National Parks Utah
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
preserves over two thousand natural sandstone
arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in
addition to a variety of unique geological resources
and formations. In some areas, faulting has exposed
millions of years of geologic history.The
extraordinary features of the park, including
balanced rocks, fins and pinnacles, are highlighted
by a striking environment of contrasting colors,
landforms and textures.
At Bryce Canyon National Park,
erosion has shaped colorful Claron limestones,
sandstones, and mudstones into thousands of spires,
fins, pinnacles, and mazes. Collectively called
"hoodoos," these colorful and whimsical formations
stand in horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters along the
eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in Southern
Canyonlands National Park
preserves a colorful landscape of sedimentary
sandstones eroded into countless canyons, mesas and
buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries.
Located in southeast Utah, the park sits in the
heart of a vast basin bordered by sheer cliffs of
and Green rivers divide the park into four
districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the
Maze and the rivers themselves. While the districts
share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains
its own character and offers different opportunities
for exploration and the study of natural and
to Canyonlands involve camping along the trails,
roads and rivers found here. The four districts are
not directly linked by any roads, so travel between
them requires two to six hours by car. Generally,
people find it impractical to visit more than one or
two districts in a single trip.
The Waterpocket Fold, a
100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known as
a monocline, extends from nearby Thousand Lakes
Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell).
Capitol Reef National Park was established to
protect this grand and colorful geologic feature, as
well as the unique historical and cultural history
found in the area.
Zion National Park
Zion is an ancient
Hebrew word meaning a place of refuge or sanctuary.
Protected within the park's 229 square miles is a
dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring
cliffs. Zion is located at the junction of the
Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert
provinces. This unique geography and the variety of
life zones within the park make Zion significant as
a place of unusual plant and animal diversity.