Driving Distance From Salt Lake City to National Parks

How to Access National Parks From Salt Lake City

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Salt Lake City is surrounded by some of the country's most iconic parks. In just a short time, you can travel from a busy city to a deserted canyon deep in the earth's crust. See how long it will take for your next getaway now!

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Arches National Park

Delicate Arch
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Distance: 244 miles
Approximate time: 4 hours, 40 minutes

Arches contains some of the country’s most amazing natural wonders—mammoth rocks and arches formed from erosion. Perhaps one of the most important facts about Arches is that the park is constantly evolving. In the past 18 years, two major collapses have occurred: A major piece of Landscape Arch in 1991, and Wall Arch in 2008. Both serve as reminders that these structures will not last forever—all the more reason to visit soon.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Distance: 357 miles
Approximate time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

This 27,705-acre Colorado park draws fewer than 180,000 visitors per year, making it one of the ​least-visited national parks in the U.S. national park system. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths visible here.

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Bryce Canyon National Park

USA, Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park, Elevated view of canyon rock formations in morning light
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Distance: 273 miles
Approximate time: 4 hours, 38 minutes

No other national park showcases what natural erosion can build than Bryce Canyon National Park. Giant sandstone creations, known as hoodoos, attract more than one million visitors annually. Many take to the trails choosing hiking and horseback riding to get an up-close-and-personal look at stunning fluted walls and sculptured pinnacles.

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park
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Distance: 254 miles
Approximate time: 4 hours, 59 minutes

In this geological wonderland, rocks, spires, and mesas dominate the heart of the Colorado Plateau cut by canyons of the Green and Colorado rivers. Petroglyphs left by Indians hundreds of years ago are also present. The Colorado and Green rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves. While the districts share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration and the study of natural and cultural history.

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
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Distance: 235 miles
Approximate time: 4 hours, 28 minutes

The 241,904-acre park in south-central Utah draws more than half a million visitors per year. It protects the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long warp in the Earth's crust, as well as the unique historical and cultural history of the area.

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Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim)

The Transept, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park
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Distance: 392 miles
Approximate time: 7 hours, 21 minutes

About five million people visit Grand Canyon National Park each year and it comes as no surprise why. The main attraction, Grand Canyon, is a mammoth gorge stretching 277 miles showcasing amazing depths of colorful geology. It boasts some of the nation’s cleanest air and a great deal of the park’s 1,904 square miles are maintained as wilderness. Visitors cannot help but be blown away by stunning views from almost any vantage point.

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Grand Teton National Park

Bison in the Tetons
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Distance: 316 miles
Approximate time: 5 hours, 53 minutes

With the magnificent Teton Range as a backdrop, this park is one of the most uniquely beautiful spots in the United States. Towering more than a mile above the valley known as Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton rises to 13,770 feet above sea level.

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Great Basin National Park

Early morning light illuminates Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park.
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Distance: 248 miles
Approximate time: 5 hours, 5 minutes

This 77,180-acre Nevada park draws only about 80,000 visitors a year, making it one of the least visited of the US national parks. Among its natural features are streams, lakes, abundant wildlife, a variety of forest types including groves of ancient bristlecone pines, and numerous limestone caverns, including Lehman Caves.

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Mesa Verde National Park

USA, Colorado, Montezuma, Palace and Mesa Verde National Park
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Distance: 372 miles
Approximate time: 7 hours, 6 minutes

Mesa Verde, Spanish for "green table," offers a unique opportunity to see and experience 700 years of history. From approximately A.D. 600 through A.D. 1300 people lived and flourished in communities throughout the area.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Sunrise at Loch Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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Distance: 505 miles
Approximate time: 8 hours, 40 minutes

Peaks towering more than 14,000 feet shadow wildlife, wildflowers, lakes, and forests in these 415 square miles of the Rockies. This park is most well known for its large animals, particularly elk and bighorn sheep, but also offers opportunities to view a variety of other wildlife as well.

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Yellowstone National Park

Hot Spring in Yellowstone
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Distance: 352 miles
Approximate time: 6 hours, 3 minutes

Mixing geothermal activity with the natural world of the Wild West, Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park exemplifies iconic Americana. Established in 1872, it was our country's first national park and helped establish the importance of protecting the United State's natural wonders and wild places.

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Zion National Park

The Watchman, Zion National Park, Utah
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Distance: 309 miles
Approximate time: 5 hours, 2 minutes

Located in Utah's high plateau county, the Virgin River has carved a gorge so deep that sunlight rarely reaches the bottom! The canyon is wide and completely stunning with sheer cliffs dropping some 3,000 feet. Weathered sandstone shines red and white, and creates amazing sculptured rocks, cliffs, peaks, and hanging valleys.

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