Meet The Mighty 5

Adventures in Utahs Mighty 5 Parks

The Fab 4 has some serious competition. Meet The Mighty 5: Arches; Canyonlands; Capitol Reef; Bryce Canyon; Zion. Utah's five iconic national parks are so close in proximity you can explore them all in one unforgettable trip. And spring is a prime time to go! Days are longer, temperatures are cooler, wildflowers are blooming, and seasonal creeks are freshly flowing. Check out the Most Inspiring Springtime Adventures in The Mighty 5 and get the full beta on each park. Take advantage of spring's cooler temperatures and hike the Fiery Furnace, a brilliant, twisting redrock labyrinth in Arches. Famous for its hugely photogenic Mesa Arch, Canyonlands is home to a remote, adventurous canyon trail that includes rock scrambles, spring water flow, and climbing a fixed ladder! Capitol Reef has a hidden gem of a backpacking trip through the Waterpocket Fold, past arches and petrified sand dunes. Take a memorable hike or mix things up with a trail run in Bryce Canyon (pictured); the Fairyland Loop is magical terrain as you move past redrock hoodoo formations and whirling spires, inhaling the fragrance of juniper and Ponderosa pine forests. And Zion brings it all together with a towering red stone canyon and iconic hikes, like Angel's Landing with its 360-degree view and spectacular drop-offs. And The Narrows is always an adventure, hiking in a colossal canyon and going upstream—literally—through the Virgin River. High five for The Mighty 5!

BONUS: Plan your trip to meet The Mighty 5. Check out a variety of itineraries from easy day hikes to multi-day adventures.

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