THE 7 BEST Utah National Parks In 2024

A renowned Southwest photo site, competition for one of 20 daily licenses is tough. An online lottery gives 10 slots, and a melee at the BLM office in Kanab, Utah, gives the other 10. 

The Wave (and a detour to Buckskin Gulch)

Consider Sego Canyon, a historic eastern Utah canyon, a large outdoor art gallery. Its Native American rock art is accessible, uncrowded, and unforgettable. Three civilizations and eras are depicted via petroglyphs and pictographs.

Sego Canyon

Comb Ridge stretches 80 miles from the Abajo Mountains to the San Juan River in the southeast of the state, rising like a big stegosaurus. The new (and endangered) Bears Ears National Monument includes sandstone monocline sections.

Comb Ridge

The Dugway is a three-mile graded dirt switchbacks cut into the Cedar Mesa cliff and the sole unpaved segment of Highway 261 in southeastern Utah. The 1,200-foot, white-knuckle climb has breathtaking views, but take the first left at the summit and drive five miles to Muley Point Overlook 

Moki Dugway

Enjoy Natural Bridges National Monument's three natural bridges—Kachina, Owachomo, and Sipapu—Devils Garden, and Landscape Arch for a few hours or a day. (Water forms bridges, while wind forms delicate arches.

Natural Bridges National Monument

A lunar landscape with worn rocks that resemble cartoon figures or deformed trolls, Goblin Valley in central Utah is unique. Similar funny rock outcroppings are found around the state, but Goblin Valley has the most human-sized craziness. 

Goblin Valley State Park

Two unpaved, breathtaking backroads can be explored alone or in a loop through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument's beautiful desolation in southern Utah. Around every bend on Cottonwood Canyon Road

Cottonwood Canyon Road and Skutumpah Road