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Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Might Five National Parks in Utah

Summer in Southern Utah Showcases the Best of the Utah Office of Tourism's "The Mighty 5™"
Utah’s five national parks combine iconic landscapes with unique culture and adventure. A calendar full of events and extraordinary outdoor recreation opportunities make summer and fall ideal seasons to visit one, or all, of Utah's unparalleled national parks.

According to nps.gov, "The Narrows, with its soaring walls, sandstone grottos, natural springs, and hanging gardens can be an unforgettable wilderness experience."
“Our stunning national parks that comprise The Mighty Five are unique in the nation and showcase Utah’s year-round recreational opportunities for travelers and businesspeople from around the world,” said Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert.

Summer has officially started and adventure is heating up at Utah’s five national parks, known as The Mighty 5™. Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks each offer a unique summer and fall visitor experience, but they can also be enjoyed together, as highlighted in the Utah Office of Tourism’s The Mighty 5™ advertising campaign. With record visitation and a season full of events, the time is right to visit Utah. The Mighty 5™, whether visiting one or all five, offer life experiences like no other in the world.

“Our stunning national parks that comprise The Mighty Five are unique in the nation and showcase Utah’s year-round recreational opportunities for travelers and businesspeople from around the world,” said Governor Gary R. Herbert. “As I’ve led trade missions internationally, we’ve found that business leaders not only come to Utah to play, they come to Utah to do business.”

Utah is home to five national parks, but also boasts 43 state parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and The Greatest Snow on Earth®. Combined, Utah represents the best of both the Rocky Mountains and the Desert Southwest. Utah has it all — holding true to Utah’s Life Elevated® brand.

“The Mighty Five campaign is inspiring people from around the world to have a bucket list life experience by visiting one of our five national parks,” said Vicki Varela, managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, Film, and Global Branding, an agency of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). “Everyone can experience our world famous red rock landscapes on their own terms, whether it’s family fun, white water, biking, hiking or the solace of nature.”
Visitation has continually increased at Utah’s national parks, even in a down economy, thanks to a unique blend of tourism attractions, recreational diversity and nation-leading economic momentum. In fact, Utah has a six-year-running top ranking for economic outlook and competitiveness, and the $6.9 billion tourism industry and unrivaled outdoor and luxury accommodation assets are an important part of the state’s continued success.

From the Bicknell International Film Festival near Capitol Reef and the Moab Music Festival to Southern Utah’s “Dark Sky” status for stargazing and endless outdoor adventures throughout, now is the time to schedule a visit to the best of the American Southwest at Utah’s five national parks.
All that is not to mention the internationally acclaimed Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, which kicked off its 52nd season June 24th.

Three, five, seven and ten-day itineraries to visit The Mighty 5™ parks can be found online at http://www.visitutah.com/parks-monuments/mighty5/.

Editor’s note: This release is the beginning of a series that will individually highlight each park’s upcoming attractions and travel opportunities.