10 Must Visit Places In Utah
With a number of recreational areas, national parks and monuments, fun towns, Georges, lakes, islands, Utah is a playground for those who love doing outdoor activities. Utah is surrounded by desert to the south and mountains to the north and the state is home to many geological wonders. You will find unique rock formations, majestic mountains sitting above rolling hills, gulches, canyons, salt flats and much more. Here are the 10 Must Visit Places In Utah among its range of beautiful places.
1. Zion National Park & La Verkin Creek:
Zion means “heavenly mountain”, and the Park definitely stands up to its name. Zion National Park is the most popular and oldest national park in Utah. Apart from the famous Zion Canyon red cliffs, the park is home to slot canyons, colourful sandstone cliffs, towers, monoliths, rivers, and waterfalls. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive will take you to many scenic forest trails along the fast and unpredictable Virgin River, the Emerald Pools with spectacular waterfalls and natural hanging gardens and much more. The La Verkin Creek is located in the Kolob Canyons, northwest of the Zion National Park. The La Verkin Creek offers many trails, waterfalls and much more. The city of St. George’s is also close to the national park and you can also visit the Snow Canyon State Park from here.
2. Bryce Canyon National Park:
Bryce Canyon National Park is best known for its unique shaped rock formations known as hoodoos. Sometimes referred to as a ‘forest of stone’ or ‘cave without a roof,’ Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the top places to visit in Utah. the red, orange and white hoodoos of the park are magnificent. Another park that is also known for the thousands of hoodoos is the Goblin Valley, State Park. The hoodoos resembling the appearance of Goblins is also a great thing to see in Utah.
3. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument:
Located in southern Utah, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is divided into three sections: the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau, and the Canyons of the Escalante and all of them have a unique characteristic. These colourful geological formations are unique and decorated by running streams and steep waterfalls.
4. Capitol Reef National Park:
Located in Utah’s south-central desert, Capitol Reef National Park was home to the Native Americans from the 11th century to the 13th century. The park is best known for the Waterpocket Fold which shows layers of golden sandstone, canyons and striking rock formations. You should see the Chimney Rock pillar, the Hickman Bridge arch, and Capitol Reef and the Cathedral Valley.
5. The Great Salt Lake & Antelope Island:
The Great Salt Lake is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere, and the 75 miles long and 35 miles wide lake is also the eighth-largest terminal lake in the world. The lake is spread over a number of flat basins and it’s all that remains from the last ice age lake, Lake Bonneville. The lake is too salty for fish, only some algae and brine shrimp can live in it. Antelope Island is the largest of 10 islands located within the Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City and Davis County. The island is home to many wild species such as bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep and antelope.
6. Lake Powell & Glen Canyon National Recreation Area:
Lake Powell along with the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and lower Cataract Canyon sits at the border of Utah and Arizona. Most of Lake Powell with the Rainbow Bridge National Monument is located in Utah. Lake Powell is a major tourists destination in Utah, visited by around two million people every year. It is the second-largest man-made reservoir in the States. There is a lot to do in this area including kayaking in the clear blue water of the lake.
7. Alpine Loop & Timpanogos Cave National Monument:
The scenic driveway of Alpine Loop will take you to many beautiful sites through alpine canyons. From the glacier-topped Mount Timpanogos to the Timpanogos Cave National Monument to the Cascade Springs, you can reach many famous places from here. The Timpanogos Cave National Monument which protects the cave system on Mount Timpanogos can be accessed from here. You can also visit the Sundance Mountain Resort near Provo.
8. Moab / Arches National Park / Canyonlands National Park / Dead Horse Point State Park:
Moab is the closest town to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. This region is a paradise for adventure lovers. From mountain biking to hiking to camping, you will find a lot of things to do here. The iconic red rock formations and stone arches of Canyonlands and Arches National Park are among the most popular places to visit in Utah. These geological wonders are the result of millions of years of erosion, deposition, and other geological events. You can also find activities to do in the Colorado River.
9. Park City and nearby Ski Resorts:
The mountain town of Park City is home to a number of great ski resorts. The Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Utah Olympic Park are great places to get active in the town. You can also attend the annual Sundance Film Festival which is held here in January. Surrounded by mountains and covered in snow, Park City is a beautiful place to visit in Utah.
10. Salt Lake City / Temple Square / Bonneville Salt Flats:
The capital and also the largest city in Utah, Salt Lake City is one of the must-visit places in this state. The city is best known as the home of the Mormon Church and the 2002 Winter Olympics and the Temple Square. The city is situated between the Oquirrh Mountains and the Wasatch Range. Temple Square located within the city is an iconic site and home to the Beehive House, Church History Museum, Family History Library, Salt Lake Temple, Tabernacle and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Bonneville Salt Flats is 90 minutes west of Salt Lake City. This flat land during certain times of the year, this area becomes the world’s fastest racecourse.