Recreation Areas and Lakes in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada

View nearby Lake Powell and Lake Mead as well as recreation areas, state parks, and national forests.

Snow Canyon State Park hikers in Utah.

7 Utah State Parks Near the Grand Canyon

While visiting the Grand Canyon, consider a stop at one of 7 state parks within a day’s drive. See goblins, spires, sand dunes, and twisting rivers. Read More...

Monument Valley

9 Rocky Views Surrounding the Grand Canyon

A Canyon vacation is a bit of a road trip. Be sure to stop and see other natural monuments, hoodoos, arches, natural bridges and caverns in the area. Read More...

Lake Powell

Arizona Lakes near the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a land of big lakes including Lake Mead, Lake Powell, and Lake Havasu. Read More...

RV camping at Flying Dutchman State Park in Arizona. Courtesy photo

Arizona State Parks

Visit Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, right in the heart of Flagstaff, and Homolovi State Park, just outside of Winslow. Read More...

Lees Ferry - Mile 0 for rafting in the Grand Canyon

Drive to the Colorado River via Lees Ferry

Lees Ferry: Drive to the banks of the Colorado River Read More...

Be in four states at one time at the Four Corners Monument.

Four Corners – Where 4 States Meet Near Grand Canyon

Attractions at the Four Corners area – where Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico meet – including many national parks and monuments. Read More...

Arch in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Situated in northern Arizona and southern Utah, Glen Canyon is a protected and managed designated recreational playground. Read More...

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Formed by Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake in the U.S. Star features are its 2 reservoirs: Lake Mead & Lake Mojave. Read More...

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park. Photo by George H.H. Huey, Alamy, courtesy of Mesa Verde Country

Mesa Verde National Park and 3 Nearby Hidden Gems

Explore ancient cliffside communities inside the park. Then venture out to the surrounding archaeological sites, farm-to-table restaurants, and vineyards. Read More...

View from Hunts Mesa in Monument Valley at the Arizona-Utah border.

Monument Valley at the Arizona-Utah Border

Located on the Arizona-Utah border near the Four Corners region, lies sandstone buttes on an iconic stretch of land in the Navajo Indian Nation. Read More...

National Monuments All Around

National Monuments in surrounding states Read More...

Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly National Monument

National Monuments Near the Grand Canyon

Experience the culture and history and wonder of the great state of Arizona by exploring other National Monuments. Parashant designated as having Flawless Skies from the International Dark Sky Association. Read More...

Sunset at Almstron Point on Lake Powell in Arizona

Page, Arizona and Lake Powell

With its turquoise waters and lively boating scene on Lake Powell, Page, Ariz. is your oasis in the desert. Don’t miss these three attractions nearby. Read More...

Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park in Eastern Arizona

Home to fossils 200 million years old, some of the largest concentrations of petrified wood, “painted desert” badlands, and archeological sites. Read More...

Panoramic of Horseshoe Bend in Arizona

Photo Op: Horseshoe Bend Near Grand Canyon

One of the most photographed sites in Arizona, Horseshoe Bend is definitely worth seeing and a convenient stop if you are traveling between Grand Canyon’s rims. Read More...

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Rivers in the Grand Canyon Region

So many river options on a hot day in the Grand Canyon! Read More...

Saguaro National Park in Arizona

Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona

Located in the Sonoran desert, Saguaro National Park protects some of the most impressive forests of giant saguaro. Read More...

Zion Subway. Photo by Whit Richardson

Utah National Parks

Head north from the Grand Canyon to explore one of Utah’s five national parks – Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion, and Bryce Read More...