Whether you live in Salt Lake City or are just visiting over the summer, it would be a shame to miss out on the beautiful landscapes and outdoor adventures that abound in this area. One of the most popular ways to experience the outdoors is to visit Utah’s National Parks, coined the Mighty Five. Which National Parks are closest to Salt Lake City? Keep reading to find out.
Which National Parks are closest to Salt Lake City?
All of the Mighty Five National Parks in Utah are within four and a half hours of Salt Lake City. Their locations, as well as driving distances via Google Maps, are listed below.
- Capitol Reef National Park – Torrey, UT – 3hrs 22min from SLC
- Arches National Park – Moab, UT – 3hrs 50min from SLC
- Canyonlands National Park – Moab, UT – 3hrs 50min from SLC
- Bryce Canyon National Park – Bryce Canyon, UT – 4hrs 9min from SLC
- Zion National Park – Springdale, UT – 4hrs 30min from SLC
Popular National Park Landmarks in Utah
Arches National Park in Moab, UT is home to two stunning rock formations named Balanced Rock and Delicate Arch. Balanced rock seems to defy gravity and is one of the top attractions in the park. Delicate Arch is by far one of the most popular rock formation at Arches National Park, and perhaps the world. It has become a symbol of Utah and draws in countless visitors from all over the world.
Zion National Park houses more incredible outdoor adventures including two popular hikes, Angels Landing and The Narrows. Angels Landing provides a challenge for even the most experienced climbers and its steep peak provides spectacular views. The Narrows is a hike set inside a gorge filled with water that provides an experience unique to Zion National Park.
The four highlighted landmarks above are just a taste of what Utah’s National Parks have to offer. Anyone interested in visiting the Mighty Five can find more information about each National Park on the National Parks Service website. Check out this video highlighting the Mighty Five below.