Utah is a state in the south west with a variety of terrain, ranging from arid deserts to pine forests and mountain valleys.
I hired a car from Las Vegas and drove to several National Parks & State Parks namely: Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.
The Wave, Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness
A mesmerizing trail of colorful red sandstone that crosses the Utah/Arizona border, the Wave is a popular sought-after hike with a highly competitive permit process (maybe one of the most competitive in the US). While the odds might not be in your favor, those that are lucky enough to score one of the 20 daily permits will find solitude while they are exploring the remarkable patterns and landscapes that make up the Wave.
The highway US 89 skirts the southern edge of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. A roadside pull-off will lead you to the Toadstool Hoodoos, otherworldly formations eroded from the rock by wind, rain, and snow.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
A nature preserve immortalised by many cowboys movies, the sandstone buttes of Monument Valley are an iconic landscape of the American Wild Wild West. It's Navajo territory, a tribe of Native Americans who lived in that area for centuries, enduring harsh climate, and surviving slave raids by the Spaniards and white Americans, as well as attacks by other Indian tribes. A 17-mile-long dirt road through the preserve provides the best views over the most famous buttes.
Kanab is a classic American West town, surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs and vistas of sagebrush. This scenery has lured filmmakers to Kanab for nearly 80 years. Abandoned film sets near town have become tourist attractions. The buildings all over town have plenty of movie posters and autographed photos to support Kanab's self-proclaimed title, "Little Hollywood."