The pandemic has pushed people to take new kinds of trips that involve driving somewhere instead of flying and walking through nature instead of resorts. Utah’s “mighty five” National Parks, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Zion, have always been a pull for visitors but now more than ever their crowds are piling up. Fortunately, Southern Utah has a monumental desert landscape which is also scattered with stunning parks and recreation areas. Condé Nast Traveler says “The sizable state parks offer more freedom to explore while still providing national park-like experiences in microcosm.”
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