The 9 most beautiful places in Utah, UT

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Utah is often mentioned as one of the prettiest places in America. The must see places in Utah include red deserts, green canyons, mysterious rock formations and even interesting history. Continue reading to see the most beautiful places in Utah listed.

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1. Utah’s oldest national park Zion

Zion National Park in South Utah was established as early as 1919. That makes it the oldest national park on the list with the most beautiful places in Utah. And the state’s first national park is certainly something to include on all Utah bucket lists.

In Zion the sandstone cliffs in cream, pink and red beautifully get contrasted by the park’s green canyon floors. The environment is spectacular and the Utah park also offers some of America’s best and most famous hikes. To explore Angels Landing, the Narrows and the Observation Point in Zion are some of the best things to do in Utah if you enjoy hiking.

Green canyon and red cliffs during daytime in Zion National Park
Beautiful views in Zion.

2. The surreal Monument Valley

For Monument Valley the state of Utah shares the glory with Arizona. Because the famous red valley that counts as one of the most scenic places in Utah sits on the border between Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.

But when you visit Monument Valley it’s easy to ask where in the universe you really are. The area including Monument Valley Tribal Park is breathtaking. The Utah valley with its red valley floor and giant buttes is certainly one of the most beautiful parts of Utah.

Three large rock buttes in Monument Valley
Monument Valley, AZ/UT.

3. Hoodoo rich Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is famous for its dense population of rock hoodoos. And even among all the must see places in Utah the hoodoo rich Bryce stands out. The scenery in Bryce is like nothing else and the peculiar red rock hoodoos make Bryce Canyon one of the most unique places to visit in Utah.

Among all the hoodoos in Bryce the most famous one is Thor’s Hammer. It’s the hoodoo in Bryce Canyon. To reach Thor’s Hammer you just need to make a short hike down from the main road. The hike to get to the iconic Utah spot is worth every step.

Rock hoodoo in Bryce Canyon Utah
Hoodoo in Bryce Canyon National Park.

4. The well-kept secret Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park is another great national park in Utah. As it gets much less attention than some other spots among the most beautiful places in Utah it’s also known as the state’s best-kept secret. But the park is unique in the way that it offers both diverse nature and interesting history.

Fruita Historic District in the park adds a historic dimension to a Capitol Reef visit. Only few buildings remain in Fruita today but when you visit it’s easy to believe that the settlement used to be one of the prettiest towns in Utah. The setting in Capitol Reef is just stunning.

Lonely barn in Utah national park
Fruita in Capitol Reef.

5. Fossil packed Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument is located on the border between Utah and Colorado. In the area dinosaurs used to roam in a distant time. When you visit Dinosaur National Monument you get to see their well preserved remains. Dinosaur National Monument is one of the most unique places in Utah and even in America.

In the Quarry Exhibit Hall that you easily reach from the places to stay near Dinosaur National Monument in Vernal visitors can view more than 1,500 dinosaur fossils. That makes the national monument one of the world’s richest dinosaur deposits. The remains on display in the extensive dinosaur graveyard include the species Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Camarasaurus, Diplodocus and Stegosaurus. Visiting Dinosaur National Monument is one of the best educational things to do in Utah.

Red canyon floor, green trees and cliffs in Dinosaur National Monument.
Dinosaur National Monument, UT/CO.

6. The vast and remote Canyonlands

Canyonlands National Park is a grand national park in Utah. The more than 335,000 acres are filled with fun Utah things to explore. But as Canyonlands covers such a vast and remote area most visitors don’t have time to explore more than just a slice of the park.

By far the most popular district in Canyonlands National Park is Island in the Sky. It’s the easiest area to visit and its paved drive takes you to some of the most scenic places in Utah.

The vast Canyonlands National Park in Utah during daytime
Canyonlands overlook, Utah.

7. Lake Powell’s inviting waters

It’s called a lake but in truth it’s a colossal man-made water reservoir. But no matter if you choose to call it a lake or a reservoir Lake Powell is one of the most beautiful places in Utah. Its inviting waters contrasted by the red cliffs is a stunning sight.

Lake Powell on the border between Utah and Arizona border is a desert paradise for water activities. Millions of people travel to the Lake Powell area each year to enjoy water activities in the the desert. It might be a fake lake but the fun is certainly real.

Blue lake among red cliffs at Utah's Lake Powell
Lake Powell in Utah.

8. The pretty mountain town Park City

Park City is constantly mentioned as one of the prettiest towns in Utah. The mountain town is especially a popular winter destination and in the area you find many world-class ski resorts.

But you don’t have to ski to enjoy Park City in Utah. The historic buildings, charming vibe and incredible mountain backdrop makes Park City one of the most beautiful places in Utah.

The colorful Park City in the Mountains in Utah
Park City, UT.

9. A timeless landscape in Arches

Arches National Park and its timeless red rock landscape is known as one of the most scenic places Utah. The highlight in the park is its more than 2,000 signature arches. And among all the arches in Arches there is in particular one that stands out.

The Delicate Arch is the most famous and photographed arch in the entire park. For a close-up view you need to hike a round trip of 3 miles (4.8 km) from the trailhead. The Delicate Arch hike is regarded as one of the best things to do in Utah. Just be prepared that the trail gets incredibly hot during the warmer months of the year.

Giant arch in Arches National Park in Utah
Delicate Arch in Arches, UT

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