Utah isn’t short of natural wonders. From sprawling deserts to snow-capped mountains to lush forests, the state practically has it all. This makes it the perfect destination for outdoor adventurers. Below are just some of the top outdoor adventures to try in Utah.
Take a paddle in Great Salt Lake
Utah’s Great Salt Lake is the largest US lake west of the Mississippi. If you’re looking for a fun way to explore this lake, it could be worth renting a kayak and paddling along the coast. There are also boat trips that you can take to reach scenic spots such as Antelope Island and hiking routes around the coast that can allow you to see sights like Spiral Jetty. Spring and Autumn are some of the best seasons to visit the lake – the waters are likely to be calmer and it’s a popular time to spot migratory birds that come to feed on the brine shrimp and flies.
Go canyoneering near Moab
If you’re eager to explore the canyonlands of Utah, Moab is the best city to base your exploration from. From here you can take trips to see the various rock formations, rapids and waterfalls of Canyonlands National Park. The slot canyon tours in Moab, Utah are very popular – these tours can allow you to hike, scramble and rappel your way around the canyons. Arches National Park is also worth visiting from Moab and contains some similarly impressive rock formations such as the famous Delicate Arch.
Take a drive out to Monument Valley
Located on the Arizona-Utah state line, Monument Valley is one of the most iconic rock formations in the world. Used in the backdrop of many Hollywood Westerns, it’s the sight most people think of when they imagine the wild west. There are guided tours that you can take that allow you to find the best photo locations. Alternatively, you can hire/bring your own car and plan your own route around Monument Valley. Those staying near the border can even jump state and try some of the attractions of Arizona from here.
Go angling in Fish Lake National Forest
This green oasis in Utah is known for its aspen forests and spectacular lakes, as well as its array of wildlife ranging from elk to bears. It’s a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers – but is particularly renowned for its fishing opportunities. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a fishing newbie, it’s a great place to try your hand at the sport. Yellow perch and rainbow trout are some of the most prized catches.
Get your skis on in Park City
You can also go skiing in Utah. Park City Mountain Resort is located 32 miles east of Salt Lake City and contains over 7500 acres of piste. It’s known for having some fairly challenging runs including training courses used by the US ski team, however, it also has a good balance of runs aimed at beginners and intermediate skiers. It’s possible to stay at this resort and take excursions to other sights within the state such as the canyons and the Great Salt Lake.
**Post contributed by peer adventure lover, Claudia Williams, who is currently road tripping the Western U.S.**