Utah National Parks

Like Picasso’s blue period, Utah national parks are variations on a theme — petrified Jurassic sediments sculpted by wind, water and time — but each one alienates and exhilarates in its own way. Families/High-adventurers/Leisurely travelers can hike/bike/tour/explore southern Utah’s unending fins/buttes/hoodoos/canyons. Raft the Colorado, walk the earth’s seams or watch the sun set through a hole in a mountain. Choose your own adventure. Read more...


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Zion Ponderosa Ranch brings luxury to the middle of the Wild West

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Capitol Reef

A 100-mile snag in the earth's crust

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Luxury, Location, Libations

Red Cliffs Lodge


Bryce Canyon

Amphitheater of the absurd

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The Holey Land

Arches National Park


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38˚ North on the Utah Map

Something good happened a while back at 38˚ north latitude in Utah. All five of the state’s national parks are within a sandstone’s throw of it — in fact, you could drive through them all in a single overstimulated afternoon. (You could, but you shouldn’t. That’d be like sprinting through the Louvre.)

Over 150 million years the soft-ish stone sediments in these five spots relented in weird, beautiful ways, cutting open a color spectrum of reds, pinks, yellows, grays and whites, all dappled with green. It’s called the Grand Staircase, but you could think of it as a peeling painting, a dozen layers on display from Bryce to the Grand Canyon.

A California CondoR Beds in Zion

That’s not only true (they’re not extinct after all!), it’s a helpful mnemonic for remembering the Utah national parks from east to west:


The Holey Land (See: Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Fiery Furnace)


The slow work of merciless rivers (See: Grand View Point, Horseshoe Canyon, how tough you are)

Capitol Reef

A snag in the earth’s crust, 100 miles long (See: Waterpocket Fold, historic Fruita)

Bryce Canyon

Sometimes-snowy erosions, elevated (See: Navajo Loop, Fairyland Point/Loop)


The oldest, the most visited (See: Subway, Angels Landing, your life flash before your eyes)

Museums of Ancient Art

Michelangelo wasn’t bad; Rembrandt made nice pictures; and Kahlo had some interesting ideas; but the Earth’s greatest masterpieces weren’t made by human hands. And they’re all in southern Utah.

It’s a reddish-orangey-pink swath of a United State that’s eroded in audacious ways. New York’s got the MoMA; Utah has five museums of ancient art. Climb through a hole punched in a mountain, hike through a slot canyon, kayak the Colorado and explore Bryce Canyon’s rock opera. It’s art appreciation in hiking boots.

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