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Interesting Utah History + Stunning Park and Monument Photos

Updated on January 8, 2018
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Utah is a fantastic state filled with natural wonders including many beautiful state and national parks. We loved vacationing there!

State Flag of Utah
State Flag of Utah | Source

Vacation Planning

If you are searching for a vacation destination which has unimaginable beauty and plenty of open spaces then perhaps you should put the State of Utah on your bucket list.

While Utah is the thirteenth largest of the fifty states in the United States of America it has the third most national parks following those in Alaska and California.

There are five national parks within the confines of the state with numerous state parks and other attractions which will keep one happily engaged for quite some time.

My mother, niece and I had two weeks of vacation to see what we could of this western state and even though we had seen some photos and read about many of the places we would ultimately visit...our senses were at times overwhelmed with wonder at the differing sites.

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Coral Pink Sand Dunes State ParkCanyonlands National ParkView of the Bryce CanyonZion National Park Entrance
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park | Source
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park | Source
View of the Bryce Canyon
View of the Bryce Canyon | Source
Zion National Park Entrance
Zion National Park Entrance | Source

Where To Go In Utah

These would be just some of my suggestions of fantastic places to see while in Utah. I have been fortunate enough to have been able to travel and spend some time in each one of these places. Articles have been written about each one of them.

  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • Goblin Valley State Park
  • Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Place of Wonder

Undoubtedly the native Indian tribes who lived in these parts long before Europeans came to settle in these lands were also impressed with the natural wonders.

Tribes included the Anasazi and Freemont. The Navajo, Soshute, Paiute, Shoshone and Ute people had plenty of land to roam, secure food by tending crops as well as getting to do fishing and hunting.

While much of the state has a semi arid to desert climate, there are also creeks and rivers that emerge from the hills and mountainous rocky formations that would have provided moisture and shelter to the native Indians.

Living and taking from the land what they needed for subsistence the native Americans could not have helped but notice the wondrous scenery which varied from area to area and long before Utah became the 45th State of the U.S. in 1896.

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Landscape Arch in Arches National ParkGifford Ranch in Capitol Reef NPAutumn colours in SW Utah...Cedar Breaks National Monument..from the 10,460 foot rim
Landscape Arch in Arches National Park
Landscape Arch in Arches National Park | Source
Gifford Ranch in Capitol Reef NP
Gifford Ranch in Capitol Reef NP | Source
Autumn colours in SW Utah...Cedar Breaks National Monument..from the 10,460 foot rim
Autumn colours in SW Utah...Cedar Breaks National Monument..from the 10,460 foot rim | Source

Utah Facts

  • While Utah may have been slow with regard to European settlement, trappers and fur traders lead the charge on discovering the bounty that was there all of which the native Indians knew.
  • Mormon settlement of parts of Utah took place with Brigham Young leading the way back in 1847. A good percentage of people living in Utah still adhere to the Mormon religion.
  • Early mining done by the Mormons was primarily for stones to build buildings, coal to help heat and iron to forge tools and other necessary items. As time progressed mining of gold, silver, copper and uranium also took place. Copper mining is still done today and is an important industry in Utah.
  • Other dates of note were when the last link of the First Transcontinental Telegraph was completed in 1861 in the Salt Lake City area.
  • In 1869 just north of Salt Lake at Promontory Point the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed.

Those two events truly helped in moving people from eastern parts of the country to the west. Communication and transportation became faster and easier. No longer would settlers have to rely solely upon wagon trains and stage coaches to move their possessions cross country. Loved ones could transmit information of importance by telegraph instead of waiting interminably for the slow written forms of communication transported by pony express back in that time.

Extreme hiking in Zion..."perhaps one of the most coveted hikes in the world" and only allowed by permit.

Utah Travel

Obviously with the Transcontinental Telegraph and the Transcontinental Railroad more people were discovering Utah.

But what really opened it up especially with regard to tourism was the development of the Interstate Highway System of which President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a major proponent back in the mid 1950s.

Prior to becoming the 34th President of the U.S.(from 1953 to 1961), Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War 2 and came to know the importance of the German Autobahn as it related to the easier transportation of troops and supplies.

While rarely needed for emergencies in the U.S., occasionally the Interstate Highways come into use for those reasons. Evacuations from impending hurricanes is one such use.

Primarily the Interstate Highways are utilized by companies transporting goods all across our land as well as people driving to places of work or planning visits to friends and families. Naturally for those taking vacations it makes getting from one place to another much easier and faster.

Utah tourism definitely became more popular when travel to and from Utah became easier for most Americans who wished to take their automobiles out on the road for vacation purposes.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower Official Portrait
President Dwight D. Eisenhower Official Portrait | Source

Utah Parks

The things to see in Utah are seemingly endless.

  • Over 70% of the land in Utah is set aside and federally owned or managed. This includes the national parks, state parks and other sites of interest.

Since about 80% of all the people who have settled in Utah live near Salt Lake that leaves many other places in the state that are sparsely populated.

Utah is a hikers dream location! Be sure and take comfortable hiking shoes, some sunscreen, plenty of water and be prepared to enjoy yourself.

While many of the parks feature rocky formations...amazingly each has a distinctive look and feel to the place. So if planning a vacation trip to Utah be sure to see as many of the different parks as time allows.

We saw petrified sand dunes, bee hives in rocks which smelled of honey, petroglyphs, stone arches that number the greatest in the world and unusual rock formations that must be seen to be believed!

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Escalante Petrified Forest State Park ~ Yes...there is petrified wood found there!Goblin Valley State Park in Utah ~ Do you see all the people playing and climbing on those rocks? It is another one of Utah's wonderlands!
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park ~ Yes...there is petrified wood found there!
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park ~ Yes...there is petrified wood found there! | Source
Goblin Valley State Park in Utah ~ Do you see all the people playing and climbing on those rocks? It is another one of Utah's wonderlands!
Goblin Valley State Park in Utah ~ Do you see all the people playing and climbing on those rocks? It is another one of Utah's wonderlands! | Source

Utah Attractions

Are you a snow skier or one who enjoys snowboarding? One of the places in Utah that many people flock to in the winter are the ski areas located in Park City and Alta. They are up in the mountains above Salt Lake City and would definitely have been put to good use during the Winter Olympic Games in 2002.

My mother, niece and I saw those locations during the summer. The cooler mountain breezes can be a nice respite from the heat of summertime temperatures. The scenery is impressive up in the mountains.

Hope you enjoyed this brief introductory look at what the State of Utah has to offer. Look for my other posts on specific areas within Utah to learn more.

Have you been to Utah or would you consider taking a vacation there?

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50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks
50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks

We visited all of Utah's national parks and were able to do a bit of hiking. Would love to go back and do even more. A book like this showcases the different hikes in the various areas so that you can plan your trip more efficiently and allow the time necessary for what you wish to see and do while there.

 

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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      8 weeks ago

      Yes, event the short trips and vacation disasters have things we can look back at with fondness.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      I am truly grateful for all of those vacation memories. They are something to cherish.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      8 weeks ago

      Yes, it's great that you got around to all these wonderful places.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      For a number of years my mother, niece and I would take a summer vacation (when my niece was out of school) and travel for 10 days to 2 weeks. It was a lot of fun and we got to see some great areas of our country. That does not include other vacations with my husband, etc.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 months ago

      You certainly do get around.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Yes, President Eisenhower is credited with getting our Interstate Highway system installed all across our country. It certainly made travel easier and still does to this day. Glad you got to see a bit of Utah in your travels. We started and ended one vacation in Salt Lake many years ago by flying in and out of there.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 months ago

      I remember driving through Utah. Salt Lake City looked beautiful from a distance. There were the salt flats, amazing. I remember hearing President Eisenhower decided the U.S. needed a better road system before World War II. His unit rode cross country and it took them a long time to complete the journey. Long treks by military units were apparently the in thing at the time.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi poetryman6969,

      Much of the State of Utah is in the wild as is common with national parks and state parks. It is wondrous to be able to explore these places in person. Hope you get to explore it someday.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      I am sure that you would love visiting Utah just as we did. It is a nature lover's paradise as so much of the state is set aside for parks, etc. Hope you get to see it someday. Thanks for the votes, shares, etc.

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      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      I see some wild looking territory. I think I would enjoy a close up and personal look at it some day.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Truly would love to visit here. Your photos make this seem like a state I would love to visit. It is amazing to me that so much splendor resides within our boundaries.

      Angels are on the way to you Peggy.

      Voted up+++ and shared and pinned to Awesome HubPages

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Paul,

      That must have been some trip driving from Chicago to San Francisco with college buddies! Nice that you have gotten to spend some time in Utah. It is a fabulous state filled to the brim with natural wonders. :)

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Peggy,

      This is an awesome hub which I really enjoyed reading. It certainly brought back memories of all of the times I was in Utah. The first time I hit Utah was in May of 1973 as I was driving with college buddies from Chicago to San Francisco. I remember spending a little over a day in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah before renting a car and continuing on to S.F. The scenery descending the mountains down into Salt Lake was spectacular. My most recent times in Utah were in the early 2000s when I spent two weeks of two summers in Ogden on business. While there on the weekends, I was able to drive up to Yellowstone National Park, and also down south to the Grand Canyon and then Las Vegas. I remember visiting Bryce Canyon and descending into the canyon. It was very beautiful and spectacular. I also remember visiting Park City. Yes, I would definitely go back to Utah to visit more parks. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Living just 15 miles from the Utah border, you must have some wonderful memories of visiting sites in Utah. Did you get to visit all of the national parks there? What were your favorite places? I would actually have a hard time answering that question because I found so much of the state picturesque in different ways. It is a vacation land for certain! Appreciate your votes, the 5 star rating and your share. :)

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Utah is indeed unique and interesting and beautiful! I think a lot of people don't realize how picturesque and amazing the scenery is there. Your photos are gorgeous as always. I used to live just 15 miles from the Utah border and made many trips over their with sightseeing guests.

      Summer is vacation and travel season. Your great hub should inspire lots of people to visit Utah.

      Voted up, BAUI, gave you 5 more stars, and will share!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Indian Chef,

      So nice to know that you liked learning a bit about the State of Utah. That Goblin Valley State Park is amazing. In addition to the most unusual rock formations, it is a fun place to play, climb, etc. So glad that fellow tourists told us about it since it is a bit off the beaten path. Appreciate your comment, vote and the share on Twitter.

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      Indian Chef 

      5 years ago from New Delhi India

      Peggy this is very interesting hub. Interesting history about the fur trade and beautiful Pictures. I really loved your Goblin valley Picture. Voting up and sharing on Twitter.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello nanderson500,

      We also visited Salt Lake City...in fact started and ended our vacation there. You are correct in that there is SO MUCH MORE to see and do in Utah. Since you live in Seattle, you don't live that far away to be able to see much more of that state. Hope you get to enjoy it someday. Thanks for your comment.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Michelle,

      Utah is a wonderland of much beauty and so much public land. It truly is a treasure! So glad that you liked this look at what this state has to offer visitors as well as the people who call it home. Thanks for your comment + tweet.

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      nanderson500 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've been to the Salt Lake City area but haven't explored much of the rest of Utah. I know there is a lot more to see there. Voted up and interesting.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      This is an interesting place to visit, and has a unique culture and history of its own. Would love to come by! Thanks so much for the introduction, and I'll tweet as well!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stacy,

      Nice that you took time out for a look at Arches National Park. Every single park in Utah is worth spending time in exploring. Such spectacular beauty is there to be enjoyed. Hope you get back someday and can see more of it. Click on the links to see much more about each place we visited...then plan your next trip! Thanks for your comment and the share.

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      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Because of the amount of times we have spent driving from California to either Wisconsin (or Colorado Springs for a short while) we have seen Utah several times. However, it amazed me that we never really "saw" Utah. Because we always drove that portion at night, we never got much of a chance to explore. However, we did visit Zion National Park on one drive back in 2004. Unfortunately, they were in the midst of a really bad storm and we were in the midst of moving and were very unprepared. It dropped down to 32 degrees and we were in shorts and tank tops. Not well prepared at all. Needless to say, I don't remember much. However, we did stop by the Arches last year. Boy was that beautiful. It did add an additional 10 hours to our trip because of the time spent exploring, but it was absolutely beautiful!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Which of the Utah parks have you visited? We enjoyed each and every one of them. Could spend weeks in each one of them if only one had the time. Thanks for your comment.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great collection of facts Peggy! I have seen a couple of the parks and they are spectacular for sure. Well done!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Au fait,

      Utah definitely has spectacular and interesting scenery not typical of too many other places. Nice that you lived so close that you got to see it from where you lived in Colorado...another gorgeous state! Appreciate your comment, votes and the share.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      Having lived in Grand Junction CO for 2 years, I took the opportunity to explore Utah, our neighbor just over the border (15 miles) to the west. It is indeed full of amazing scenic beauty that is hard to find anywhere else. Every state has it's beauty and Utah is no exception. Your photos are gorgeous.

      Voting this hub up, awesome, and sharing!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Zion National Park is a favorite for many people. All of the parks in Utah are amazing in different ways. So glad that you enjoyed this virtual tour. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      prasetio30 

      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub, Peggy. I really enjoy the virtual tour in Utah, including the pictures and and the video as well. My favorite is Zion National Park. I'll put "Utah" on my travel list. Good job and voted up!

      Prasetio

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello tipstoretireearly,

      Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument surely show the effects of erosion at its best. As to the colors and hues, all of these parks in Utah are filled with amazing colors. Our Utah vacation is one we won't soon forget! Thanks for your comment.

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      tipstoretireearly 

      6 years ago from New York

      That was a scenic trip through this beautiful state! Bryce Canyon National Park was my favorite, with so many different hues and shades.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      Thanks for the revisit to this Utah hub and appreciative of the share. You write some of the finest historical hubs out there!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SarahSanders,

      Depending upon where in California you live, you are not that far away from Utah to be able to visit its wonders. If we lived a bit closer, I would love to explore more of its parks in depth and perhaps visit other places we missed seeing. Thanks for your comment.

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      A pleasure to share the many wonders of Utah presented by the best writer of the first person article travelogue, PeggyW!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      Yes...after parking at the picnic area above, we climbed down into the Goblin Valley State Park and those piles of rocks appear even larger and more fantasticly shaped. It appears as though some large god child played with silly putty and this is the result. Amazing! All of the parks and places we visited in Utah were interesting and each had its own special type of beauty. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      After reading on the histories and looking at the photos I went back and just stated at the Google map as the thoughts formulated on all the fresh and amazing things. Utah is indeed a wonderland of awesome delights Peggy. Did you get down amongst the Goblins after snapping the cool pic? Up useful and inter my friend!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lesley,

      So nice that you and your son got to visit Utah as well as Yellowstone together making for great shared memories. Which of the parks in Utah did you get to see? Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again b. Malin,

      I guess the main thing is that your granddaughter is enjoying Utah and getting to see some of the parks, whether she is actually working in one of them or somewhere nearby. Such a great spot to have a summer job! I know that quite a few kids get jobs in national parks. It is a great experience for them as well as them being able to make some money.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, I visited Utah about 15 years ago with my son, it was a wonderful experience - we included a visit to Yellowstone park.

      Your photos and descriptions are wonderful, there is so much to see and explore, it has me longing to return and see more!

      Thank you and voted up!

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      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      Hi Peggy, I'll have to find out next time I speak to her. I'm so thrilled when she calls, that I forgot to ask...Crazy Grandmother that I am. But as I said, she loves Utah.

      I look forward to Following your Hubs.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      If you love natural surroundings and great beauty...you would LOVE the State of Utah! There is so much to see and enjoy there. Our two week vacation only hit some highlights. It would take much longer to fully enjoy all that there is to see and do. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi teaches12345,

      What made me wish to visit Utah was knowing that it contained 5 national parks, and I have always been impressed with each and every national park that I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. Learning about all of the additional state parks and other areas was a pleasant surprise. Yes...Utah is a vacation place of beauty and wonder for so many reasons. Nice to be able to introduce you to it. Thanks for your comment.

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      Cheryl J. 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Wow. Your photos of the State of Utah are truly beautiful and unique. I am impressed with the geology and the beautiful natural landscape in the different parks. The State and Natural parks are very interesting and spellbinding. Hiking and biking would be very enjoyable. You have given great information and history of the Interstate Highway System that President Eisenhower supported in the 1950's. Another great hub, photos and videos. I will add Utah on my vacation list.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I have to say that I never would have considered the state of Utah such an adventure. I can see form your post and photos that it does have lots of interesting places for any vacation. Thanks for the education.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi b.Malin,

      What a lucky granddaughter you have to be able to be teaching at a camp in Utah during the summer. Is this in one of the national parks or nearby one? Which parks has she seen? Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello LillyGrillzit,

      These photos are just a sampling of what you will see on a Utah vacation trip. Check out more of the hubs on specific places if you are interested, then get busy so you can cross Utah off of your bucket list. You will be thrilled to see these sites in person. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi susiebrown48,

      I know what you mean. The Grand Canyon is certainly that, but unless one hikes or takes a horse ride down into it, for the most part one is looking at it from above. One can get closer and right into most of the national parks in Utah. Seeing them up close, the beauty actually surrounds you in all directions. We loved Utah and I can see that you do also. Thanks for your comment.

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      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      My Granddaughter is spending this Summer in Utah, teaching at a Camp. She LOVES it and Everything you've hubbed about this lovely state, she mentions when she calls...Especially the Parks! Wonderful Photos, and an Excellent Hub, Peggy.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Your Hub and the beautiful photos have caused me to put Utah on my bucket list of places to see in this lifetime. Good work! Voted up.

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      susiebrown48 

      6 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Loved the hub, brought back fond memories of our Utah trip. I had always thought the Grand Canyon magnificent, until I saw Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. The article was was as beautiful as Utah. Nice job!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      The greatest number of people in Utah live in or nearby the Salt Lake City portion of the state. The majority of the rest of the state is like one giant playground of fantastic scenery set aside for public use with more limited population areas. For those who have time to explore and are in reasonably good shape, there are probably countless canyons and areas of seldom viewed scenery similar to that in the video you mentioned. Appreciate your comment.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another very interesting and attractive hub, Peggy. The Extreme Hiking video was amazing! The population and land data that you gave was also very interesting - over 70% of the land federally owned and 80% of the population living around Salt Lake City are impressive statistics!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      If you like seeing beautiful scenery (and I know you do!) and enjoy getting out amidst nature and doing some hiking, then Utah is the place for you. If one is not into hiking, you can still see quite a bit of these parks from the road...at overview spots, etc., but to see these parks in depth, one has to get out there and do a bit of hiking. We did a smattering of both because we only had 2 weeks of vacation time. Thanks for your visit, votes and the share.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      Utah has much more to offer than just Bryce Canyon National Park. My advice...check out all of the national parks in the state and if you have time, chip away at some of the state parks as well. Your time will be well served! They are all so different and beautiful. Appreciate your comment and votes.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I have never been to Utah, but it looks like the kind of place I would like to visit. I watched the video of the hike. That was more like an endurance hike!

      You have some beautiful photos here of this part of the U.S. Interesting fact about the interstates that I never knew, too.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc. and shared with others.

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, Bryce ranks high on my places that I want to see. Your photo only makes me want to visit even more. Nice to know though that there are other things to see in the state other than that canyon. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Free2writ3,

      Hope you get to take a Utah vacation someday. It is so beautiful there and loaded to the brim with attractions. Thanks for your comment.

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      Free2writ3 

      6 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

      Nice, I've always wanted to visit utah....thanks for sharing.

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