Towering sandstones in different shapes, sizes and formations — these scenic views are identified with the state of Utah. Southern Utah in particular is a field with scenic views such as snow-capped mountains, stone arches, waterways and monuments.
In fact, it is an ideal place to visit when you are with your family and with kids of various age groups, try river rafting, hiking, mountain biking and four wheeling around southern Utah. Camping, boating and horseback riding can also be experienced if you visit one of the many national parks in the area. Here are suggested places you must visit with your family:
Southern Utah is mainly known for its numerous national parks. These national parks boast of massive buttes, mesas, geologic amphitheaters, red rock fortresses, historic fruit orchards, sandstone walls and a river landscape. Monument Valley, in particular, is perhaps the most popular and the most photographed scenery in Utah because of its exposure in various Hollywood films.
- Arches National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Capitol Reef National Park
- Zion National Park
- Monument Valley
Among the many activities you can do within the monuments are photography, sightseeing, hiking, camping, nature study and picnicking. Some of these monuments house skiing and snowboarding resorts. Although most of these monuments can be reached by foot, some are accessible by boat or on horseback.
- Cedar Breaks
- Grand Staircase Escalante
- Rainbow Bridge
- Natural Bridges
- Glen Canyon / Lake Powell
The beautiful southern Utah Mountains were formed from igneous materials that are known to be resistant to erosion. Hike your way to the peak and bask in the beauty of the Colorado plateau and the surrounding canyons. Make sure to bring a camera with you so you can capture the captivating view from the top.
- Abajo Mountains (Blue Mountains)
- La Sal Mountains
When it comes to accommodations, Cedar City, Moab and St. George, offers numerous hotels, inns, motels, condos, bed and breakfasts and various other lodging. Food and dining is not a problem as there are many kid-friendly restaurants in these three major cities. For instance, many St George Restaurants serve pizza, burgers, fries, sandwiches, subs, hot dogs, smoothies, ice cream, cakes and desserts.
Most family-friendly restaurants serve American, Asian, Chinese, Italian, Southwestern, European and Mexican cuisines. These cities also offer numerous shopping sites, entertainment area and night life. Southern Utah is indeed a land of beauty. A day is simply not enough to enjoy its luscious scenery and rich culture.