The United States has 61 protected areas that are considered so significant and valuable that they have been designated as national parks. Travelers headed out west can make a stop in Utah and see five of those parks in one state: Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. These parks feature dramatic desert terrain, amazing rock formations, and the stunning mountain scenes that dominate Utah's natural landscape. All five parks are located near each other, making it possible to plan a truly epic road trip and visit all of them in a short period.


01Visiting Arches National Park

To access Arches National Park, you need to get to Moab, Utah. It's just a short trip by air or car from major cities like Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. Arches National Park is open all year, 24 hours a day. Before starting your day at Arches, check out the visitor center located just inside the park near the main entrance. It is open daily (except Christmas Day) with the following hours:

  • April – September: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • October – early November: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • November: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • December – February: 9:00am - 4:00 p.m.
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