Utah’s Back Country

Roads? Where we're going, she doesn't need roads…Contributor Jackie Olexa is your Sherpa through the “Grand Circle,” an unofficial designation for the massive land area encompassing vast swaths of five southwestern states: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. The Circle contains America's largest concentration of national parks and monuments, interconnected only by designated Scenic Byways and rugged backcountry roads, and is the site of iconic destinations such as Zion, Bryce and Arches. But beyond the sea of summer tourist stops is an ocean of lesser-known magical landscapes, accessible only by roads less traveled.

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