Residents from all over the world can agree one of the most desired tourist locations is the Grand Circle. Millions of people from across the globe come to visit the United States just to visit a few National Parks in the Grand Circle. Basically, the Grand Circle is a group of 12 National Parks that span across Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Grand Circle Parks in Utah
Arches National Park – This park received its name from the 2,000+ sandstone arches that reside within the park’s 18 mile radius. There are plenty of trails to hike and sights to see at this beautiful southeastern Utah Park.
Bryce Canyon National Park – Something just sets Bryce Canyon apart from the rest of the National Parks in Utah. There are literally thousands of stalagmite type structures that are each unique in their own way, and help create some of the most unbelievable views that one can experience looking at a natural monument.
Canyonlands National Park – The Canyonlands present a very abstract view from the outlook points across the park. Grand View Point which is estimated 30 miles from Moab, grants visitors of the park with a view that will blow them away, guests are able to look all around see almost every aspect of the park from this one peak.
Capitol Reef National Park – Hiking is big in Capitol Reef, which makes up for the fact that it isn’t the most beautiful sight to see in Utah when you have parks like Bryce Canyon and Zion nearby. However, there are still some great scenic drives to take and of course you can always get out and take part in the hiking experience.
Zion National Park – Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park both rival each other for being the best Utah NP, but the problem is these parks are just so different there really isn’t a whole lot to compare. Zion has some amazing hiking trails and viewpoints, as well as a beautiful scenery that changes from desert land to grassy areas at certain points.
Grand Circle Parks in Colorado
Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park – Sculpted by the Gunnison River, the Black Canyon is one of the most amazing sights in the United States. Not only does it offer up fantastic views, it’s a great place for thrill seekers, since it exposes visitors to some of the steepest cliffs in the world.
Mesa Verde National Park – Mesa Verde is like taking a step into ancient history unlike any other. Cliff Dewllings are the biggest attraction in Mesa Verde, these are guided tours showing off different areas of the park and explaining the history behind them.
Grand Circle Parks in New Mexico
Chaco Culture National Park – Most Puebloan culture-oriented areas are composed of different Cliff Dwellings, much like Mesa Verde. However, Chaco Culture differs in this aspect as it is actually a shallow canyon, which is cradling the ruins of ancient structures.
Pecos Nat’l Historical Park – Located in Sante Fe, this National Park gives it’s guests a look into an ancient culture and how life was lived a long time ago in this area.
Grand Circle Parks in Arizona
Grand Canyon National Park – Arguably the most beautiful natural monument in the entire world, the Grand Canyon is a major tourist attraction for people from all across the Globe. It obviously also had an impact on the name “Grand Circle” due to its overwhelming popularity, which is well deserved.
Petrified Forest National Park – Known for its historic Triassic fossils, the Petrified Forest is a must see for all Jurassic enthusiasts. Not only does it offer up great historical value about the dinosaur era, it also has some of the most unique rock formations found in the US.