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From mountain-biking on slickrock to hiking past dinosaur fossils, Utah has thrilling adventures for everyone. The world-class ski resorts of the Wasatch Mountains are a haven for those seeking perfect powder, and national parks such as Arches and Zion offer colorful geology lessons with natural arches, hoodoos, and mesas in brilliant ocher and red. History lovers can ponder petroglyphs made by the earliest inhabitants or explore the Mormons' pioneer past in Salt Lake City. At the end of the day's activities, a hot tub and plush bed await.

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Salt Lake City

Nestled at the foot of the rugged Wasatch Mountains and extending to the south shore of the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City is a small, navigable...

Park City and the Wasatch Back

The best-known areas of the Wasatch Mountains lie east of Salt Lake City. Up and over Parley's Canyon via I–80 you'll find the sophisticated...

Moab

When you first drive down Main Street, Moab’s commercial, downtown strip, you might not get the town’s appeal right away. The wide thoroughfare...

Bryce Canyon National Park

A land that captures the imagination and the heart, Bryce is a favorite among Utah's national parks. Although its splendor had been well known...

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is a natural kaleidoscopic feast for the eyes. Here, you are saturated in colors that are more dramatic than anywhere...

Ogden

As the Wasatch Front population continues to swell, it's harder to tell where Salt Lake City ends and the next major city, Ogden, begins. In...

Zion National Park

The walls of Zion Canyon soar more than 2,000 feet above the valley below, but it's the character, not the size, of the sandstone forms that...

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is truly four parks in one, but the majority of visitors drive through the panoramic vistas of Island in the Sky and barely venture...

Logan

Mormon pioneers created the permanent settlement of Logan in 1859, but the town didn't become prominent until 1888, when it was chosen as the...

St. George

Believing the mild year-round climate ideal for growing cotton, Brigham Young dispatched 309 LDS families in 1861 to found St. George. They...

Arches National Park

More than 1 million visitors come to Arches annually, drawn by the red rock landscape and its teasing wind- and water-carved rock formations...

Vernal

Vernal is the hub of Dinosaurland, mixing the region's ancient heritage with a certain kitschy charm—think down-home diners and giant dino statues...

Provo

With Mount Timpanogos to the east and Utah Lake to the west, Provo and the adjacent city of Orem make up one of the prettiest communities in...

Price

Thousands of visitors annually come to Price to look at Utah's prehistoric past in the Prehistoric Museum, USU Eastern. Like many Utah towns...

Heber Valley

Bounded by the Wasatch Mountains on the west and the rolling foothills of the Uinta Mountains on the east, the Heber Valley, including the towns...

Cedar City

Rich iron-ore deposits here grabbed Mormon leader Brigham Young's attention, and he ordered a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS...

Escalante

Though the Dominguez and Escalante expedition of 1776 came nowhere near this area, the town's name does honor the Spanish explorer. It was bestowed...

Upper Ogden Valley

Locals call it "the valley," as if it were the only valley in the world. It's sleepy and slow, and if it had sidewalks they'd roll them up early...

Little Cottonwood Canyon

Skiers have been singing the praises of Little Cottonwood Canyon since 1938, when the Alta Lifts Company pieced together a ski lift using parts...

Springdale

Springdale's growth has followed that of next-door neighbor and main attraction Zion National Park, the most popular park destination in Utah...

Brigham City

People passing through Brigham City are charmed by its sycamore-lined Main Street and old-fashioned downtown, but may not realize they are in...

Bear Lake State Park

Known for its vibrant blue water rivaling the Caribbean and Lake Tahoe in beauty, Bear Lake is a perfect summer destination offering swimming...

Big Cottonwood Canyon

The history of mining and skiing in Utah often go hand in hand, and that's certainly true of Big Cottonwood Canyon, with its adjacent ski resorts...

Kanab

Kanab is Hollywood's vision of the American West. Soaring vermilion sandstone cliffs and sagebrush flats with endless vistas have lured filmmakers...

Sundance Resort

As Thoreau had Walden Pond, so does Redford have Sundance. Lucky for the rest of us, the "Sundance Kid" shares his 5,000-acre bounty. Several...

Bluff

Bluff is a tiny but unexpectedly interesting town with a big personality, and it’s building a reputation for fun events. Like Moab, it doesn...

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

If you are standing in front of the Flaming Gorge or its reservoir with a crowd of people, you'll likely hear gasps and exclamations of surprise...

Brian Head

Brian Head Resort is Utah's southernmost and highest ski area, at well over 9,000 feet, but the area's summer recreation, especially mountain...

Torrey

The pretty little town of Torrey , just outside the Capitol Reef National Park, has lots of personality and dates back to the 1880s, when Mormon...

Green River

Named for the river that runs through town, Green River, Utah, and its namesake are historically important. Early Native Americans used the...

Blanding

For nearly the first 20 years of its life, this small place near the base of the Abajo and Henry mountains, was known as Grayson. This changed...

Boulder

That mail was delivered to Boulder by horse and mule until 1940 should give an idea of how out-of-the-way it is. (Highway 12 helps make it less...

Dinosaur National Monument

Dinomania rules at this 330-square-mile park that straddles the Utah–Colorado border. Although the main draws are obviously the ancient dinosaur...

Roosevelt

Roosevelt, a small town named for President Theodore Roosevelt, lies between blocks of the sovereign land of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation...

Panguitch

An elevation of 6,650 feet helps this town of 1,500 residents keep its cool. Main Street is lined with late-19th-century buildings, and its...

Mexican Hat

Tiny Mexican Hat lies on the north bank of the San Juan River. Named for a nearby rock formation, which you can't miss on the way into town...

Hurricane

There’s not much to see in Hurricane. Its main attraction is its proximity to Zion National Park, which is only about half an hour away. An...

Lake Powell

If you really want to get away from it all, the placid waters of Lake Powell allow you to depart the landed lifestyle and float away on your...

Antelope Island State Park

The best way to experience Great Salt Lake is a half-day excursion to Antelope Island, or longer if you like to hike. There’s no place in the...

Paria

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La Sal Mountains

Although Moab is best known for its slickrock desert, it's also the gateway to the second-highest mountain range in the state—the 12,000-foot...

Mount Carmel Junction

Little more than where Highway 9 meets U.S. 89, Mount Carmel Junction does offer some funky small-town lodging for those willing to stay about...

Monticello

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Golden Spike National Historic Site

Golden Spike National Historic Site offers a variety of activities in addition to the annual reenactment that celebrates the anniversary of...

Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Although visitors of all ages and abilities can find easy exploring in the canyons surrounding the Wasatch Front, Timpanogos Cave is suitable...

Lehi

One of the first towns settled in the Utah Valley, Lehi is home to Thanksgiving Point, a great place for the whole family to unwind, as well...

Natural Bridges National Monument

For so long the hidden gem of southeast Utah’s national parks and monuments, the secret is now out. The scenery and rock formations found in...

Hanksville

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Duchesne

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Salt Lake City

Nestled at the foot of the rugged Wasatch Mountains and extending to the south shore of the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City is a small, navigable...

Park City and the Wasatch Back

The best-known areas of the Wasatch Mountains lie east of Salt Lake City. Up and over Parley's Canyon via I–80 you'll find the sophisticated...

Moab

When you first drive down Main Street, Moab’s commercial, downtown strip, you might not get the town’s appeal right away. The wide thoroughfare...

Ogden

As the Wasatch Front population continues to swell, it's harder to tell where Salt Lake City ends and the next major city, Ogden, begins. In...

Logan

Mormon pioneers created the permanent settlement of Logan in 1859, but the town didn't become prominent until 1888, when it was chosen as the...

St. George

Believing the mild year-round climate ideal for growing cotton, Brigham Young dispatched 309 LDS families in 1861 to found St. George. They...

Vernal

Vernal is the hub of Dinosaurland, mixing the region's ancient heritage with a certain kitschy charm—think down-home diners and giant dino statues...

Provo

With Mount Timpanogos to the east and Utah Lake to the west, Provo and the adjacent city of Orem make up one of the prettiest communities in...

Price

Thousands of visitors annually come to Price to look at Utah's prehistoric past in the Prehistoric Museum, USU Eastern. Like many Utah towns...

Heber Valley

Bounded by the Wasatch Mountains on the west and the rolling foothills of the Uinta Mountains on the east, the Heber Valley, including the towns...

Escalante

Though the Dominguez and Escalante expedition of 1776 came nowhere near this area, the town's name does honor the Spanish explorer. It was bestowed...

Cedar City

Rich iron-ore deposits here grabbed Mormon leader Brigham Young's attention, and he ordered a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS...

Upper Ogden Valley

Locals call it "the valley," as if it were the only valley in the world. It's sleepy and slow, and if it had sidewalks they'd roll them up early...

Little Cottonwood Canyon

Skiers have been singing the praises of Little Cottonwood Canyon since 1938, when the Alta Lifts Company pieced together a ski lift using parts...

Springdale

Springdale's growth has followed that of next-door neighbor and main attraction Zion National Park, the most popular park destination in Utah...

Brigham City

People passing through Brigham City are charmed by its sycamore-lined Main Street and old-fashioned downtown, but may not realize they are in...

Sundance Resort

As Thoreau had Walden Pond, so does Redford have Sundance. Lucky for the rest of us, the "Sundance Kid" shares his 5,000-acre bounty. Several...

Kanab

Kanab is Hollywood's vision of the American West. Soaring vermilion sandstone cliffs and sagebrush flats with endless vistas have lured filmmakers...

Big Cottonwood Canyon

The history of mining and skiing in Utah often go hand in hand, and that's certainly true of Big Cottonwood Canyon, with its adjacent ski resorts...

Bluff

Bluff is a tiny but unexpectedly interesting town with a big personality, and it’s building a reputation for fun events. Like Moab, it doesn...

Torrey

The pretty little town of Torrey , just outside the Capitol Reef National Park, has lots of personality and dates back to the 1880s, when Mormon...

Brian Head

Brian Head Resort is Utah's southernmost and highest ski area, at well over 9,000 feet, but the area's summer recreation, especially mountain...

Green River

Named for the river that runs through town, Green River, Utah, and its namesake are historically important. Early Native Americans used the...

Panguitch

An elevation of 6,650 feet helps this town of 1,500 residents keep its cool. Main Street is lined with late-19th-century buildings, and its...

Roosevelt

Roosevelt, a small town named for President Theodore Roosevelt, lies between blocks of the sovereign land of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation...

Blanding

For nearly the first 20 years of its life, this small place near the base of the Abajo and Henry mountains, was known as Grayson. This changed...

Boulder

That mail was delivered to Boulder by horse and mule until 1940 should give an idea of how out-of-the-way it is. (Highway 12 helps make it less...

Mexican Hat

Tiny Mexican Hat lies on the north bank of the San Juan River. Named for a nearby rock formation, which you can't miss on the way into town...

Hurricane

There’s not much to see in Hurricane. Its main attraction is its proximity to Zion National Park, which is only about half an hour away. An...

Lake Powell

If you really want to get away from it all, the placid waters of Lake Powell allow you to depart the landed lifestyle and float away on your...

Paria

...

Mount Carmel Junction

Little more than where Highway 9 meets U.S. 89, Mount Carmel Junction does offer some funky small-town lodging for those willing to stay about...

La Sal Mountains

Although Moab is best known for its slickrock desert, it's also the gateway to the second-highest mountain range in the state—the 12,000-foot...

Monticello

...

Golden Spike National Historic Site

Golden Spike National Historic Site offers a variety of activities in addition to the annual reenactment that celebrates the anniversary of...

Lehi

One of the first towns settled in the Utah Valley, Lehi is home to Thanksgiving Point, a great place for the whole family to unwind, as well...

Duchesne

...

Hanksville

...

Helper

...

Park City and the Southern Wasatch

The Wasatch Range shares the same desert climate as the Great Basin, which it rims, but these craggy peaks rising to more than 11,000 feet stall...

Southwestern Utah

Towering cliffs, dramatic canyons, and awe-inspiring rock formations define much of this region’s appeal, but as the seasons change stunning...

North of Salt Lake City

When most people think of Utah, they picture the red-rock crags and canyons of the south, but the north, with its cattail marshes and pasturelands...

Moab and Southeastern Utah

Southeastern Utah—especially Moab—is full of converts, and not so much in a religious sense. These are people formerly of suburbs or cities...

Dinosaurland and Eastern Utah

The rugged beauty of Utah's northeastern corner, wedged neatly between Wyoming to the north and Colorado to the east, is the reward for those...

Side Trips from Salt Lake City

The skiing is top notch and plentiful just under an hour outside of Salt Lake City at the many resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons...

Outside Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is a bit off the beaten path, often a side trip for those who visit Zion National Park to the southwest, and far from major roads...

Outside Capitol Reef National Park

Probably the best home base for exploring the park, the pretty town of Torrey, just outside the park, has lots of personality. Giant old cottonwood...

Outside Zion National Park

Hotels, restaurants, and shops keep popping up in Springdale, population 529, on the southern boundary of Zion National Park, yet the town...

Outside Arches National Park

Moab is the primary gateway to both Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Don’t let its outsize image and status as Grand County seat fool...

Mirror Lake Scenic Byway

Although the Wasatch may be Utah's best-known mountain range, the Uinta Mountains, the only major east–west mountain range in the United States...

Outside Canyonlands National Park

Moab is the major gateway to both Arches and Canyonlands national parks, with the most outfitters, shops, and lodging options of the area....

Bryce Canyon National Park

A land that captures the imagination and the heart, Bryce is a favorite among Utah's national parks. Although its splendor had been well known...

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is a natural kaleidoscopic feast for the eyes. Here, you are saturated in colors that are more dramatic than anywhere...

Zion National Park

The walls of Zion Canyon soar more than 2,000 feet above the valley below, but it's the character, not the size, of the sandstone forms that...

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is truly four parks in one, but the majority of visitors drive through the panoramic vistas of Island in the Sky and barely venture...

Arches National Park

More than 1 million visitors come to Arches annually, drawn by the red rock landscape and its teasing wind- and water-carved rock formations...

Bear Lake State Park

Known for its vibrant blue water rivaling the Caribbean and Lake Tahoe in beauty, Bear Lake is a perfect summer destination offering swimming...

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

If you are standing in front of the Flaming Gorge or its reservoir with a crowd of people, you'll likely hear gasps and exclamations of surprise...

Dinosaur National Monument

Dinomania rules at this 330-square-mile park that straddles the Utah–Colorado border. Although the main draws are obviously the ancient dinosaur...

Antelope Island State Park

The best way to experience Great Salt Lake is a half-day excursion to Antelope Island, or longer if you like to hike. There’s no place in the...

Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Although visitors of all ages and abilities can find easy exploring in the canyons surrounding the Wasatch Front, Timpanogos Cave is suitable...

Natural Bridges National Monument

For so long the hidden gem of southeast Utah’s national parks and monuments, the secret is now out. The scenery and rock formations found in...

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