The home of the world’s first transcontinental railroad, which is now known as the Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah is a home of firsts. It is also the site of the nations first departmental store and the location of the world’s largest natural rock span- the Rainbow Bridge. Standing at 278 feet wide and 309 feet high, it is nature’s abstract sculpture carved of solid sandstone. Utah is a place which is filled with an average of 500 inches of snow, which results in alpine ski resorts. If you are planning on taking a trip to the ski slopes, then there are cabins for rent in Utah to stay in. Moreover, its peaks with an average of 11,222 ft in each county is the tallest in the country.
In a place which is perfect for spending holidays, let us find out what else one can do in Utah and visit apart from just skiing on the slopes:
- Arches National Park: Located just outside Moab, a town well-known by mountain bikers and outdoor adventurers, it is home to more than 2,000 natural stone arches, stunning stone arches and rolling petrified dunes, all of which are often backed by the snow-capped peaks of the La Sal Mountains; all of it makes this one of the most panoramic parks of Utah. Do check out the Delicate Arch, which stands like a horseshoe jutting out of the ground. Hikers can rejoice as there are numerous walking trails which lead to various interesting rock formations and popular arches. If you would much rather go for a drive, then many of the main highlights can be seen during it since the park is considerably higher than the town and has to be reached via winding roads. But do make sure to pay a visit to the Windows, Broken Arch, Fiery Furnace, Double Arch, Devil’s Garden and Sandstone Arch for sure.
- Zion National Park: A hiker’s paradise, this park features some of Utah’s most outstanding scenery with waterfalls, red rock cliffs and beautiful vistas. Less than a three-hour drive from Las Vegas. The park’s most attractive features are in the Zion Canyon along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. There is a tour bus, which takes visitors through the park for sightseeing and stops at all the major trailheads and sites. The best part is realized during winters when you will be able to drive in your own vehicle along this route which will be filled with magnificent vistas. If you are interested in hikes then going for the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway will be a good call. Here you will be able to enjoy everything from cliff-side trails to simple walks along the valley floor. There are quality campgrounds and RV parks in and near Zion National Park as well if you want to truly experience the outdoors. Pro tip: Go for the Angel’s Landing trail if you want a real challenge
- Monument Valley: Located on the Navajo Indian Reservation in southeastern Utah, near the Arizona border. The Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park looks just like a scene from an old western film with a horse and riders wandering by along red rock buttes which rise up from the red orange desert floor. The best place for a drive is the Valley Drive, which is a 17 mile, one way, self drive dirt road that runs through a dramatic landscape. Beyond this, a guide is necessary for further exploration. But we would recommend to go to the Monument Valley Visitor Center, because the view from there is just spectacular.
- Canyonlands National Park: Known as Utah’s version of the Grand Canyon, the park here has three sections, but the main sections which are the most popular amongst tourists is the Island in the Sky. Here you will be able to enjoy beautiful panoramic views over carved canyons and beyond to the snow-capped mountains. The other two sections of the park are the Needles District and The Maze which are more remote. The main attraction here is a beautiful stone arch called Mesa Arch. Pro tip: come here during the early morning hours or late afternoon to see it from a window to the buttes, canyons and the landscape below.
- Bryce Canyon National Park: Located at an elevation of 8,000 to over 9,000 feet, the stone pillars which fill this park glow in the shades of orange, cream, pink and cinnamon. They got up from the floor of a massive natural amphitheatre, creating a magical landscape. These brightly colored and tightly packed hoodoos that dominate the landscape at Bryce Canyon are what sets this national park apart from the rest. As with others, there is a scenic drive which runs through the park, but hikers will find the trails enjoyable and this way you will also be able to better appreciate all these formations. Pro tip: the best time to visit is from April to October as even the summers can be cold here.
- Homestead Crate: Hiking gets tiring pretty fast so how about taking a dip and going for scuba diving or swimming in Homestead Crater? Privately owned, this caldera is situated in Midway, Utah. A natural geothermal spring, this is covered by a 55 feet tall dome made of limestone. At almost 400 feet wide, the water in the crater pool is almost 65 feet deep. It is also the only warm water diving site in the continental US.
- Bear Lake: This is a natural freshwater lake, located on the border between Utah and Idaho and covers an area of approximately 109 square miles. This Caribbean of the Rockies is over 250,000 years old and is home to various species which are only native to this land. If you are looking for a spot for fishing, sailing or jet skiing then this is the place to arrive at.
Utah is the perfect place to bring family and friends inside and enjoy the cold while huddled up inside the cabins at night and going for various adventure sports during the day.