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UTAH NORTHERN – NATIONAL PARKS & MONUMENTS

Travel back in time hundreds of millions of years to explore the fascinating formations of Timpanogos Cave National
Monument or the fossilized remains of the land’s ancient inhabitants at Dinosaur National Monument. Explore the cool waters of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area or see how Golden Spike National Historic Site marks the point where railroad First united the coasts of a growing, young nation. Timpanogos and Golden Spike are easy stops along Utah’s Wasatch Front corridor while the prolific fossil digs of Dinosaur and trophy fishing of Flaming Gorge form an ideal separate itinerary in eastern Utah.


A large loop drive through the alpine northern part of the state can connect all four sites, as well multiple stops on the
Mormon Pioneer and Pony Express national historic trails. Salt Lake City is the primary gateway to Utah’s national sites as
well as Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

NEED TO KNOW
• Visitor center open daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day)
• Enjoy auto tours and hike the Big Fill Loop Trail
• Locomotive demonstrations most days, May 1 to mid-October (see nps.gov for schedule)
• Leashed pets welcome except in visitor center From Salt Lake City (1.5 hours) I-15 > S.R. 83 > Golden Spike Dr. From Logan (1 hour) S.R. 30 > I-15 > I-84 > S.R. 102 > Golden Spike Dr.

WHERE TO STAY
Brigham City is a primary gateway to Golden Spike. The city sits on Utah’s Famous Fruit Way, U.S. 89, and celebrates
Peach Days in September. There are hotels, RV parks and developed campsites near Brigham City and Mantua and dispersed camping on the Ogden and Logan ranger districts of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

WHAT’S NEARBY
• Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty earth art
• Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
• Kayaking and Fishing at Willard Bay

MORE INFORMATION
visitutah.com/golden-spike | 435-471-2209

TIMPANOGOS CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT

NEED TO KNOW

• Visitor center and caves, no pets
• Mid-May to early September reserve tickets up to 30 days ahead
• 1.5 mile paved, strenuous hike + 55-minute tour
• Purchase tickets at 877-444-6777 or visit recreation.gov

• From Salt Lake City (45 minutes) I-15 > S.R. 92 (Alpine Loop)

• From Provo (30 minutes) I-15/U.S. 89 > S.R. 146 > S.R. 92

WHERE TO STAY

Mount Timpanogos is the scenic backdrop to the populous Utah Valley, filled with hotels, museums and intriguing local dining. Camp at Utah Lake State Park or at private campgrounds and RV parks and at developed and dispersed camping up American Fork Canyon in the Pleasant Grove Ranger District.

WHAT’S NEARBY

• Year-round outdoor recreation of Provo Canyon
• Skiing, dining and arts of Sundance Mountain Resort
• Fishing and boating at Utah Lake State Park

MORE INFORMATION

visitutah.com/timpanogos-cave | 801-756-5239

FLAMING GORGE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

NEED TO KNOW

• Fee areas around the entire lake
• Visitor center open daily
• Leashed pets in campgrounds, picnic area and trailheads
• Campground fees vary by location: recreation.gov
• Trophy trout Fishing, boating, parasailing and camping

• From Salt Lake City (3.75 hours) I-15 > I-80 > I-84 > WY-414 > S.R. 43/44 > S.R. 191
• From Grand Teton National Park (4.5 hours) WY-390 > U.S. 189 > U.S. 191

WHERE TO STAY

Look for lodging in gateway towns of Manila and Dutch John. Comfortable rooms, cabins, and campgrounds encircle the area, ranging from cabins with on-site recreation near the lake or rustic destinations on Forest Service roads in the nearby Uinta Mountains.

WHAT’S NEARBY

• Ashley National Forest camping and trails
• Green River rafting and trout Fishing
• Fly-Fishing and birding
• Historic Browns Park

MORE INFORMATION

visitutah.com/flaming-gorge | 435-784-3445

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT

NEED TO KNOW

• Dinosaur fossils are on Utah side of the park
• Camping, reservations recommended
• Monument open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day
• Visitor center and quarry hours vary by season
• Leashed pets permitted on some trails

From Salt Lake City (3.5 hours) I-15 > I-80 > U.S. 189 > U.S. 40
From Moab (4 hours) U.S. 191 > I-70 > CO-139 > CO-64 > U.S. 40

WHERE TO STAY

Look for accommodations and supplies in nearby Vernal. Tent and RV camping in the monument along the Green and Yampa rivers, or tent camp in remote backcounty. Check the park’s schedule for night sky programs at the Split Mountain Campground as well as other ranger-led discovery hikes in the Quarry Area on the Utah side of the monument.

WHAT’S NEARBY

• Utah Field House of Natural History in Vernal
• Dinosaur tracks, camping, boating at Red Fleet State Park
• Fishing, camping and boating at Steinaker State Park

MORE INFORMATION

visitutah.com/dinosaur | 435-781-7700 | nps.gov/dino

EXPLORE ITINERARY IDEAS:
visitutah.com/itineraries

Frequently Asked Questions About Utah

Q. What is Utah is famous for?

A – Utah is known for having some of the best skiing in the country, and the mountains near Salt Lake City receive an average of 500 inches of snow per year. During the 19th century many Mormons settled in Utah, and today approximately 60 percent of state’s residents are members of the church.

Q. Where is the ghetto in Utah?

A – Report this adDetailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In Utah

CityRankPopulation
South Salt Lake124,315
Riverdale28,532
Sunset35,145
Moab45,105

Q. Is Utah a good place to live?

A – Thanks to the low housing cost, low cost of living, low crime rate, great skiing, and beautiful landscape, Utah is emerging as an attractive state. The state has the 4th highest population growth rate. … In 2018, the population grew by 52,664 people, an annual growth rate of 1.69%.

Q. What foods is Utah famous for?

A – These 8 Iconic Foods in Utah Will Have Your Mouth Watering

  • Utah Scones. Wally Gobetz/flickr.
  • Bear Lake Raspberries. Sea Turtle/flickr.
  • Fernwood Mint Sandwiches. Fernwood Candy.
  • Utah Tomatoes. THOR/flickr.
  • Pastrami Burgers. Bill Walsh/flickr.
  • Ice Cream Shakes. Ruairí/flickr.
  • Green Jello. FraserElliot/flickr.
  • Utah Corn.

Q. What is a person from Utah called?

A – People who live in Utah are called Utahns and Utahans.

Q. Where can I go on a road trip in Utah?

A – 8 Must-Do Adventures On Your Utah Road Trip

  • Hike to Bell Canyon’s Waterfall. Photo: Eric Bennett.
  • Camp by the Spiral Jetty. Photo: Prajit Ravindran.
  • Backpack Mount Timpanogos. Photo: Lindsay Daniels.
  • Take a Dip at Fifth Water Hot Springs.
  • Hike Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park.
  • Camp in Goblin Valley.
  • Hike Through Wire Pass Slot Canyon.
  • Night Hike to Calf Creek Falls.

Q. What is the best month to visit Utah?

A – Moderate crowds and temperatures in AprilMay and SeptemberOctober make these months the best time to visit Utah and its national parks. Spring boasts active wildlife and blooming flowers. Pleasant fall wraps Utah in colorful foliage along the scenic drives.

Q. What are the five major national parks in Utah?

A – Utah’s National Parks

  • Arches National Park. Moab, UT.
  • Bryce Canyon National ParkBryce, UT.
  • Canyonlands National Park. Moab, UT.
  • Capitol Reef National Park. Torrey, UT.
  • Zion National Park. Springdale, UT.

Q. How do I plan a road trip to Utah?

A – Mighty 5 Road Trip Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive in Salt Lake City, drive to Moab.
  2. Day 2: Arches National Park.
  3. Day 3: Canyonlands National Park.
  4. Day 4: Drive to Capitol Reef, visit Capitol Reef, sleep in Torrey or near Bryce Canyon.
  5. Day 5: Bryce Canyon, drive to Zion, sleep in Springdale.
  6. Day 6: Zion National Park.

Q. How many days should you spend at Zion National Park?

A – If you answered mostly A’s: You’re going to need a bit more time to explore. We suggest you plan at least 5-7 days for your trip to Zion National Park. If you’re an avid hiker, take your time visiting popular (and strenuous) day hikes such as Angels Landing, Zion Narrows Day Hike, and Observation Point Trail.

Q. What is the most visited national park in Utah?

A – 1. Zion National ParkZion is one of the most visited parks in the United States and one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Southwest.

Q. How many days do you need to see Utah national parks?

A – When planning a Utah national parks itinerary, it’s easy to get conflicting advice about how much time to allow for your adventure. One comment in an online travel forum stresses you need at least 12-14 days to hit all the parks, while Google articles advise how to visit Utah’s Mighty 5 in five days.

Q. How far is Zion from Salt Lake City?

A – Zion National Park is located 300 miles (4.5-hour-drive) from Salt Lake City. Most of the drive is along Interstate 15, which has some beautiful sights and attractions along the way. Rather than racing from Salt Lake City to Zion as quickly as possible, slow down and enjoy the drive.

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