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Utah's <strong>Mighty Five</strong>

Utah's Mighty Five

Salt Lake City - Zion National Park

Discover a world of geological wonders in the Beehive State with our Mighty Five road trip across Utah.

Starting in Salt Lake City and finishing in Las Vegas, this adventure takes you through the state’s mesmerizing Big Five national parks. Soak up landscapes that capture the imagination on scenic drives and explore impressive mountain ranges, hoodoos, arches and canyons.

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, there’s opportunities for hiking, cycling, watersports and skiing along the way. You can also camp under the stars and admire the state’s breathtaking beauty.

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Salt Lake City

Utah's Mighty Five

Stop 1: Salt Lake City 1/7

Your journey begins in Utah’s sparkling state capital, once known as ‘Great Salt Lake City’.

Its majestic setting is crowned by its backdrop, the 160-mile Wasatch Mountain Range, which sets the scenic tone for your seven-day quest.

Enjoy a serene start by surveying the grandiose 35-acre Temple Square, where you’ll find fascinating Mormon buildings and key historic monuments.

Elsewhere, picnic and paddle boat in the lively Liberty Park and have fun spotting local wildlife in the University of Utah’s Red Butte Garden.

Salt Lake City, UT 84150

https://www.visitsaltlake.com/

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Provo

Utah's Mighty Five

Stop 2: Provo 2/7

Drive 45 minutes south along I-15 and you’ll arrive in Utah’s third-largest city, Provo, which sits beside Utah Lake.

Highlights found here include Sundance Mountain Resort – 15 miles northeast. Visiting during ski season? Tackle trails that cater for skiers of all abilities, alongside horseback riding and ziplining.

Heading back toward the 96,000-acre freshwater lake and you’ll find Utah Lake State Park.

Take to the waters for paddleboarding, kiteboarding, or water skiing, before camping under starry skies at one of 30 designated campsites.

Provo, UT 84601

https://utah.com/provo

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Arches National Park

Utah's Mighty Five

Stop 3: Arches National Park 3/7

Head three hours south, along US-6, I-70 E and US-191 S to reach Moab – gateway to Arches National Park, first of the Mighty Five.

This red-rock utopia is next to the famous Colorado River and features more than 2,000 sandstone arches.

Challenge yourself on hiking or biking trails to explore these stunning natural structures, like the iconic 52-foot-tall Delicate Arch and also Double Arch – seen in the opening of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Pitch up at the Devil’s Garden Campground for the evening, to experience this International Dark Sky Park after nightfall.

Moab, UT 84532

https://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm

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Canyonlands National Park

Utah's Mighty Five

Stop 4: Canyonlands National Park 4/7

Continue 30 minutes west, via UT-313, and you can experience the wondrous Island in the Sky drive through Canyonlands National Park.

This popular route is perhaps Utah’s most astonishing and features several dedicated pullover points. Park up to pause and admire views of the vast canyons that zigzag through the landscape.

Finish up your Canyonlands adventure at the awesome Mesa Arch and enjoy a sensational sandstone sunset. Travel back to Moab to relive your day over a burger and fries in the city.

Moab, UT 84532

https://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm

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Capitol Reef National Park

Utah's Mighty Five

Stop 5: Capitol Reef National Park 5/7

Your Utah road trip carries on along I-70 W, then UT-24 towards the state’s south-central desert – midway point through the Big Five.

Journey to the center of Capitol Reef National Park, where the highway crosses Waterpocket Fold – a 100-mile wrinkle in the landscape.

Enjoy a spellbinding drive or walk up to the Golden Throne, a 7,000-plus sandstone mountain that is part of the fold.

You can then park and gaze down upon the magnificent buckle from an unforgettable vantage point.

Torrey, UT 84775

https://www.nps.gov/care/index.htm

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah's Mighty Five

Stop 6: Bryce Canyon National Park 6/7

Arrive at Sunset Point for breathtaking panoramas that overlook fascinating hoodoos, after a two-hour drive west via UT-24 and UT-62.

Some of the highlights of Bryce Canyon are the 1.4-mile Navajo Loop Trail, which takes you to the fascinating depths of Bryce Canyon, and the 1.8-mile Queens Garden Trail.

Feeling energetic? Why not loop around to walk both and take in the stunning sights along the way.

After soaking up special views of the park, rest your head at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon.

Bryce Canyon City, UT 84764

https://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm

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Zion National Park

Utah's Mighty Five

Stop 7: Zion National Park 7/7

Leave Bryce Canyon via US-89 S to Mount Carmel Junction, then drive the Mount Carmel Highway to the Zion-Carmel Tunnel.

This majestic gateway to the park cuts through the cliffs and provides an unforgettable finale to your trip.

Zion is bountiful with walking options. The Emerald Pools Trail and the challenging Narrows hike are popular – the launchpad for the latter is the Temple of Sinawava, a grand sandstone amphitheater.

Stay at the National Park Lodge before heading to vibrant Las Vegas to conclude your adventure through Utah’s Mighty Five.

Springdale, UT 84767

https://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm

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