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Apr 29, 2019

Episode #48
Utah National Parks Part 1

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Let's start with the basics: what to expect when you come to Utah:
  • crazy weather
  • Super dry climate
  • lots of tourists
  • lots of ice cream
  • sunburn
How can you avoid the busiest tourist season What should youbring with you to Utah and what are the national parks you can visit?


When you go to national park page at nps.gov you can search for parks by state. When you click on Utah, the site will give you a list of all the national places: monuments, sites and historic trails, recreational sites and parks. Each of these areas are maintained by the government and are part of the national park service. These are all wonderful places to visit, but for this podcast, I'm going to focus just on the national parks.

There are 5 national parks in Utah and I've been to all of them. They each are very different, even though they are all in the same state, and some within an hour of each other.  Each have their own rock formation which give them their personality. And, besides Utah, you can only see crazy and unique rock formations similar to these in about a half dozen other places worldwide. This is what makes the parks in Utah to so special.

Let's start off in the north.

Arches

Moab, UT

Visit Arches to discover a landscape of contrasting colors, land forms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.

Canyonlands

Moab, UT

Canyonlands invites you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.


In the South

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon, UT

Hoodoos (irregular columns of rock) exist on every continent, but here is the largest concentration found anywhere on Earth. Situated along a high plateau at the top of the Grand Staircase, the park's high elevations include numerous life communities, fantastic dark skies, and geological wonders that defy description.

Zion

Springdale, UT

Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.


In the middle of Utah

Capitol Reef

Torrey, UT

Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.

Next episode will be part 1 of three where we explore two parks in adventurous detail!

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