This six-day itinerary is fit for foodies, and it's the only one where you might come back heavier than you started.
In a place that’s known for its red rock landscape, it’s incredible that local chefs can coax such a feast of fresh food from the desert. This itinerary is fit for foodies — be warned you might come back weighing more than when you started.
You’ll visit Moab, where you can marvel at the desert’s bounty at the robust farmers' market and enjoy canyon views through your wine glass full of a locally-produced vintage. On the road to Capitol Reef National Park, you can awaken to a farm-fresh breakfast, dine riverside, and then savor salads grown in the desert sun and picked fresh just for you.
Imagine what it was like to farm over 100 years ago at Gifford Homestead, an oasis set among sandstone cliffs. Then gorge yourself at Hell’s Backbone Grill, where almost every single thing on the menu is grown locally. Around Torrey you can find eclectic locally harvested fare like free range rattlesnake.
In Boulder, Cedar City and St. George, you’ll find more unique options including southwestern flavors, big city pizza and Kansas City-style barbeque.
Cap off your trip in Salt Lake City, where you could spend another full week trying to taste everything.
When to Go?
During harvest season (August – October), you can hit all three markets listed by starting on a Thursday in Moab. Check restaurants in advance for any seasonal closures between November – March.
Artisan Cheese in Red Rock Country
Two decades ago, Randy Ramsley traded his Dockers-and-tie city job for a 50 acre plot of land that he called a “Garden of Weedin” and the dream of establishing a sustainable farmstead. Now travelers from all over the globe know the small market and counter-service restaurant at Mesa Farm as a refreshing “must-do” respite seemingly plunked in the middle of nowhere on Highway 24 east of Capitol Reef National Park.
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Urban Vibe and Funeral Potatoes
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