America has many tourist friendly destinations thanks to its many big cities, man made monuments and theme parks so it makes sense that Utah isn’t on everyone’s bucket list as a top US destination. Known for being lots of barren land and being home to the polite yet widely disregarded Mormons, it not hard to see why people have a skewed view of this region. In reality Utah is home to some of the most impressive views around thanks to desert, sandstone and years of erosion what is left is an outdoor haven of spots to visit. These are just a handful of the multitude of wonders in this huge state.
Probably most famous for being the location of climbing film 127 Hours this state park in Green River Utah has some of the strangest rocks you may ever lay your eyes on. As you pull into the area that overlooks the so-called goblins you will be taken aback by the sheer number of odd shaped almost melting upright formations of rock. These weird and wonderful natural creations stretch out into the distance and are surrounded by broad stretches of open land for a panorama of quiet solitude. Fans of comedy science fiction film Galaxy Quest will recognise these lumps of stone from the scene where Tim Allen’s character fights a rock monster.
There couldn’t be a more apt name for this national park that sees you drive straight into the huge cliffs that weave in and out all over this stretch of Utah. After some time you may think you have seen it all but there is always plenty more to come, what this means is that as you slowly ascend you will be given a privileged view of where you just drove through once you step out to take in the scenes from the staggered vista points along the way. Watch as the road you drove up in becomes a tiny thread in comparison to the enormous meandering paths that the ancient rivers cut into the rocks here.
This is one of the most loved and visited national parks here, with over 200 miles of park to visit it makes sense that the sheer scale of this place alone is breath-taking. Whichever route you take in to this canyon flanked by terracotta cliffs will immedietly put you in the awestruck mindset to come, one entrance sees you slowly ascend towards the gaping cliff openings, while the other has you drive directly through tunnels in the rocks and work your way down. Zion unlike many of the other parks isn’t just rock, there are wonderful natural areas here that include plains of grass, riverside banks and lush forests all of which make you feel like you are in the heart of nature. Additionally, the attraction here is the many hikes and mini adventures you can take off on. Grab the buses that work their way all the way up and down the mountains so you can depart where necessary, whether you want a steady climb, or a death-defying cliff walk.