Canyonlands National Park

The National Parks of Utah: The Mighty 5

Utah is well known as one of the “must visit” states that national park enthusiasts need to travel to. Utah has five of the most iconic National Parks in the entire United States.

The five Utah National Parks are:

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Best Months: May, June, November & August
Hours: Open year-round, 24 hours a day
Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

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Bryce Canyons National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Best Months: September, June, May & August
Hours: Open 24 hours a day all year
Entrance Fee: $35 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Best Months: May, June, April & October
Hours: Open year-round, 24 hours a day
Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Best Months: June, May, January & February
Hours: Open year-round, 24 hours a day
Entrance Fee: $20 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Best Months: May, September, April & October
Hours: Open 365 days a year, however shuttle service is only running during daylight hours.
Entrance Fee: $35, Valid for 7 days

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Visiting all Utah National Parks on One Road Trip

Road Trip Map

We created an epic road trip itinerary that visits each National Park in Utah. We call it our FULL UTAH trip.

This trip can be done in a minimum of 7 days, but the optimum amount is at least 10. This trip covers over 750 miles (at least 12 hours), and starts in Salt Lake City before finishing in Las Vegas.

Utah National Parks Map

NameAddress
Canyonlands National ParkMoab, UT, 84532
Capitol Reef National ParkTorrey, UT, 84775
Zion National ParkSpringdale, UT, 84767
Arches National ParkMoab, UT, 84532
Bryce Canyon National ParkBryce, UT, 84764

Utah National Parks by Size

Canyonlands is the largest national park in Utah, followed closely by Capitol Reef, then Zion. Bryce Canyon is the smallest of all Utah National Parks, coming in at less than half the size of Arches (the next smallest).

RankNameAcresSquare KM
#1Canyonlands National Park337,5981,367
#2Capitol Reef National Park241,904979
#3Zion National Park147,237596
#4Arches National Park76,679310
#5Bryce Canyon National Park35,835145

Other National Park Sites in Utah

Besides the Mighty Five, there are eight other official National Park Service sites located within the state.

NameDesignationLocation
Glen Canyon National Recreation AreaNational Recreation AreaPage, 86040
Hovenweep National MonumentNational MonumentCortez, 81321
Golden Spike National Historic SiteNational Historical ParkCorinne, 84307
Cedar Breaks National MonumentNational MonumentBrian Head, 84719
Natural Bridges National MonumentNational MonumentLake Powell, 84533
Dinosaur National MonumentNational MonumentJensen, 84035
Timpanogos Cave National MonumentNational MonumentAmerican Fork, 84003
Rainbow Bridge National MonumentNational Monument00000