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Things to do in Southern Utah + The Parks

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Southern Utah + The Parks. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Southern Utah + The Parks attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Southern Utah + The Parks to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Southern Utah + The Parks.

  • Bryce Canyon National Park

    About 250 miles northeast of Las Vegas, the famed canyon boasts unusual spindly hoodoo rock formations and yellow and lavender canyons. More
  • Capitol Reef National Park

    Capitol Reef was established around a massive, 100-mile-long wrinkle in the earth’s crust called the Waterpocket Fold (the “reef” in the park name)... More
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument

    Visit the gorgeous 2,000-foot-deep gorge. More
  • Coyote Gulch Art Village at Kayenta

    Four galleries, a pottery studio, an arboretum, and more make up the property. Painter Gina Jrel and sculptor Quinn are standouts at Juniper Sky Fi... More
  • Escalante Canyon Outfitters

  • Moab Adventure Center

  • Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness

  • Peek-a-boo Gulch

    Do you fear being in narrow or enclosed spaces? This route in the Utah desert, near Escalante, is a claustrophobe’s worst nightmare. Peek-a-boo Gul... More
  • Poison Spider Bicycles

    Moab is the perfect base for exploring the rugged beauty of southern Utah. Bring your mountain bike or rent one at this shop and head to the 12-mil... More
  • Sagestone Spa & Salon

    Red Mountain Spa has added 12 residential villas (from $540,000) to its 55-acre crimson desert setting for those who find a week of pampering is ju... More
  • Skinwalker Ranch

    The Mystery: Its name may be a tongue-in-cheek twist on filmmaker George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch, but this 480-acre compound in northeastern Utah i... More
  • Snow Canyon State Park

    Should Zion ever get overrun (and it does), this park is a much better kept secret. The kid-friendly, two-mile round-trip Butterfly Trail brings yo... More
  • St. George, Utah

    The roughly 10-block, self-guided walking tour features mid-1800’s Mormon sites such as Brigham Young’s winter residence and the 1876 Tabernacle. More
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival

    Between July and October, the city hosts the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival; check out a production in the town’s authentic replica o... More
  • Zion National Park

    Head to Zion National Park’s Visitor Center at the Zion Canyons entrance, where you can get oriented, and board the shuttle that goes into the stun... More

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