What Are Some Good National Parks in Utah?


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Zion, Bryce Canyon and Arches are some good national parks located in Utah. The parks offer a wide range of scenic natural beauty and interesting landscapes carved by wind and water over thousands of years. The national parks are scattered throughout the state, which has a total of five national parks.

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Zion National Park is 147,000 acres of canyons and mesas carved out by the Virgin River. The park's hiking trails wind around clear pools, sweeping vistas, narrow canyons and natural arches. Zion is home to over 200 species of birds, many of them rare and endangered, including the California condor, the peregrine falcon, the bald eagle and the Mexican spotted owl.

Bryce Canyon contains thousands of hoodoos carved from sandstone by the wind and water. Hoodoos are tall spires in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as castles, towers and fins that resemble the formations found in a cave.

Located near the town of Moab, Utah, Arches National Park is situated on a 73,234-acre plateau and features over 2,000 natural arches carved out of red sandstone by the wind. The world's largest proliferation of arches is surrounded by a pygmy forest of pinon pines and juniper trees along with thousands of other rock formations, including hoodoos, gargoyles, fins, towers and balanced rocks.

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