23 Top Things to Do in Utah
Utah’s landscape might be one of the most unique in the country. From flat expanses of salt that seem to go on for miles to vibrant red rock formations that make you feel like you’ve landed on Mars, this state is something of a natural playground. It boasts five national parks and a whopping 40-plus state parks for visitors and residents to explore. Plus, with an array of small towns, ski mountains and an urban hub in Salt Lake City, it’s difficult to get bored in Utah. On the other hand, there are so many adventurous options and fun things to do at your fingertips, you may have difficulty deciding where to begin. Keep reading to check out the top things to do in Utah. (Note: Some tours and excursions may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. New policies may be in place, including capacity restrictions and parking reservation requirements. Check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State and local tourism boards before traveling.)
Arches National Park
Soaring sandstone arches and towering hoodoos make Arches National Park in eastern Utah one of the most striking places in the state. Plus, the snow-capped La Sal Mountains in the distance only add to this area’s beauty. If you only have a few hours to explore, drive the 18-mile scenic road (Arches Scenic Drive) to enjoy a brief, but thorough tour of the park. You’ll pass Balanced Rock as well as the Windows area, which is home to a large concentration of arches. Luckily, there are plenty of spots to pull over and admire the views. If you have a full day or more, get out of the car and explore on foot. Some of the most popular hikes in the park include the trails to Delicate Arch and Double Arch. If you’re looking for less crowded hikes, there are plenty of hidden gems. The 3-mile round-trip hike to Navajo Arch is a relatively easy excursion that brings you to a quiet arch in a fairy tale-like setting. Ring Arch is another lightly trafficked route (3.5 miles round trip) with stellar views. Visitors recommend touring the park in the late fall or early spring for cooler temperatures and fewer tourists than the busy summer season. Thanks to the park’s convenient location near the town of Moab, you can stroll downtown and grab a bite to eat after a long day of hiking. Entrance to the park costs $30 per car, and the pass is valid for seven days.
Written By Mackenzie Roche –
Published By: U.S. News and World Report, Friday, February 11, 2022
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