Utah Travel Guide
With its rugged and diverse landscape, Utah offers a wild playground for adventure seekers. Whether hiking, biking, climbing, skiing or white water rafting, there are so many things to do in Utah.
One of the most authentic way to explore the dramatic scenery is on foot and hiking one of the 12 National Parks will offer breathtaking views and scenery that will stun even the most seasoned hikers. From jagged canyons in Zion Park, to the vast desert in Monument Valley to the imposing stone arches in the aptly named Arches National Park, the hiking possibilities are never-ending and ever changing.
Wondering what to do in Utah during the winter? With 14 ski resorts Utah boasts “the Greatest snow on Earth”. From the family friendly Wolf Mountain to the steep peaks of Snowbird and Alta, Utah has ski resorts from everyone.
Other things to do in Utah include visiting the Clark Planetarium or the Natural History Museum in Salt Lake City, celeb spotting at Sundance Film Festival in January or road tripping through the scenic byways. With so many outdoor pursuits you could spend decades finishing a list of what to do in Utah.
During late spring and summer, crowds are a fact of life here, but these guides can steer you through the lesser-known hikes.
Pack a picnic (sans alcohol) for an alfresco concert at this 2,000-seat amphitheater, surrounded by the cliffs of Zion National Park.
For a grand tour, make the 18-mile drive to the point, stopping at the park’s 13 spectacular viewpoints along the way back. Take the 23-mile Under-the-Rim Trail between Bryce and Rainbow Point, with eight backcountry campsites (you’ll need a permit).
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 Gulch is a slot canyon and a popular hike in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that cuts through sandstone bedrock as a narrow slit.
Four galleries, a pottery studio, an arboretum, and more make up the property. Painter Gina Jrel and sculptor Quinn are standouts at Juniper Sky Fine Art Gallery, while Gallery 873 has distinctive metalwork. Take a break beneath the round skylight at the adobe Xetava café.
The 85 miles from Monticello to Monument Valley pass by ancient pueblos set against a spectacular sandstone backdrop. On the way, visit the Butler Wash Indian Ruin cliff dwelling (off Highway 95), a lesser-known alternative to Colorado's Mesa Verde.
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