Have You Ever Seen
Happens to people all the time when experiencing Utah travel.
A Landscape So Spectacular
That You Were Never The Same?
People who see photographs of Utah's wild places often suggest the photos were retouched. Or they were taken elsewhere.
But when you see this land for yourself, you'll realize those photos are real.
Soaring granite peaks. Red slick-rock arches and aqua alpine lakes.
Seemingly bottomless canyons yet to be discovered.
Ancient ruins and sandstone hoodoos. Glistening salt flats as far as the eye can see.
Overpowering landscapes. Roaring trout streams. Multi-hued other-worldly sunrises. Even better sunsets. Easy access.
And The Best Snow On Earth!
That’s right. Utah. A land that beckons to be explored. But ... more than ever ... deserves protection.
An expanse that embraces:
- 5 national parks
- 7 national monuments
- 9 national forests
- 43 state parks.
Millions of people flock to Utah each year ... joining those who live here ... to revel in an unparalleled mix of world-class outdoor recreation. Such as:
- mountain biking and cycling
- ATV touring
You can come here to enjoy any of them. Or all of them.
Within Utah’s borders lie all or parts of the Rocky Mountains, the Wasatch Mountains, the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateau, and the Mojave Desert.
You can drive from desert to alpine mountain wilderness in less than an hour! Such an array of climate, terrain and color. A land not spread over a continent but concentrated in a single state.
And what fantastic designs the elements ... rain, snow, ice, rain and gravity ... have sculpted out of Utah’s rock.
Utah is a place where deserts cover a third of the landscape. I know. Crazy right? When so many people come here simply to ski.
But those deserts account for so many more of our visitors. In fact, visitors to our deserts ... our national parks ... blow away the numbers who come here to ski.
The Great Salt Lake Desert west of Salt Lake City with concrete salt flats. The Sevier ... part of the the Great Basin ... in the west central part of the state.
And the Escalante to the south. One of the driest regions in the USA. But with some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet.
One of the best winter playgrounds in the world. Home of the hugely successful ... and memorable ... 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
If you remember that time frame, things were very tense around here just after 9-11. Walking through security in downtown Salt Lake City was unlike anything people in this country had ever seen.
But it was awesome. And guess what? We survived.
Utah is a land where that same winter moisture produces spring-time wildflower displays unequaled anywhere ... in my opinion. With fall color panoramas that take your breath away. And just make you feel good.
Stretching over most of the southern and eastern sections of the state is the Colorado Plateau. Broad tablelands etched with deep valleys and canyons. Home of many Utah travel secrets.
The lonely Henry and La Sal Mountains. Home of an amazing array of wildlife. Far from the ski resorts of the north. And the often nauseating traffic of Salt Lake City.
This is where you can experience Utah’s world-famous redrock country. Unlike anywhere else on earth.
As Wallace Stegner said, “No region in America, and so far as I know in the world, has a comparable power to evoke from human beings such responses of surprise, delight, and, above all, awe.”
He was talking about Utah.
This has been both a blessing and a curse. Blessed with vast natural resources that normally accompany such beauty, the curse of exploitation and development threaten the very existence of these lands.
It's an often bitter fight between those wanting to preserve them and those seeking to profit from them.
Well, if you’ve been here ... or live here ... it’s not a secret to you. Many Utahns would prefer no one else found out about the place they call home. They want to close the door behind them.
They want to keep many of the Utah travel secrets just that. Secrets. Too late though.
This online guide wasn’t created by a faceless corporation. It’s written by a long-time resident ... of more than 30 years ... who came here from Canada with no intention of staying long-term.
But I’m still here.
This guide will tell you about the usual tourist attractions in Utah. But it’ll cover much more.
Utah travel secrets resulting from my experience of living, playing and traveling here for more than 30 years.
I’ve hunted and fished these lands. Camped in them. Photographed them. Hiked through them. My wife was born here. Lived here all her life.
You'll see photos. Lots of them. Photos often tell a story far better than words.
Yes, there are well-known attractions that draw millions every year. You'll discover those.
But there are few places left in this country where
you can get away from it all like you can here!
There are wondrous sights that are virtually undiscovered. The somewhat universal lack of knowledge about Utah’s wild areas is still comforting to people like me.
Nonetheless, we know that change is inevitable. The world's population isn't decreasing.
And Fodors just recently named Utah as their
#1 top worldwide destination for 2016!
The state is succeeding in its desire to evolve from a resource-based economy to one more dependent on visitors from other places.
I'll try to give you the information you'll need in making a decision to visit.
And maybe I can help you know before arriving what you want to see and do when you get here.
Perhaps you might just learn about a few of the Utah travel secrets you didn't know about before. Or couldn't find anywhere else.
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- What does the best in Utah mean? Well, it depends on what you’re referring to. Of course … when talking about such things … it’s all a matter of personal opinion.
- Facts About Utah
- This page provides some basic facts about Utah. A mini-encyclopedia page about Utah.
- Things To Do In Utah
- Things to do in Utah. That’s what this website is all about. Reading through this site, you’ll realize just how many things there are to do in Utah. And see.
- Utah Liquor Laws
- Yes you can get a drink in Utah. You’ve always been able to get a drink here. With the new Utah liquor laws, it's easier than ever.
- Travel In Utah
- More than 43,542 miles of federal, state, and local roads and highway make travel in Utah a relatively uncomplicated affair.
- Utah Air Travel
- Salt Lake International Airport provides Utah air travel services. It is within 2 ½ hours of half the population of the U.S. 10 minutes west of downtown, it is the 22nd largest in the country.
- Utah Questions
- If you have any Utah questions whether they involve traveling in Utah, visiting Utah, or just general questions, we'll do our best to answer them here.
- Utah Weather
- Utahns know there is one constant about Utah weather. Change. Utah's weather is made up of micro-climates. You can get just about any kind of weather and climate in Utah.
- Utah Wildlife
- Utah wildlife is all around us. Along every trail. Along every roadway. Along every freeway. You just need to know where to look.
- Utah Attractions
- Whether you're a visitor or local, discover here how many interesting Utah attractions there are.
- Flaming Gorge
- When it comes to outdoor recreation, Utah's Flaming Gorge may have no equal.
- Great Salt Lake
- The Great Salt Lake and its islands provide remarkable scenery and unique recreational opportunities less than a half hour west of Salt Lake City. Sunsets over the lake can be breathtaking.
- Lake Powell Utah
- Lake Powell Utah is one of the most extraordinary recreational playgrounds in the world. Delighting almost three million fun-seekers each year.
- Utah National Monuments
- There are seven Utah National Monuments. Protected areas much like National Parks. In their own way, some even more spectacular. Learn more about them here.
- Monument Valley
- Monument Valley is located near the Four Corners area of the U.S. It's magical. It's peaceful and unique. And it's far away from the crowded hectic pace of most attractions.
- National Parks In Utah
- The five national parks in Utah contain some of the most recognizable landscapes in the world. Learn more about them here.
- Utah Scenic Byways
- There are over 2,200 miles of Utah Scenic Byways winding through the heart of the state’s most spectacular terrain.
- Utah State Parks
- By my count there are 43 Utah state parks. Whatever outdoor recreation you enjoy, Utah has a state park for you.
- Temple Square Salt Lake City
- Temple Square Salt Lake City is Utah's most visited tourist attraction. With 3 million to 5 million visitors per year, Temple Square is a unique must-see for anyone visiting Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Uinta Mountains
- The Uinta Mountains are the highest mountain range in Utah. And they have Utah’s highest peak, Kings Peak, at 13,528 feet high.
- Moab Utah
- Moab Utah was once a sleepy little town in southeastern Utah. Now it is world-famous as an outdoor recreation area. And this page tells you why.
- Park City Utah
- Park City Utah stopped being a secret long ago. It's now a world-famous year-round recreation area. See why here.
- Salt Lake City
- Salt Lake City Utah is not only a gateway to the rest of the state, it stands very well by itself as an ultimate destination for play and entertainment.
- St. George Utah
- A number of factors have combined to make St. George Utah a haven for outdoor buffs and retirees. An emerging leisure mecca.
- Fishing In Utah
- Utah has soaring mountains, crystal-clear streams, emerald green rivers and misty lakes. Fishing in Utah offers a fabulous cure for those with that amiable madness – love of fishing.
- Hiking in Utah
- For individuals like myself who enjoy hiking in Utah … despite the claims from some rural Utahns … it quickly becomes apparent that the Utah wilderness isn’t only for the rich, the elite or the young.
- Hunting in Utah
- Hunting in Utah may not have had the same reputation for excellence over the years as surrounding states. But the reality is that hunting in Utah is equal to or better than any of those states.
- Skiing In Utah
- Utah's unique geography makes it the most accessible winter vacation playground in the world! Skiing in Utah happens on "the greatest snow on earth".
- Snowboarding In Utah
- Snowboarding in Utah means Utah powder. The perfect snow. And snowboarders fall in love with Utah snow. There are 11 Utah snowboarding resorts catering to snowboarders.
- Utah Sports
- Utahns enjoy some of the hottest professional and college sports teams in the nation. And Utah sports are played at some of the best facilities in the nation.
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