Arches National Park
Arches and Canyonlands are two of America’s most stunning national parks. Neighbors on the Colorado Plateau, Arches and Canyonlands both feature incredible red rock landscapes yet each are strikingly different. The best time to visit Arches National Park is April-May and September-October. Arches National Park has the densest concentration of natural stone arches in the world. There are over 2,000 documented arches in the park, plus pinnacles, balanced rocks, fins and other geologic formations. The entire scenic drive is about 45 miles total (4-5 hour drive).
Park Entrance Fees
Admission to Arches National Park is good for seven days. You can come and go any time with your seven-day pass.
From April 3 through October 3 2022, Timed Entry Reservations will be required for entrance into the park.
Private Vehicle Fee – $30.00
Admits one private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all its occupants.
Motorcycle Fee – $25.00
Admits a private, non-commercial motorcycle and its riders.
Per Person – $15.00
Admits one individual with no car. Typically used for bicyclists, hikers, and pedestrians. Youth 15 and under are admitted free.
From stargazing under one of the darkest skies in the country to ranger-led hikes that unearth the geologic voodoo of hoodoos, the park’s signature rock stars, Bryce Canyon is one of the most unique destinations in Utah. Even if you just have time to spend 2-3 hours along the rim at the Amphitheater of Bryce, it is absolutely worth the visit and slight detour. The red rocks come from Iron-rich, limy sediments that were deposited in the beds of a series of lakes and streams. The best time to visit Bryce National Park is May through September. Not only does this period offer the warmest weather of the year, it also yields plenty of ranger activities. October through April offers its own charms, too.
Admits one private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants.
|Motorcycle||$30 per motorcycle|
|Per Person (Bicycle, Walk-in)
Admits one individual with no car to the monument – typically used for bicyclists and walk-ins. Youth 15 and under are admitted free.
anyonlands is the largest national park in Utah, and its diversity staggers the imagination. The easiest way to see the park is with a visit to the Island in the Sky district, only 32 miles (51.5 km) from Moab. The Island in the Sky offers many pullouts with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Hiking trails and four-wheel-drive roads access backcountry areas for day or overnight trips. Island in the Sky is the most accessible district in the park, nearest to a major city (Moab) and boasting a paved scenic drive with views of the surround buttes, fins and water-carved canyons, as well as numerous hikes. The Needles is less accessible, requiring more time, more strenuous hiking and four-wheel drive (or a decent boat ride) to reach its secret corners, but it provides incredible backcountry approaches into some of the most dazzling landscape on earth.
Capitol Reef’s scenery has not become quite as iconic as some of its neighbors, like Arches or Zion, but that’s not to suggest that the landscape is any less epic. Capitol Reef is located along a 100-mile waterpocket fold (basically a literal wrinkle in the earth’s crust), where years of erosion have caused the colorful rocks, called “reefs”, to be on display. The majority of park visitors come during May to September and are lowest in December through February.Entrance fees are charged March through October
Private Non-commercial Vehicle $ 10.00 (Seven Day Pass)
Individual Entry $ 4.00 (Seven Day Pass)
Individual Entry (bike, foot) $ 2.00 (Seven Day Pass)
Gold Access Passport (Blind or permanently disabled individuals) Free (Lifetime – good in all national parks)
Golden Age Passport (one time fee – for those 62+ years young) $ 10.00 (Lifetime – good in all national parks)
Golden Eagle Passport (good one year from date of purchase) $ 50.00 (good in all national parks)
Zion National Park is without a doubt one of the most beautiful national parks in all of America. Located in southwestern Utah it is famous for its massive Zion Canyon. The canyon walls are a stunning reddish color and the unique geography of the park makes it the ideal home for many species of animals. There is everything from stunning nature walks to guided horseback riding trips. While the park is open year-round some of these activities may be seasonal. If in doubt then the friendly rangers at the visitor centers at the Zion Canyon and the Kolob Canyon help visitors plan their stay when they get there. The best time to visit Zion National Park is between the months of April and November when the park’s free shuttles are running and the weather is comfortable.
Private Vehicle: $25
(14 passengers or less)
(For an individual entering by foot or bicycle)
(Non-Commercial vehicle with capacity of 15 or greater)
Individuals 15 years and younger: Free
National parks across the country will waive park entrance fees on these dates in 2022. Mark your calendars for these fee-free days:
Monday, January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Saturday, April 16 – First Day of National Park Week
Thursday, August 4 – First anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
Saturday, September 24 – National Public Lands Day
Friday, November 11 – Veterans Day