Sunset at Balanced Rock in Arches National Park
Hiking at Cedar Breaks National Monument near Cedar City
Hiking along the Pioneer Names Trail in Snow Canyon State Park
Stunning views of rugged canyons at Zion National Park
Visiting Delicate Arch at sunset at Arches National Park
Posing for a photo framed by the incredible formations of Monument Valley
The Salt Lake City skyline and the snow-covered Wasatch Mountains
A barn on the historic Gifford Homestead in Capitol Reef National Park
The Gates of Lodore, where the Green River meets canyon walls in Dinosaur National Monument
A hiker photographing the multi-colored Yant Flat formations near St. George
Utah, home to a wealth of natural, national treasures across the state
Northern Utah: From the Mountains to the City
A visit to Northern Utah might include motoring up Logan Canyon – loaded with high alpine scenery, campsites, and hiking and biking trails – to Bear Lake for boating and summer festivals, and to Ogden's Union Station for a visit to the railroad museum. On the way south through Davis County, look west and you can't miss the Great Salt Lake. Visit Antelope Island State Park nearby to experience the lake up close.
In Northern Utah, you're never far from the Wasatch Mountains where you can ski and snowboard in the winter, or hike, bike and camp in the summer. The snow here is so ideal for winter sports that it’s been trademarked, “The Greatest Snow on Earth®.” In Northeastern Utah, the High Uintas Wilderness invites exploration on horseback or with backpacks and fishing rods. Sneak a peek at Utah's natural history at dinosaur excavation sites near Vernal in Dinosaur National Monument.
In Salt Lake City and its surrounding valley, comprising Utah’s largest metropolitan area, you'll find the gorgeous grounds of Temple Square and the world-famous Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, as well as the Utah Symphony and Opera, world-class ballet, theaters, events, museums, professional sports, dining, shopping and nightlife. About a half-hour east of Salt Lake City is Park City, a high-end mountain town that famously hosts the Sundance Film Festival and is home to two world-class resorts.
Southern Utah: Unlike Any Other Place in the World
Southern Utah is a land of unsurpassed, surprising beauty, characterized by what have come to be known as the Mighty 5® national parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion. In and around the parks, contrasting landscapes abound. Spot snow-capped mountains on the horizon. Marvel at towering fins of orange and red sandstone cut by erosion into bridges, arches and sculpted red rock "hoodoos." Discover dramatic faults where the earth twists or gentle, rolling hummocks of "slickrock." At night, these remote, wide open spaces allow for deep, dark skies, ideal for some of the best stargazing in the world.
Central Utah: Hidden Gems in the Heart of the State
Central Utah, a transitional stretch of land between the alpine forests of the north and the red rock canyons of the south, is a vast expanse of mountain, plateau and high desert – ideal for the traveler in search of solitude. It is an area rich in natural resources: from hunting and fishing meccas to rich farmlands and mystical deserts. One of Central Utah's best historic and cultural attractions is Heritage Highway 89. South of Price, the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry at Jurassic National Monument has the densest concentration of Jurassic-era dinosaur bones on the planet. From there, it's an easy jaunt to the San Rafael Swell. While "The Swell" may not be a national park, it boasts remote canyons and awesome views that rival those found anywhere in the state.
Only in Utah can one explore the National Park Service’s Mighty 5 – Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion.
There is a science to The Greatest Snow on Earth®. According to research by atmospheric scientist Jim Steenburgh, the climate conditions of the Wasatch Mountain create optimal “flotation,” a term describing the density of snow, which makes Utah snow among the best for deep-powder skiing and snowboarding.
Photo: Scott Markewitz Photography