Parks, Natural Attractions, and Cultural Sites

  • Moab & Arches National Park Located in southern Utah, Moab is a great place to either camp or hotel for a quick weekend. Home of the infamous delicate arch, it contains many natural beauties and is a nice escape from the city. Many national parks within the area that contain some nice hikes. Very hot in the summer, nice to visit in the fall or spring.
  • Bryce Canyon Beautiful canyon with plenty of day hikes as well as overnighters (permit required). Within a few hours of the northern rim of the Grand Canyon, which you should see first, as many prefer Bryce to it.
  • Canyonlands Check out Island in the Sky and the Needles.
  • Capitol Reef National Park Probably under-rated, contains an amazing feature called the Water Pocket Fold, a 100-mile slash through millions of years of geology. Camp or stay in Day’s Inn Torrey, eat at Capitol Reef Inn and perhaps crash there too.
  • Zion National Park Favorite national park of many Utah natives. Camping, hiking, climbing, etc.
  • Salt Flats Make a stop if you are in the neighborhood, but it isn’t that great of a place to make as a final destination. Head north from exit 4 on I-80. Follow the signs for the Bonneville Speedway.
  • Mirror Lake Highway
  • Copper Mine over in the Oquirrhs
  • Lake Powell Beautiful, but be ready for a drive
  • Temple Square Check out the Mormon Tabernacle choir singing on Sunday Mornings, or their rehearsal on Wednesday nights (open to the public). Also, check out the square and temple.
  • Dinosaur Park -Vernal. Dinosaur Park has an amazing campground in Echo Park - 10 miles on the steep dirt road and you get to the primitive campground inside one of the Green River Canyons. You can swim and raft in Green River, which has sand beaches.
  • Grand Tetons -Heh “tetons.”
  • Yellowstone
  • Dark Canyon, Grand Gulch, Kolob Canyon and Virgin River Gorge
  • Escalante Slot Canyons - after 30 miles of a dirt road you will find amazing half-mile long canyons which sometimes get as narrow as one feet.