Utah Promotes Visiting its Five National Parks This Summer

Monday, July 01 2013 07:05   Other NPs
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Summer is well underway and adventure is heating up at Utah's five national parks, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches, known as The Mighty 5.

Each of the five national parks in Utah, some of the most unique national parks in the West, offer a unique summer and fall visitor experience, but they can also be enjoyed together. With record visitation and a season full of events, the time is right to visit Utah.

bryce_canyonnphikers_uot"Our stunning national parks that comprise The Mighty Five are unique in the nation and showcase Utah's year-round recreational opportunities for travelers and businesspeople from around the world," said Gov. Gary R. Herbert. "As I've led trade missions internationally, we've found that business leaders not only come to Utah to play, they come to Utah to do business."

Utah is home to five national parks, but also boasts 43 state parks, seven national monuments, and two national recreation areas. Combined, Utah represents the best of both the Rocky Mountains and the Desert Southwest.

"The Mighty Five campaign is inspiring people from around the world to have a bucket list life experience by visiting one of our five national parks," said Vicki Varela, managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, Film, and Global Branding, an agency of the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED). "Everyone can experience our world famous red rock landscapes on their own terms, whether it's family fun, white water, biking, hiking or the solace of nature."

Visitation has continually increased at Utah's national parks, even in a down economy, thanks to a unique blend of tourism attractions, recreational diversity and nation-leading economic momentum. Utah has a six-year-running top ranking for economic outlook and competitiveness, and the $6.9 billion tourism industry and unrivaled outdoor and luxury accommodation assets are an important part of the state's continued success.

From the Bicknell International Film Festival near Capitol Reef and the Moab Music Festival to Southern Utah's "Dark Sky" status for stargazing and endless outdoor adventures throughout, now is the time to schedule a visit to the best of the American Southwest at Utah's five national parks, officials said.

Three, five, seven and 10-day itineraries to visit The Mighty Five parks can be found online at
www.visitutah.com/parks-monuments/mighty5/ .


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