Utah has more protected national parks and public lands than any other state in the Lower 48, including California. But even with so much to see, you can take in much of Utah's great outdoors within a few hours’ drive – definitely not the case in larger states.
That high concentration of National Parks, National Monuments and State Parks explains Utah's popularity as an outdoor destination for both domestic and international visitors. When someone says “there’s so much to see and do here,” that’s not hyperbole. And if you widen your scope to both central and northern Utah – in addition to the iconic ‘Mighty 5’ (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion National Parks) in the southern region – you can loop in lesser-known areas that would likely be National Parks in any other state.
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