Springdale: The Center of Scenic America

Mar 10, 2014

Here’s a Challenge:

Find a map of the United States and draw a circle at a scale representing a 100 mile radius. Keep drawing circles all over the map until you find one that contains the following:

  • 15 locations administered by the National Park Service, including 2 of the nation’s top 10 most visited National Parks
  • 3 National Forests
  • 8 very popular State Parks
  • 2 National Conservation Areas
  • A world-class collection of 1000 year old petroglyphs

If that sounds difficult, perhaps this will make it a little easier: place the center of your circle over Springdale, Utah.

Incredible, isn’t it? No place on Earth offers more scenic wonders within a 100 mile radius. Simply put, Springdale isn’t just the hub of Zion National Park — it’s the center of the largest collection of scenic wonders in the world.

So what does that mean for you and your family? It means that on your next vacation to Springdale / Zion, you can pack your days full of adventure, your photo collection full of stunning images, and your brain full of life-long memories. With all that “packing” to do, isn’t it nice to know that you only have to unpack once?

Make Springdale the center of your vacation and you’ll only have to unpack your bags one time. It will make all that trouble with the map and the circles seem well worth the effort!


  1. Zion National Park
  2. Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim)
  3. Bryce Canyon National Park
  4. Capital Reef National Park
  5. Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim)
  6. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell)
  7. Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  8. Parashant National Monument
  9. Pipe Springs National Monument
  10. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
  11. Grand Staircase / Escalante National Monument
  12. Cedar Breaks National Monument
  13. Rainbow Bridge National Monument
  14. Grand Canyon West (administered by the Hualapai Indian Tribe)
  15. Toroweap Overlook (Grand Canyon)
  16. Navajo National Monument
  17. Fishlake National Forest
  18. Dixie National Forest
  19. Kaibab National Forest
  20. Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
  21. Beaver Dam National Conservation Area
  22. Snow Canyon State Park (UT)
  23. Gunlock Reservoir State Park (UT)
  24. Quail Creek Reservoir State Park (UT)
  25. Sand Hollow Reservoir State Park (UT)
  26. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park (UT)
  27. Kodachrome Basin State Park (UT)
  28. Anasazi State Park (UT)
  29. Valley of Fire State Park (NV)
  30. Parawan Gap Petroglyph Preserve


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