Utah Travel Guide

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.

Top Tip: One of Fida's latest discoveries is the Corn Islands, off Nicaragua's northeastern coast.