Utah puts the ART in Earth. These incredible rock formations will leave you wondering, "How is this possible?"

By Megan Boettcher
April 22, 2016
Red Canyon Overlook Flaming Gorge
Photo courtesy of Tom Till and Travel Utah.

The Red Canyon Overlook of the Flaming Gorge is breathtaking. Absolutely breathtaking. If you're into fishing, you'll want to head back down to the water as the Flaming Gorge is also home to record-breaking trout.

2. Thor's Hammer

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Bryce Canyon National Park has an abundance of a rock formation called hoodoos. Hoodoos are tall skinny spires of rock that protrude from the ground. One of the more famous hoodoos is a totem-pole like formation called Thor's Hammer.

3. Angel Arch and Molar Rock

Angel Arch and Molar Rock
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Canyonlands National Park is gorgeous in all its natural glory. To preserve the delicate formations, the park is not as easily accessible as some other national parks. If you're able to do some backpacking or take a bumpy 4x4 tour deep into the park, you'll see amazing formations such as the Angel Arch and Molar Rock.

4. Mesa Arch

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This iconic arch perfectly frames the rugged and vast landscape beyond. You could easily snap a picture of the famous Mesa Arch. The hike is only 0.6 miles, round trip.

5. Delicate Arch

Hikers stand under Delicate Arch - Arches Natioanl Park
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Arches National Park has the densest concentration of natural stone arches. There are more than 2,000 in the park, including Delicate Arch. Delicate Arch is often used as a symbol for Utah, but you can't appreciate its majestic wonder until you see it, study it, wonder at it.

6. Temples of the Sun and Moon

Temples of the Sun and Moon
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Within the Capitol Reef National Park you can drive through the Cathedral Valley (if weather permits) to view the striking Temples of the Sun and Moon. These monolithic wonders are mesmerizing.

7. The Narrows

Family Hiking in the Narrows - Zion National Park
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One of the most popular hikes in Zion National Park, the Narrows route can be adjusted to fit any ability level. Casual hikers start from the bottom and go as far as they chose and return. Serious backpackers can start from the top and complete a 16-mile trek. Plan to spend about half of the hike in ankle-to-knee-deep water, but there are a few spots where it gets deeper.

8. Owachomo Bridge

Natural Bridges National Monument
Photo Courtesy of Matt Morgan and Travel Utah.

Natural Bridges National Monument is composed of three natural bridges. The Owachomo Bridge is the smallest, most fragile, and most elegant of the three. All three bridges are remarkable examples of the power of erosion.


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