Best national park from Salt lake city

Old Aug 10th, 2011, 07:20 AM
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Old Aug 10th, 2011, 10:30 AM
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If you have the time, go to the Grand Canyon it's Magnificent, if you go, be sure to go to the IMAX Theater. I used to live in SLC and I thought that Park City was a great place to visit for someone from out of town.
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For good reason the three most popular NPs in Utah are Zion, Bryce, and Arches. A loop drive to these three parks could in include very scenic Highway 12. The drive is about 950 miles, excluding detours.

Grand Teton NP and Yellowstone NP are about 800 miles round trip from Salt Lake City. It's pretty much a toss up. You can't go wrong which ever route you choose.

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Sorry, another good option is North Rim of Grand Canyon and Bryce and Zion on the return trip. That round-trip is about 1000 miles, too.

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I would stick with Myers last plan for the most part.

If you are happy camping, then I would camp at a couple of spots. Goblin Valley would be awesome and it does have showers. Goblin Valley is awesome at night. Stars are fantastic.

Capitol Reef is my least favorite park, but you could spend the night there in the campground. It is one of the prettiest campgrounds ever and you can eat all the apples you want for free, right in the orchards. These are very large orchards, btw. Apples I think would be "in season" about that time.

Arches, Zion,North rim, and Bryce all have nice looking campgrounds as well. Very few have showers though.

I don't think you could go wrong with either Yellowstone or any of the parks you choose in Utah. You could just head to Moab and spend the entire time there. There is a ton to do a each spot. Personally I wouldn't camp at Yellowstone. I would never sleep being afraid of bears.
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If you do Bryce and Zion, throw in the north rim of the Grand Canyon too. They are all within a fairly short distance of each other, can be done fairly quickly and are all very different from each other.

The north rim is very different from the south rim--less crowded, cooler--higher elevation, better canyon views IMO because of points that go out into the canyon with easy trails.
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