Spanning from the Rocky Mountains in the north to the vibrant red spires and cliffs of its southern wilds, Utah is home to some of the most breath-taking land formations in the world.
The famous Mighty Five® national parks are named Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion. Visitors can explore America’s first official Dark Sky Park to the red rock canyons where Katy Perry filmed her recent Olympic anthem, Rise.
Below highlights a selection of the best 10 state parks:
1. KODACHROME BASIN
Selling point: Photography
Look out for the magnificent rock formations called sand pipes which are multi-coloured spires showcasing 180 million years of geology to wondrous effect. Interestingly, a National Geographic Society expedition named the area Kodachrome in 1948, after Kodak’s early colour film. It is not difficult to see why?
2. SNOW CANYON
Ideal for: Rock climbing
A stunning area famous for its red rock landscapes and lava caves. The huge 7,400-acres desert park consists of 16 miles of hiking trails and awesome rock climbing.
3. GOBLIN VALLEY
Perfect for: Families
Children will fall in love with the sandstone monoliths which look totally unique. A few miles outside Hanksville the thousands of petrified shapes sit crammed together in a secluded valley. Visitors are sure to find the visit a truly unique experience.
4. DEAD HORSE POINT
Get ready to: Stargaze
Best known for its use in the iconic final ‘Grand Canyon’ scene in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, Dead Horse Point is known as a Dark Sky Park. With vertical cliffs surrounded by canyons carved by ice, water and wind it is a stunning location with almost unobstructed views of the night sky with sweeping, 360-degree panoramas.
5. SAND HOLLOW
Must try: Wild swimming
What packages are available?
Do check out travel specialists Bon Voyage who offer great packages. Telephone 0800 316 0194, or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk/utah
From £1,795 per person.
Includes non-stop flights from London Heathrow to Salt Lake City, car hire and 2-nights in Salt Lake City, 2-nights in Dutch John, one night in Hanksville, one night in Blanding, 2-nights in Kanab, 2-nights in St George and 2-nights in Provo.
It is also worth noting that Delta Air Lines’ offers a new nonstop flight from London Heathrow to Salt Lake City.
Find out more information about Utah’s parks offering memories to last a life-time, not to mention excellent photography opportunities: