THE STATE WITH WESTERN TOUCH
Places to Visit
Canyonlands National Park which consists of 257,640 acres was declared in 1964. Within the park, you will find a wide variety of canyons, mesas, and buttes. The Colorado River and Green River flow through the park as well. The Canyonlands have gained popularity because of all the recreational activities you can participate in there. There is hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking, backpacking, climbing, and even four-wheeling.
In Moab, Utah you will find Arches National Park. Arches are not the only geological formations you will see. Keep an eye out for fins, potholes, plateaus, and cliffs. The Arches became a national park in 1971 by President Nixon. Under what you see is a giant salt bed that is from around 300 million years ago. Throughout the park, there is a Cryptobiotic crust that is made of living organisms like algae and fungi. Without this crust, animals, plants, and humans would not survive in the desert.
Zion National Park was Utah’s first National Park spanning 229 square miles. In 1919, the park was established. The park is most known for its expansive Zion Canyon and sandstone walls that are perfect for climbing. It is also home to one of the largest stand-alone arches, Kolob Arch. Keep an eye out for the wide array of plants and animals in the park.
Bryce Canyon National Park is in the southwestern part of Utah. The park is a compilation of natural amphitheaters. You can expect your view to be filled with colors like red, orange, and white. It has been discovered that people have inhabited the area for at least 10,000 years. The park was established and protected in February of 1928.