Utah's National Parks Holidays

A red rock adventure playground

Home to the Mighty Five National Parks, Southern Utah has some of the most iconic outdoor locations in the US. From Monument Valley - one of the most photographed locations in the world, to the hoodoo spires of Bryce Canyon, the slot canyons of Zion and the rugged solitude of Canyonlands. Outdoor adventures begin here.

Luxury Holidays in Utah's National Parks

A small town with a big heart, Moab is the gateway to some incredible sandstone adventures. A city in the middle of two national parks, its Main Street is home to cafes, shops, breweries and small hotels, but outdoor lovers flock here for the ease of access to the surrounding landscapes - from long scenic byways, to hiking trails and mountain biking the red dirt tracks, to kayaking the Colorado River.

Visit Arches National Park with over 2000 physics-defying natural red rock arches. Take in the pink sunset from Delicate Arch - a photo hotspot. Or be amazed by the Balanced Rock - an incredible spot for stargazing.

Admire the otherworldly landscape of Canyonlands. From the Island in the Sky mesa that stands tall above the clouds offering panoramic views of the Colorado and Green rivers and the steep layered buttes and sandstone canyons below. 

Reasons to visit Bryce Canyon

It’s a hell of a place to lose a cow” said Ebenezer Bryce, the park’s namesake and an early pioneer. And as you stand at Inspiration Point overlooking the huge natural rock Bryce Amphitheatre you can certainly see why. Towering, human-like pillars of red rock stand side by side for miles alongside a dense alpine forest carpet. 

Glamp under some of the darkest skies in the world. An internationally recognised Dark Sky Park, Bryce Canyon offers spectacular views of the night sky. Dusk and dawn are definitely worth getting up early or staying late for.

It’s easy to hike around. From family-friendly trails like the short Mossy Cave Trail, to the popular Rim Trail that allows you to hike to each of the best viewpoints, and The Navajo Loop Trail that descends to the floor of the canyon and back up to Sunset Point.

Drive Highway 63. An 18-mile scenic highway with plenty of opportunities to stop for photos, or a short hike. Or for a change of pace, you can traverse the hoodoos and pine tree trails on horseback.

Things to do in Zion National Park

  • Hiking. From the climbs up to Angels Landing or Observation Point for breathtaking views to more family-friendly trails at Emerald Pools and less-travelled routes in Kolab - there’s a hike for everyone at Zion. 
  • The Narrows. This series of slot canyons that Zion is so famous for, are best taken in from the ground. Or thrill seekers can try their hand at canyoneering with an experienced guide.
  • Visit Springdale on the edge of the park for places to eat, drink and stay as well as farmers markets, art galleries and shops.
  • Take in the views from The Zion Canyon National Scenic Drive - a 54-mile route that’s open to private vehicles out of season, but that can be enjoyed from one of the many shuttle buses during the busier summer months.
  • Birdwatching. From small hummingbirds to giant birds of prey, Zion is home to over 200 species of birds including the peregrine falcon, bald eagle and magnificent Californian condor. Don’t forget your binoculars!

Weather in Southern Utah

As such a huge state, Utah’s weather varies massively depending on the region you’re visiting. However, across the national parks, there are four distinct seasons. Summer and autumn offer the most pleasant temperatures and lowest rainfall from May through to early October. Whereas throughout the winter and spring temperatures are colder, especially at night. Whatever time of year you visit it’s worth being prepared for distinct weather changes.

Interesting facts about Utah

  • Utah’s national parks have provided the film set backdrop for everything from classic Westerns to Forrest Gump and Thelma & Louise.
  • It’s a hotspot for dinosaur fossils, with some of the densest collections in the world found across the state and preserved in the many dinosaur museums, and quarries.
  • At 84,900 sq miles, Utah is the USA’s 11th largest state.

Holidays we think you'll like

Top Pick Hotels

Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton

4* out of 5 stars

Where modern simplicity meets red rock desert. Close to Main Street, minutes from Arches, and featuring an outdoor pool and spa— Hoodoo Moab is a desert retreat redefined.

Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa

4* out of 5 stars

An all-encompassing retreat set amongst stunning landscapes, with luxury cabins, Colorado River views, relaxed fine dining, and a range of activities at your fingertips.

Under Canvas Bryce Canyon

3* out of 5 stars

A unique outdoor retreat,  this luxury glamping experience is surrounded by natural beauty and features upscale amenities, seasonal dining and nightly campfires.

Under Canvas Moab

3* out of 5 stars

Just seven miles north of Moab near Utah’s famed Canyonlands and Arches national parks, Under Canvas Moab offers a truly unforgettable escape into the wilderness.

Zion Mountain Ranch

3* out of 5 stars

Relax on the ranch in these rustically elegant log cabins with cozy wood stoves, farm-to-table cuisine and scenic views near Zion National Park.

Utah's Mighty 5

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park, a breathtaking oasis in southern Utah, enchants visitors with its towering sandstone cliffs, deep canyons, and emerald-green rivers. Hiking trails wind through narrow slot canyons and alongside cascading waterfalls, offering awe-inspiring views at every turn. The iconic Zion Canyon Scenic Drive provides access to majestic landmarks like the Great White Throne and Angels Landing. With its diverse ecosystems and stunning landscapes, Zion is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park, nestled in southern Utah, unveils a surreal landscape of intricate hoodoos, towering spires, and amphitheatres carved by the forces of nature. Its otherworldly beauty shines at sunrise and sunset, painting the rock formations in hues of orange, pink, and red. Hiking trails lead adventurers through this maze of rock formations, offering panoramic views of the sprawling canyon below. With its unique geology and stunning vistas, Bryce Canyon captivates the imagination and leaves visitors spellbound.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Arches National Park, a desert sanctuary near Moab, Utah, showcases over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, each a masterpiece sculpted by time and weather. Towering pinnacles, vast red rock expanses, and hidden canyons await exploration along its trails. Iconic landmarks like Delicate Arch and Landscape Arch inspire awe, while scenic drives reveal breathtaking vistas. Amidst resilient desert flora and fauna, this rugged landscape invites adventurers, photographers, and nature lovers to witness the raw beauty of the American Southwest.

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park, a rugged expanse of wilderness in southeastern Utah, boasts dramatic landscapes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Vast canyons, towering mesas, and soaring arches create a stunning backdrop for outdoor adventures. Visitors can explore the park's four distinct districts, each offering its own unique scenery and recreational opportunities. From the Island in the Sky's panoramic vistas to the maze-like canyons of the Needles, Canyonlands is a playground for hikers, backpackers, and photographers alike.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park, nestled in Utah's heartland, reveals a hidden treasure trove of geological wonders. Its iconic Waterpocket Fold, a nearly 100-mile-long wrinkle in the Earth's crust, showcases colourful cliffs, twisting canyons, and natural bridges. Visitors can wander among orchards planted by early Mormon settlers or hike through slot canyons and past petroglyphs left by ancient inhabitants. With its rugged beauty and rich history, Capitol Reef offers a captivating journey through time and nature's artistry.

Useful information

  • Local time GMT (-6)
  • Currency US Dollar
  • Language English
  • Location Western USA
  • Flying time 10 hours & 30 minutes

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