There are five National Parks in Utah: Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion, as well as numerous national monuments and state parks. All offer spectacular views in a semi-arid, desertlike climate and are characterized by soaring red rock formations and a wide variety of plant life. The contrast between the brilliant blue skies and the red rocks beneath, along with the blue-green sagebrush and yellow-flowered rabbit brush, creates dramatic, dazzling scenes. Yet the surrounding environment is peaceful and quiet, and is complemented by the fragrance of sagebrush under a hot sun or after a cooling rain. Southern Utah and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon offer an endless selection of vistas, and plant life, to paint, as do the extraordinary scenes in Yellowstone National Park.