Color Country: Southwestern Utah

Written by on June 1, 2014 in UT Attractions - Comments Off on Color Country: Southwestern Utah

Southwestern Utah, also known as color country, has some of the most spectacular scenic spots in the United States. So what makes the area so colorful? Zion, Bryce, Grand Staircase-Escalante and all the other great spots in the area owe their beauty to wind and rain. Layers and layers of rocks have been exposed by weathering. The soaring spires, pinnacles, and canyon walls of these sites are formed from Kaibab limestone, the Chinle, Moenave and Kayenta formations, and let us not forget the Navajo sandstone layer to name just a few. Each layer is a different color, banding the rock formations in breathtaking layers of earth tones from pinks to orange, buff to cream, red to brown. Since all of the sites in southwestern Utah sit at different elevations, different rock formations and coloring are exposed.

Over the years, See the Southwest has written about most of the locations in the area. Summer is a good time to travel, we thought we’d remind you of all the great things to see and do in the color country of southwestern Utah.

Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Paria Canyon
Capitol Reef National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Snow Canyon State Park
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

And while you are in the area …
Grand Canyon National Park – North Rim

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