Every so often, the national parks and monuments of Utah waive their entry fees. And one of those times is right around the corner – September 29th. We, at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, are always excited to visit Utah’s public lands, and this time we want you to get outside too. We have therefore compiled a quick list of the national parks and monuments by region. Go check them out this September 29th.
Arches, Canyonlands – Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park share the gateway town of Moab. Arches is famous for its, well, arches. Canyonlands is best seen from water level, we therefore recommend renting a raft. Both parks have great hiking opportunities.
Natural Bridges, Monument Valley – Natural Bridges National Monument is located near San Juan, Utah. It contains three of the largest sandstone bridges in the world; it is also a great place for stargazing. Monument Valley National Monument is located a few miles south of Natural Bridges, near the Arizona border. It is famous for its jutting sandstone monoliths.
Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon – Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park share very similar geological structures. Their hoodoos are world famous. Cedar Breaks is located near Cedar City, Utah. Bryce Canyon is just south of highway 12. Bryce is great for hiking.
Capitol Reef, Grand Staircase – Capitol Reef National Park is right in the Lodge’s backyard. Located near Torrey, Utah, Capitol Reef is a collection of canyon narrows and tall cliffs. The Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument is a few miles south of Capitol Reef and contains dozens of canyons, and is a spectacular scenic drive.
Zion, Kolob Canyon – Zion National Park is of course the most famous park in Utah. It contains great hikes and spectacular scenery. Be sure to drive through the Mount Caramel Tunnel. Kolob Canyon is located off I-15 north of the park proper. It is a beautiful drive that takes you to the top of the canyon.
Maybe something on this list will inspire you to check out your public lands on the 29th. Click on the links to see what else we’ve written on each of these destinations.