Utah’s National Parks are known as ‘The Mighty 5’, and with good reason. They are majestic, beautiful, awe-inspiring, and peaceful all at the same time. If you are looking for cool places in Utah, look no further than the surreal scenery and unforgettable activities of Utah’s National Parks. I’ve partnered with Ken Garff of West Valley, UT to bring you a sampling of all The Mighty 5 has to offer.

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Utah’s Five National Parks – The Mighty Five

Just want to know what the parks are? Here are the five parks; choose your own adventure by clicking the links below, otherwise keep reading for a little more info about what to find at each.

Cool Places in Utah’s National Parks

In Canyonlands National Park you will find breathtaking deep canyons. The park is perfect for day-hiking and backpacking, mountain biking, or simply taking a scenic drive on the paved roads. 

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Canyonlands offers a variety of ways to spend your time. Be sure to check out all the amazing options!

Capitol Reef National Park is almost like a little planet all by itself. You can get a real feel for what the earth may have been like millions of years before life. With a vast expanse of twisted landscape, you’ll find hidden arches, massive domes, and deep canyons. 

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Capitol Reef’s wildlife includes 239 bird species, 71 mammal species, 15 reptiles, 5 amphibians, and 13 native fish species. To learn more, check out the national park service.

Arches National Park boasts over 2,000 arches that can be explored by people of all ages and abilities. This is one of the top national parks for families with children as many of the hikes are relatively easy. 

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Make sure you don’t miss Balanced Rock, The Windows, Delicate Arch (pictured above), or Devils Garden on your visit to Arches National Park!

Bryce Canyon National Park has an alpine environment home to dozens of species of mammals and birds. But this is no ordinary forest, millions of years of water and wind have carved the plateau into endless fields of red rock pillars. It truly is a sight and sound. The pillars are called hoodoos and are natural amphitheaters.


Take a virtual tour of Bryce Canyon’s roadside grandeur and see all there is to explore in this magnificent park. Truly one of the cool places in Utah!

Zion National Park is nestled in the warm climate of southwestern Utah, and boasts the breathtaking Zion Canyon as the centerpiece of this 147,000 acre park. 

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If you are heading to Zion National Park, you must take a hike to explore all of the sweeping vistas, natural arches, and narrow canyons. Angels Landing is among the best hikes you will find!


Angel’s Landing


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