You'd be hard pressed to find a more epic road trip destination than Utah. A drive through the state’s five surreally beautiful national parks, collectively nicknamed the Mighty Five, unfolds as a progression of theatrical cliffs, otherworldly sandstone formations and neverending panoramas.

Photographer Sean Pollock takes us on a journey to two of the lesser-visited Mighty Five parks. We begin in Canyonlands, Utah’s largest national park, which is divided into four separate districts by the picturesque Colorado River and its tributaries. From there, we head down the road to Arches, a more accessible park known for its 2,000 sandstone arches, to discover even more dreamlike landscapes.

Getting There

Canyonlands and Arches national parks are best explored by car. Delta offers nonstop, 4-hour flights from Toronto to Salt Lake City. From there, it’s a 3.5-hour drive to Moab, the gateway to the two parks. It’s also possible to fly directly to Moab but rates are typically higher compared to flights into Salt Lake City.