National Parks and Forests

You could spend a lifetime exploring the natural beauty and geologic wonders of southern Utah. The San Rafael Swell is a hidden gem away from the crowds but there are plenty of more well known places in the vicinity that are amazing. These are within a few hours drive of the San Rafael Swell.

Arches National Park

Over 2,000 natural stone arches as well as other amazing landforms.

Canyonlands National Park

Amazing canyons and buttes carved by the Colorado River.

Capitol Reef National Park

Explore the geologic wonders of the Waterpocket Fold and learn about the historic settlements of the area.

Fishlake National Forest

You can cool off with a trip to the mountains in the Fishlake National Forest. Things to see include Fishlake, a popular large alpine lake, and nearby to the shores of Fishlake is "Pando", a clonal stand of aspens, considered to be the heaviest single living organism on earth.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Over 1.2 million acres of water and land based recreation, including Lake Powell. A very popular boating area.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The massive area encompassed by the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has plenty of recreational opportunities and great scenic beauty.

Manti-La Sal National Forest

Mountains, meadows and canyons await in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. There are various areas near the San Rafael Swell.

Natural Bridges National Monument

Utah's first National Monument. There are three fascinating natural stone bridges.