- 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.
FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
The top 25 places we think should be on every traveler's radar this year.More