National Parks to Explore This Summer in Utah

While your vacation plans have likely shifted this summer, you can still make it one for the books by exploring the wilderness playground in Utah’s backyard. From Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park, here are four beautiful vacation destinations within easy driving distance of Summit Creek.

Arches National Park

With more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches that turn fiery red under the setting sun, Arches National Park is an otherworldly escape that will make visitors feel like they’ve set foot on Mars — if only for the weekend. From the Delicate Arch (a 52-foot-tall natural archway that acts as a desert sentry) to the Balanced Rock (a 128-foot-tall geological formation that teeters above the sandy expanse), Arches National Park is filled with one-of-a-kind arches guaranteed to leave visitors with a sense of wonder.

Zion National Park

Characterized by jagged red cliffs that stretch on as far as the eye can see, Zion National Park is a vast and picturesque wilderness. After hiking along the rocky ravines, make your way to the Emerald Pools, a series of tiered natural ponds and waterfalls surrounded by verdant vegetation and imposing rock formations.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Known for having the world’s largest collection of hoodoos (spire-like rock formations that jut up from arid desert basins), Bryce Canyon National Park is well worth a visit. After admiring red and orange pillars set against the backdrop of cloud-dotted blue skies, head to one of the park’s horseshoe-shaped natural amphitheaters to take in the panoramic vistas and immense canyons.

Capitol Reef National Park

Tucked into Utah’s vast desertscape, Capitol Reef National Park is best known for the Waterpocket Fold, a nearly 100-mile-long wrinkle-like buckle in the earth’s surface. Over the years, erosion has created deep canyons, golden sandstone layers, and craggy rock formations. From its white sandstone domes to its hiking trails that wind through twisting chasms, it has a little something for everyone.

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