With all the different scenic spots and activities you can try in the southern part of Utah, you can just choose which sights to visit. If you want to have a day trip, here are some of the best spots that you have to see.
Anasazi Indian Village State Park
One of the oldest scenic spots, the Anasazi Indian Village State Park dates back to 1050 AD when Kayenta Anasazi and Fremont settled in that particular area where there were about 200 people who initially lived there. This is considered to be one of the biggest Anasazi communities that you can find in the western part of the Colorado River. To enjoy this park, you can find it in Boulder Scenic byway 12 and it is open all year round.
Capitol Reef National Park
The Capital Reef National Park covers up to 240,000 acres of land. Known for its amazing red sandstone cliffs with beautiful domes and spires, the Native Americans call this place as the Land of the Sleeping Rainbow. At the Capitol Reef National Park, there are so many things that you can see. You can witness the Waterpocket fold which runs about 186 miles which is said to have formed more than 65 million years ago. Capitol Reef National Park is found on the Eastern part of Torrey.
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
The Escalante Petrified Forest State Park offers huge varieties of petrified wood and even dinosaur fossils. The park is located about 1 mile west of Escalante located on Scenic Byway 12. As you go through the area, you can see the hiking trails which give you information and details about these ancient wood and bones. What is nice with this park is that it is open all throughout the year.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Covering a large area of amazing rock formations, beautiful cliffs, sandstone canyons and plateaus, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument covers about 2 million acres. In September 1996, it became a national monument. You can find dirt roads that are quite difficult to pass through especially when it is wet and you may have to use 4 wheel drive. To experience the beauty of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, you can call the Interagency Office for more information and details.
Kodachrome Basin State Park
Kodachrome Basin State Park is located at the southern part of Cannonville. It is open all year around with comfortable temperature and a semi-desert type of climate. Tourists are recommended to visit the place during spring as you get to see wildflowers and cacti. During winter, you can experience the snow as the ice covered spires. Kodachrome Basin State Park is popular among camp goers. It has rest rooms and hot showers available all throughout the year.
Included in Zion’s National Park is the Kolob Canyon which can be found at the western mount of the national park. To get to know more about what this scenic spot has to offer, you can go to the visitor center which can be accessed from the Interstate 15 Exit 22. This is about 20 minutes north of St. George. At Kolob Canyon, there are tons of enjoyable activities that you can do. From hiking to witnessing wildlife, this spot gives you picturesque views of the red rock formations-The Kolob Finger. Driving time from St. George will just take you about 20 mins.
Known to be second biggest man-made lake in the country is Lake Powell. It has about 1,960 mi. of shoreline which is considered to be a bigger length of the United States west coast. Nestled by red sandstone cliffs with the blue lake, it is a haven for artists and tourists. In fact, the lake features 250 sq. miles of water recreation. This is the place where you can enjoy various water recreation activities like boat riding, swimming, jet skiing, water skiing and even fishing. You will get to enjoy other activities like river trips and boat tours. You may also want to see Lake Powell from atop with scenic flights. The lake is located at the east of Kanab 90 miles. Tourists and locals can find various restaurants and accommodations.
North Rim of the Grand Canyon
North Rim of the Grand Canyon showcases the natural beauty of aspen forests and pine. It is a vast area that covers about 640,000 acres of the Kaibab Plateau. What is nice is that there are various viewpoints where you can enjoy scenic views of the Grand Canyon. Are you looking for the best views? The best spot is the one from the lodge. Grand Canyon North Rim is about 45 miles south of Jacob Lake and it would take you 3 hours from St. George.
Pipe Spring Monument
In 1923, Pipe Springs Monument became a national monument and was categorized as the “memorial of western pioneer life”. The place is located at the Kaibab Indian Reservation and it is just a 25 mi. drive via the United States Highway 89A and the Arizona Highway 380. At Pipe Springs Monument, you can enjoy Winsor Castle tours for about one and a half hours. For more information, you can access the website www.nps.gov/pisp.
Scenic Byway 12
A 120-mile long stretch through Highway 12, Scenic Byway 12 is at the center of the Bryce Canyon Country which includes the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Travelers can enjoy the trip as they drive through the paved roads and enjoy the scenic byways. In fact, it is considered to be one of the best scenic byways by Car and Driver Magazine. Scenic Byway 12 features beautiful canyons, slick rock, crystal clear lakes and lush greenery of forest against the mountain backdrop that rises to about 9600 ft. above sea level.