The Grand Circle

April 14, 2011, 11:22 am

by James Rattigan

The Grand Circle encompasses the most beautiful terrain and resources of five states - Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. It contains the largest concentration of national parks and monuments, all linked together by an impressive system of scenic byways. The beautiful terrain and close proximity make Grand Circle the ultimate destination for those seeking an outdoor adventure of unrivaled proportions.

The best times to visit are in the spring and fall when temperatures are favorable. Keep in my mind that dramatic elevation changes affect temperature and that the day/night temperature can vary by 30 degrees. When traveling, be prepared for all weather conditions.

The Grand Circle is home to 12 national parks and 29 scenic byways traversing the massive southwest and its beautiful landscape. Explore places like the Grand Staircase,a series of colorful cliffs stretching from Bryce Canyon to the Grand Canyon. The bottom layer of rock at Bryce Canyon is the top layer at Zion National Park, and the bottom layer at Zion is the top layer at the Grand Canyon.

Transportation to major cities around the Grand Circle is easy, with major airlines servicing cities throughout the region. The scenic byways are great ways to travel by car, allowing you to explore the stunning terrain while you travel. For more information check the resource below.

The Grand Circle: All you need to know about traveling, exploring, and staying in and around the Grand Circle.

Image: Cedar Breaks National Monument. Source: NPS