National and State Parks

Some of the world’s best hiking trails are located in the red rock country of southern Utah. Click on each locations title to be taken to a new page with more information, of just click on the driving directions if you simply want to know how to get there.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Drive Time: 2.5 hours / Distance: 150 miles

There is no place quite like Bryce Canyon. Hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion) can be found on every continent, but here is the archetypal “hoodoo-iferous” terrain. Descriptions fail. Cave without a roof? Forest of stone?

Capitol Reef National Park

Drive Time: 4 hours / Distance: 240 miles

Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Drive Time: 1.5 hours / Distance: 80 miles

Discover one of America’s most special parks: look down into a half-mile deep geologic amphitheater; wander among timeless bristlecone pines; stand in lush meadows of wildflowers; ponder crystal-clear night skies; and experience the richness of the subalpine forest.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Drive Time: 2 hours / Distance: 70 miles

Coral Pink Sand Dunes is a Utah State Park near Kanab which is east of St. George. The sand dunes are formed by rust colored sand and accented by desert shrubs and plants.

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Drive Time: 3 hours / Distance: 190 miles

Camp along the shores of Wide Hollow Reservoir, or rent a canoe and paddle on its clear waters. Hike along park nature trails through a petrified forest, but remember to take only photographs. Some say the petrified wood is haunted and removing a piece brings the taker nothing but bad luck.

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum

Drive Time: 1 hours / Distance: 60 miles

Iron Mission State Park has been renamed and is now called Frontier Homestead State Park Museum. The museum tells the story of development in Iron County when, in the 1850s, Brigham Young sent Mormon missionaries there to mine iron.

Glitter Mountain

Drive Time: 33 minutes / Distance: 19 miles

Whether you call it Sparkle Mountain, Glitter Mountain, the Glitter Pit or simply a brilliant find, you are probably talking about the same place. Though it may appear to be a hill of broken glass, Sparkle Mountain is a mineral deposit.

Grand Canyon – North Rim

Drive Time: 2 hours / Distance: 110 miles

A good portion of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is actually in Utah. Since it is harder to access than the typical tourist sites, it is a great place to admire the beauty of the area without the crowds.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park

Drive Time: 1.5 hours / Distance: 86 miles

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument near Escalante along Scenic Byway 12 is a relatively new area designated as a national monument. It features cliffs that appear as a stairs as they descend as well as beautiful slot canyons.

Kanarraville Falls

Drive Time: 1 hour / Distance: 48 miles

Kanarraville Falls is great for those visiting Southern Utah in quest of a perfect multi-hued, twisting and turning slot canyon to photograph. Those without the time, skills or equipment to descend the more technical (advanced) slivers carved by wind, water and time, Kanarra Creek is the right destination.

Kodachrome Basin State Park

Drive Time: 3 hours / Distance: 170 miles

Kodachrome Basin State Park is near Bryce Canyon National Park and is best know for its petrified geysers that were preserved as they blasted through layers of sediment and were filled up again by rock while the surrounding material eroded away. The National Geographic Society helped give the area the name of Kodachrome because it felt that it is a gorgeous area.

Kolob Canyon

Drive Time: 2 hours / Distance: 65 miles

Kolob Canyon is the western canyon of Zion National Park; it is accessed by Interstate 15 north of St. George. Wondrous rock hoodoos with whimsical shapes are found throughout this beautiful canyon.

Pipe Springs National Monument

Drive Time: 1.5 hours / Distance: 66 miles

Pipe Springs National Monument is in Arizona. It mainly commemorates the history of Ancestral Puebloans and Kaibab Paiute Indians along with some Mormon pioneer history since these groups had significant influence on the development of the area.

Snow Canyon State Park

Drive Time: 20 minutes / Distance: 10 miles

Explore the trails and dunes of beautiful Snow Canyon on foot, bike, and horseback. Camp in the peaceful campground surrounded by ancient lava flows and red Navajo sandstone. Discover the secrets of the desert landscape through seasonal nature programs.

Zion National Park

Drive Time: 1 hour / Distance: 46 miles

Zion National Park is northeast of St. George. The entrances to Zion Canyon near Springdale and Kolob Canyon on Interstate 15 are both between 45 minutes to an hour away from the city. The national park is one of the top ten most visited in the National Park Service system since about 3 million people visit it annually.

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