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Arches National Park
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#1 Arches National Park

Located in eastern Utah, Arches National Park includes more than 2,000 natural stone arches. The park is home to hundreds of arches, spires, balanced rocks, and sandstone fins. Arches National Park is a popular tourist attraction because of its unique landscape, land forms and textures.

Zion National Park
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#2 Zion National Park

Located in southwestern Utah, Zion National Park is a deep and narrow Zion Canyon. Nearly the entire canyon is located within the western half of the park. Reddish canyon walls and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone are the main attractions of the park. Zion National Park includes canyons, mountains, rivers, and arches.

Bryce Canyon National Park
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#3 Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is known for series of natural amphitheaters carved into the edge of a high plateau. The park unique attraction is Hoodoos (irregular columns of rock) that provide spectacular views. Main viewpoints of the park are: Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point, and Sunrise Point.

Monument Valley
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#4 Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a Navajo Tribal Park located on the border of Arizona and Utah. Attractions of Monument Valley includes monuments - The Mittens, Three Sisters, John Fordís Point, Totem Pole, Yei Bi Chai, and Ear of the Wind. Monument Valley is a popular tourist place to enjoy hiking, horseback riding, jeep tours and explore the 17-mile scenic drive.

Canyonlands National Park
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#5 Canyonlands National Park

Located near Moab, Canyonlands National Park is known for colorful canyons, mesas, and buttes. Canyonlands preserves the natural beauty throughout its four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the combined rivers, which are divided by the Green and Colorado rivers.

Salt Lake City
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#6 Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah is known for spectacular mountains, world-famous ski resorts, museums, and theatre. Top places to visit are: Temple Square, Mormon Temple, State Capitol, and Park City ski resorts.

Capitol Reef National Park
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#7 Capitol Reef National Park

Located in south-central Utah, Capitol Reef National Park is filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges. The park preserve 100 miles long geologic monocline called the Waterpocket Fold - a rocky spine extending from Thousand Lake Mountain to Lake Powell. Park activities include hiking, camping, bicycling, horseback riding, canyoneering, and rock climbing.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
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#8 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a very large area of protected land in southern Utah that contains three distinct units: Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyon. From spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument is filled with monoliths, canyons, natural bridges, and arches.

Park City
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#9 Park City

Located southeast of Salt Lake City, Park City is a tourist hot spot of Utah. The city has two major ski resorts: Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. Both ski resorts were the major locations for ski and snowboarding events at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Park City is popular destination for hiking, scenic drives, biking, and arts & culture venues. The city is the main location of the largest independent film festival - the Sundance Film Festival.

Dead Horse Point State Park
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#10 Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park is one of the most popular scenic state park of Utah. The main attraction of the park is Dead Horse Point. Towering 2,000 feet above a gooseneck in the Colorado River, the overlook provides a spectacular panorama of Canyonland. The park has many scenic views, hiking trails, and picnic areas.

Best State Parks to Visit in Utah