Southern Utah’s national parks are admired for their dramatic rock formations, but before you go thinking it’s all more of the same, here’s why you should visit each and every one.
Zion National Park
The Southern Paiutes called this area Mukuntuweap, which translates as "straight canyon," and it's easy to see why. Sandstone cliffs soaked in warm hues rise to dizzying heights, forming slot canyons below. You can take in the honeycombed rockscape on the scenic Angels Landing hike, a 5.4-mile round-trip with steep switchbacks followed by a tightrope walk out a skinny isthmus 1,000 feet above the canyon floor. The strenuous Hidden Canyon trail, 2.4 miles round-trip, is perfect for adventurous and sure-footed hikers who want to experience Zion’s backcountry.