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Published on 2012-02-05 (5 February 2012)

  • The State of Utah features in more than a third of our North American tours, and deservedly so, as it lays claim to 5 of America's most spectacular national parks.

    Zion National Park Zion National Park

    Easily Utah's most popular national park, the Virgin River gnaws through native sandstone to create the incredible scenery of Zion Canyon, dominated by the impressive rock monoliths of The Great White Throne, Angels Landing and Weeping Rock.

    Choose between sweating it out on any of the switch back trails, climbing to lofty view points high above the valley floor, or venturing deep into any of the side tributaries, including the famous Narrows.

    Explore Zion National Park on the Western Sun or Pacific Dream.

    Arches National Park

    Arches National Park is a region of red, arid desert, containing over 2,000 "miracles of nature", oddly eroded sandstone forms such as fins, pinnacles, spires, balanced rocks, and as the name suggests, the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches - sublime spans of stone that seem to defy gravity, including the most famous of all, Delicate Arch.

    Discover Arches National Park on the 14 day Mountain Trail or the epic 64 day Trailblazer.

    Canyonlands National Park

    Two mighty rivers, the Colorado and Green, carve this huge national park into three distinct areas, the Islands in the Sky, the Needles and the Maze.

    At the turn of the century, mustang herds ran wild on the mesas and were herded in a natural corral below dead horse point, one of the most spectacular view points in the world - where they were roped and broken.

    Visit Canyonlands National Park on the Westerner 3 or Canyon Adventure.

    Capitol Reef National Park Capitol Reef - Temples of the Sun and Moon

    Capitol Reef is a wonderland of sandstone formations and one of Utah's best-kept secrets.

    Its central geologic feature is a 100-mile long natural uplift in the Earth's crust called the Waterpocket Fold, carved into an inviting wilderness of rainbow hued 'reefs' and canyons, with names like Capitol Dome, Hickman Bridge and Cathedral Valley.

    Bryce Canyon

    A favourite hideout out of the famous outlaw, Butch Cassidy, Bryce Canyon is less of a canyon and more a series of natural amphitheatres filled with delicate red rock 'Hoodoos'.

    Shaped over millions of years by wind, water and geologic mayhem, the surreal shapes and colours come alive with the rising and setting of the sun, and hiking trails take you deep into this alien landscape.

    Experience the wonders of Bryce Canyon on the Coast to Coast South or Westerner 3 BLT tours.

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