This article about GRAND National Parks and Monuments is sponsored by Ken Garff West Valley.
What Grand National Park or Monument Will You Drive To?
Utah is an amazing jumping-off point for some of the most beautiful GRAND national parks and monuments. Here are 3 GRAND national parks and monuments you can visit in your brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee! Where will you visit first?
Grand Teton National Park
This mountainous national park is home to the Teton Mountain Range. It’s only a little under 5 hours to drive there. Grand Teton National Park features over 200 miles of hiking trails and some of the most breathtaking views in the world. Make sure to stop by the Jackson Lake Lodge for some of those views. Then grab a bite to eat at one of the lodge’s 3 restaurants. Plus, what makes this park that much cooler is that it’s only a 9-minute drive north to enter into the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Grand Canyon National Park
If you are like a lot of people in Utah, Grand Canyon National Park might still be on your bucket list. If you haven’t visited before you really should. But do your research beforehand. The park and the canyon are huge, so depending on where you want to go, it might either about 6 hours drive time or up to a little over 8 hours. The South Rim is going to have the most stunning views that you’ve seen in movies and photos. The North Rim is much quieter but also more remote. And West Grand Canyon is where you will find the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park is named for the natural plateaus that gradually step down from Bryce Canyon to the north to the Grand Canyon to the south. The monument is split into three separate parts: Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits Plateau, and the Canyons of Escalante. Just remember, as opposed to a national park, national monuments are preservation areas. This means you pack in and pack out everything. There are some amazing hiking and off-road trails though. just make sure you plan ahead.