- One great gorge The most jaw-dropping spot in northeastern Utah is the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. The deep-blue water under the gorge’s reddish, steep walls is a serene place for fishing and boating, and the surrounding open space makes for good camping and hiking.
- Dino-mite Come to Dinosaur National Monument to see the famous dinosaur fossils or just to explore some truly remote country. For the most exciting introduction to the monument, take a guided river-rafting trip through it.
- Ancient art The cliffs near Vernal and Price are striking not only for their interesting rock formations, but also for voluminous displays of ancient petroglyphs and pictographs, drawn once upon a time by members of the Fremont tribe.
- Bike Vernal In the last decade almost 200 miles of former cow trails around Vernal have been converted for use by mountain bikes. The sport is still getting a foothold in the area, so that means the paths are often blissfully empty—for now.
- Alone in the swell The San Rafael Swell is one of the least crowded spots in a region that’s already known for its sparse population. If you’re looking for solitude while hiking, biking, and boating, these miles of domed rock might be exactly what you need.
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