KLYMIT'S UTAH NATIONAL PARKS HANDBOOK

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

When you think of Utah, you probably think of Arches National Park. The Delicate Arch image welcomes you into the state on major highways, and it is on many license plates statewide. It’s the classic Utah National Park with many sites to offer: arches, spines, towers and slot canyons.

Take a classic drive through the park to see the sites or grab your Stash 18 to take simple hikes to arch viewpoints.

Established:
1971

Known For:
Highest density of arches in the world

Location:
Eastern Utah, 235 miles from Salt Lake City Airport

Nearest city:
Moab, Utah (5 miles)

Size:
119 square miles

Classic sites to see:
Delicate Arch
Landscape Arch
Balanced Rock
Devil’s Garden
Fiery Furnace

Camping in park:
Devils Garden Campground

Recommended Klymit Gear:
Static V Luxe
KSB 20 Degree Sleeping Bag
Pillow XL
Cross Canyon Tents
Stash 18

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK 

Canyonlands and Arches are just 25 miles apart, but have so much to offer individually. While Canyonlands hikes are plentiful, if you have a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle, you can explore so much more of this National Park.

Canyonlands is split into four distinct districts that offer different feels and terrain:
Island in the Sky
The Maze
The Needles
Horseshoe Canyon

So sit back, grab your Drift PIllow, and take in the wild ride into Canyonlands’ red rock maze.

Established:
1964

Location:
Eastern Utah
245 miles from Salt Lake City Airport

Known For:
4-Wheel Drive roads through vast red rock terrain

Nearest city:
Moab, Utah (30 miles)

Size:
527 square miles

Classic sites to see:
Elephant Hill
Roadside Ruin
Green River Overlook
White Rim Road (4-wheel drive)

Camping in park:
Island in the Sky (Willow Flat) Campground
The Needles Campground

Recommended Klymit Gear:
Drift Pillow
Insulated Static V Lite
KSB 35 Degree Sleeping Bag
Cross Canyon Tents


CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK  

Capitol Reef is an overlooked Utah National Park gem. Centrally located near Torrey, Utah, the park is far away from major cities, which offers a secluded feel. Not only can you get amazing views of the night sky, but you can also hike on top of red rock rims, over slick rock, through washes, and more.

Not only is there a campground and multiple primitive campgrounds, you can also explore the National Park with an extensive backcountry trail system. Pack up your Motion 60, and get ready for an adventure tucked away in the Utah wilderness.

Established:
1971

Location:
South Central Utah
218 miles from Salt Lake City Airport

Known For:
Great Milky Way and Night Sky Views

Nearest city:
Torrey ( 4 miles)
Fruita (7 miles)

Size:
378 square miles

Classic sites to see:
Goosenecks
Grand Wash
Cassidy Arch
Fruit orchards

Camping in park:
Fruita Campground
Cathedral Valley Primitive Campground
Cedar Mesa Primitive Campground
Backpacking trails (Must get free permits)

Recommended Klymit Gear:
Motion 60
Insulated V Ultralite SL 
Versa Blanket
X Pillow
Maxfield 2 Tent

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Bryce Canyon is small and lesser known, but it is bizarre. The good kind. Drive through the park for views of hoodoo-filled amphitheaters at the top of the Grand Staircase of Utah. At elevation levels from 8,000 to 9,000, you get amazing red and orange rock views, sometimes contrasting with white snow late fall to early spring. .

Grab your Bryce Canyon Blanket and easily drive back into the park with viewpoints along the way, or take hikes down into the hoodoos for a closer look. Peep through windows and arches, and stand under large towers to make you feel small.

Established:
1928

Location:
Southern Utah
273 miles from Salt Lake City Airport

Known For:
Largest collection of hoodoos in the world

Nearest city:
Bryce, Utah (1 Mile)

Size:
55.98 square miles

Classic sites to see:
Inspiration Point
Queen’s Garden
Rim Trail
Natural Bridge

Camping in park:
Sunset Campground

Recommended Klymit Gear:
Bryce Canyon National Park Blanket
Insulated Static V Luxe
Luxe Pillow
KSB Hybrid 20 Degree Sleeping Bag
Cross Canyon Tents

ZION NATIONAL PARK

While Delicate Arch is the face of Utah, we can’t forget the first Utah National Park: Zion. With two sections, the Zion Canyon and Kolob Canyon, you will be able to explore tall red rock walls and a surprising amount of greenery in the most- southern National Park in Utah.

Stock up your Splash 25 with drinking water, snacks, and some sturdy hiking shoes, to head into the stunning canyons of Zion.

Established:
1919

Location:
Southern Utah
313 miles from Salt Lake airport

Known For:
Being Utah’s First National Park

Nearest city:
Springdale, Utah (1 mile)

Size:
229 square miles

Classic sites to see:
Zion - Mount Carmel Highway Tunnel
Angels Landing
The Grotto
The Narrows

Camping in park:
Lava Point Campground
South Campground
Watchman Campground

Recommended Klymit Gear:
Splash 25
Static V
Luxe Pillow
KSB 35 Sleeping Bag
Maxfield 4 Tent

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Utah has the 3rd most National Parks out of all the United States, and while all offer beautiful red rock, they all make you feel like you are on a totally different planet.

When visiting National Parks, remember to leave no trace. This includes paying attention to closures in the park, staying on trail to preserve precious biological soil, and packing out trash in your bag.

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