Treasure of the West
Utah takes pride in its "Mighty Five" national parks, and rightly so. Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion are American treasures, beloved by people the world over. But these iconic national parks only contain a fraction of the state's natural splendor and history. In the south, the dramatic red-rock treasures of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments harbor thousands of fossils, ancient ruins and remnants of Native American rock art. In the north, the High Uintas boast the state's highest peaks and forests woven with hundreds of miles of hiking and horseback-riding trails. These and other wonders are cherished by Native American tribes, outdoor recreation lovers and small businesses that rely on tourism to the area.
Despite its unique and beautiful lands, Utah is also the site of a contentious political tradition that has seen the state's own leaders working to strip protections from special public lands and open them up to mining, drilling and other exploitation.
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