5 Places to See on Your Utah Road Trip

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(Newswire.net — May 14, 2021) —

Utah is truly a favorite state for outdoor adventurers when it comes to national parks in the American West. A weeklong itinerary in Utah punctuated by hikes in magnificent parks: Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point. But even for city lovers, Utah offers an enjoyable experience in exploring Salt Lake City.

Utah is waiting to be discovered! Here are some highlights you should make sure to visit on your Utah road trip: 

1. Angel’s Landing: Zion National Park 

Zion National Park is made up of huge sandstone monoliths with layers of different colors: white, pink and red-orange tones. Zion was then classified as a national park in 1919. There are 18 marked hikes of different levels, ranging from easy to difficult, which start from 9 shuttle stops.

Angel’s Landing is the most popular trail in the parks of the American West. This hike is talked about a lot because it is also dangerous, with some sections including steep drop-offs to either side of a narrow trail, and it should only be attempted by experienced, confident hikers.

2. Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is a favorite Utah sight for many travelers. It is characterized by an amphitheater which has a hundred turret-shaped rocks called Hoodoos.

The Queen’s Garden Trail starts at Sunrise Point. It is an easy hike that is totally possible to do with children. You start by going down for about 30 minutes (1.4 km) to arrive at Queen’s Garden. This place was named so because of Queen Victoria, a rock that strangely resembles a statue of Queen Victoria. You have two options, either turn around or continue for 1.3 km to reach the Navajo Loop Trail. If you continue the hike, you will walk right among the rock sculptures created by erosion.

3. Dead Horse Point State Park

The entrance to Dead Horse Point begins with a beautiful, scenic drive. This name comes from the idea that, at the time of its discovery, cowboys kept horses here. Although the park is relatively small compared to other parks, it offers camping, hiking and biking trails.

Most people love to park up with their campervans and spend a few days in their chosen destination. If you are considering a hike or any outdoor activities and wish to leave your larger belongings in a safe and secure spot, then you should consider renting out storage units in Utah so that you can continue your travels throughout Utah without any baggage. 

4. Salt Lake City 

Salt Lake City has a population of approximately 1 million and stretches from the desert of Great Salt Lake to the spectacular Gorge of the Wasatch mountain range which rises on the outskirts of the city. Salt Lake City is a great place for art lovers, great restaurants, and lovely shops!

5. Canyonlands National Park 

Canyonlands National Park occupies the heart of the vast expanse of the Colorado Plateau in southeast Utah. The park is made up of 3 sectors: Island in the Sky, the Maze, and the Needles. Take a look at the Shafer Canyon Overlook which boasts an impressive viewpoint on the Shafer Trail.

Don’t forget to mark these spots on your map as you enjoy your travels through Utah this summer!