There are many great destinations that bring visitors to Southern Utah. We have a variety of National and State Parks close to each other, so visiting multiple destinations is very easy to do. It is a dynamic environment, the landscape is ever-changing, making it an exciting and unique place to visit, no two places will look the same (or even similar)! The beautiful weather from March to October makes it easy to visit most of these locations. Whether you are a casual nature goer or an outdoor enthusiast, Southern Utah can cater to your adventure.
Southern Utah destinations include 3 National parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef national parks. The National Park reported 4 million at Zion, Bryce Canyon had 2.5 million, while Capitol Reef had 1.15 million. Utah is growing at an extremely fast pace, If possible, plan your visit during the middle of the week to avoid the crowds. Each of these parks has a variety of trails throughout them at different levels of difficulty. These include breathtaking views that can only be seen within these parks and will be sure to give you a memorable experience. Both Zion and Bryce Canyon are in the top 10 National parks to visit in the United States, for good reason. Both offer iconic trails and terrain that challenge even the most adept traveler.
Other National Parks, Monuments, and Forests
Utah is mostly public land, leaving a lot of its untouched beauty. Besides the 3 big national parks, there are plenty of smaller parks and monuments that are worth visiting. Among those are Kolob Canyon, which is part of Zion but more secluded, Cedar Breaks Monument, Dixie National Forest, Grand Staircase-Escalante monument, Capitol Reef and Arches National Park. Per the National Park Service Arches has the highest visitors at about 1.5 million per year. These parks offer a great alternative to the parks when the parks are busy, or you want to travel from the beaten path.
South-Western Utah has 5 state parks neighboring the Zion National park area. There are 3 areas of swimming between Gunlock, Quail Creek, and Sand Hollow that is west of Zion. Sand Hollow is the most popular, featuring pink sand dunes near the reservoir for fishing in the morning and off-roading after noon. Quail is 10 minutes from Sand Hollow and offers great bass and trout fishing all year round. All of these lakes are a perfect place to bring your family and camping toys. Snow Canyon offers another area for walking trails at lower level of difficulty and the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, south-east to Zion, is known for off-road vehicle trails. Downtown Saint George is a perfect place to stay, it is historic, quaint, clean, and full of small and friendly businesses that will give you a different taste of the culture in this beautiful growing town. All of these locations are about an hour or less from St. George Utah, these places offer something else to do while visiting Zion National.
Conclusion Southern Utah has many places to visit with different trails at various skill levels. Zion National park is a highly ranked park that also has things that can be done during your visit. Which has probably lead to the increase of yearly visits to the park. It is worth seeing the different parks here and enjoy what nature has given to everyone to enjoy. So, why haven’t you visited Southern Utah and these great parks? If you are interested, there couldn’t be an easier way to stay than Red Rock RV Rentals, we set up and deliver travel trailers all over Southern Utah, we also rent motorhomes and tow-yourself trailers, check what we have to offer.
Park Visitation Statistics. (0AD). Retrieved from https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/management/park-visitation-statistics.htm