Utah is known for its majestic scenery, and for good reason! Our Utah Bucket List takes a trip around the state, visiting some of the National Parks that have views that are second to none.
The Great Outdoors
Zion National Park – Many people who visit Zion National Park say it’s the most beautiful place on Earth, and that is pretty hard to debate considering the breathtaking views you get to experience while you’re there. Enjoy the Zion Wilderness, a place where you can retreat from the hustle and bustle of civilization, and reconnect with nature. Zion National Park has over 124,000 acres designated as wilderness. I recommend checking out The Narrows and The Virgin River.
Moab – Usually, I wouldn’t just name a town when creating a bucket list. However, Moab is different – in more ways than you can imagine! It’s home to two of our great state’s Mighty 5 State Parks, with easy access to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Dead Horse Point State Park, the Colorado River, and thousands of square miles of red rock landscapes.
– About 50 miles South of Moab, you’ll find Newspaper Rock. This historic monument contains an amazing selection of Native American petroglyphs in the rocks. These petroglyphs were made around 2,000 years ago.
Cataract Canyon – Utah’s biggest and most challenging rapids can be found here. With over 14 miles of rapids, Cataract Canyon attracts worldwide rafting lovers.
Meadow Hot Spring – Located on private property but accessible to the public, this Hot Spring is one you don’t want to miss.
Antelope Island – You can swim in the salty lake water, take a hike, or go horseback riding. There’s plenty of wildlife to see, along with a historic ranch house and exhibits. Antelope Island is known as one of the best places in the country to view the sunset.
Utah Hogle Zoo – Hogle Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country. They have an amazing program featuring educational, recreational and conservation opportunities. It is an awesome way to teach kids about animals and how to best protect them.
Sand Hollow Reservoir – Down in St George, Sand Hollow State Park boasts beautiful red sandstone and gorgeous blue water. Go out to fish or boat on the lake or get in your ATV and ride the dunes. There’s something for everyone.
Mount Timpanogos Cave Monument – A family friendly (though by no means simple!) hike up dozens of switchbacks until you reach the top of Mount Timpanogos. You will find amazing caves to explore on one of the guided tours, and you will find some incredible views of the entire Salt Lake valley.
Ensign Peak – One of the simplest hikes in Salt Lake City, this family friendly trail will take you to the top of a mini mountain with breathtaking views of the Great Salt Lake.
Canyons Resort – Located in Park City, Canyons is one of the most amazing ski resorts in all of Utah. Whether you visit in summer or winter, you will find so much to do. Live music, barbecues, bike rides and hiking are fun when the weather is warm. And skiing and snowboarding are some of the most fun things to be had in winter.
Oddities and Roadside Attractions
Route 666 – Known as the “Devil’s Highway”.
Gilgal Gardens – With 12 original sculptures and over 70 engraved stones, it’s worth a peek if you’re in the area. Great for pictures to show friends how weird Utah can be!
Hole in the Rock – This house was carved out of rocks back in the 1940s.
International Peace Gardens – Located on the banks of the Jordan River in Jordan Park in the heart of Salt Lake City, these gardens are just as their names imply – a beautiful peaceful oasis where you or your family can go for a picnic or just some quiet introspection.