If you love spending time outdoors, regardless of the activity, Utah has it. In fact, it’s hard to argue that the continental United States has a state that is better suited for outdoor adventures. In this article, we’ll give you a list of places to start your plans with!
Climbing, Camping, and Hiking
The first thing that probably comes to mind when you think Utah involves the national parks. Utah sports five different national parks, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon. You can also experience amazing canyoneering in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument area. Last but not least, the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City aren’t just good for winter skiing! While you could easily spend weeks in each area, we’ve given you six spots to start with!
-Angels Landing in Zion.
-Delicate Arch in Arches.
-Neon Canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante.
-Fisher Towers in Castle Valley.
-Riggs Springs Loop in Bryce Canyon.
-Beach Camping at Lake Powell.
Is a day on a boat or fishing is more your speed? No problem, Utah has you covered. The Great Salt lake is the largest body of water west of the Great Lakes and is home to a great sailing community. If you’d rather go to a freshwater lake, Utah lake also provides great sailing and is minutes from Provo.
For those not looking to sail the rivers in the national parks provide great rafting, kayaking, and canoeing opportunities. The Glen Canyon stretch of the Colorado river is not for the faint of heart but provides amazing white-water rafting. A slightly calmer experience can be had floating down around the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in the north-eastern part of the state.
Anglers nationwide have heard of the trout of Green river. This is one of the best fishing spots in the Flaming Gorge Dam area for good reason. This is a good spot for first-time fishers as guides are easy to find.
It is said that Utah is home to the “Greatest Snow on Earth”. The powder is plentiful and so are the resorts. The more famous places like Park City Resort can be quite expensive, but hidden gems like Cherry Peak and Eagle Valley can be experienced for under $50 a day. In total, Utah has 14 resorts, so take your time and research the benefits and drawbacks of each for your perfect day.
If you need more to do we’ve got you covered. Here are four activities that don’t quite fit into the other categories but are definitely worth your time.
– Birding at Bear River Migratory.
– Paragliding at Flight Park State.
– ATVing at Coral Pink Sand Dunes.
– Racing in either Moab or on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
While this is a great start to your Utah adventures, it’s nowhere near a complete list. Some of the best spots in Utah simply need to be found while exploring!