ticket holders, some of whom come to Cedar City just for the 250 festival performances.
When: Mon June 27 - Sat October 22
Where: Cedar City, Utah
Zion National Park Night Skies Photography Workshop
National Park Trips Media and Tamron have teamed up to offer the National Park Night Skies Photography Workshop in Zion National Park. The workshop, led by Tamron’s award-winning photographers, will immerse an exclusive group of 26 participants into the art and science of capturing the best night sky photographs. The workshop kicks off in the evening with dinner and a two-hour seminar. Then we'll head into the national park to multiple shoot locations to photograph the night skies. The program resumes in the morning with a sunrise-shoot in the park followed by a wrap-up session and breakfast.
When: Fri July 8 - Sat July 9
Where: Zion National Park