Resorts to Red Rock: Utah Relaxation
Utah is a magical place for adventure and relaxation alike. From world-class spas high up in the mountains to meditative adventures through red rock hoodoos, you’ll find solace and reprieve in the diverse landscape that only Utah can offer. You don’t have to choose between your craving for rest and relaxation and your need to enjoy outdoor excursions. Spend a week mixing the wild desert with the contemplative retreat for the ultimate getaway adventure.
You’ll start off your rejuvenation week in Park City, where many people go for classy spa experiences, then enjoy an evening of hot springs soaking. The next day is filled with inspiration and relaxation in Sundance. Fulfill your inner artist or participate in a wellness class and soak up the mountain at the decadent Sundance spa.
Next, head off for an adventure in the San Rafael Swell. Find your inner explorer in the Goblin Valley hoodoos and unwind at a local beach. On the fourth day, see the incredible beauty of Moab from the back of a horse or up in a hot air balloon. Finish off the day at a spa for a gentle, relaxing end to the adventurous day.
The next day, head to Bluff for a river rafting adventure on the Green River. Then head back out for a sunset tour of the stunning Valley of the Gods. On your sixth day, see the infamous Bears Ears National Monument, then unwind at a local Navajo-inspired spa. (Watch: The Voices of Bears Ears).
The final day of the trip you’ll spend exploring even more on your drive back up north. Enjoy stunning Utah outdoor views, then wrap up your trip with a spa experience to make you glow.
Itinerary designed by Cedar City local: Sarah Braun
- Park City Spas
- Trail Walking and Whole-Foods Lunch
- Homestead Crater Hot Springs
You might know Park City for its world-class skiing, but in the warmer months, it’s also an incredible place to enjoy a relaxing vacation. Choose from one of the award-winning spas for a calm morning, then head outside to see the peaceful woods up close. Finish off this day with a memorable hot springs experience in Heber Valley.
Overnight in Park City or Heber Valley.
- Art and Wellness at Sundance
- Spa Rejuvenation at Sundance
- Farm-to-table or Cultural Cuisine in Provo
As a place known for its celebrity-status pampering, you’ll be grateful you stopped at Sundance Mountain Resort. Start the day with a creative workshop at the art studio or a yoga or meditation class. Then head to the spa, where Sundance offers the ultimate in luxury. From facials and mani-pedis to massages and reflexology, you’ll feel thoroughly renewed. Finish off the day with a delicious meal in Provo, where a foodie scene has emerged in recent years.
Overnight in Provo.
Hot stone massages, herbal exfoliation, oxygen therapy facials, and organic manicures and pedicures are all waiting for you at the luxurious Sundance Mountain Resort Spa. Spend the afternoon being pampered and come out renewed.
Enjoy a leisure dinner in Provo, at one of the eclectic, farm-to-table restaurants appearing on the foodie scene there. Choose from New American flavors, Native American-inspired plates, a variety of Asian-inspired cuisines, or a sweet ice cream treat made of dairy from local farms.
- San Rafael Swell Trails
- Goblin Valley or Swasey’s Beach
- Green River Eats
Often passed by road-trippers headed straight for Moab, the Green River area is a beautiful place to spend a day. Enjoy a long wander in the San Rafael Swell or bring your mountain bike for a higher octane adventure. Then spend a leisurely lunch checking out the food scene. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, head to Goblin Valley State Park for a memorable sunset experience. Or stop at Swasey’s Beach if you’re ready to just relax for the evening.
Overnight in Green River or Moab.
- Horseback or Hot Air Balloon
- Natural Food Plates
- Unwind at a Moab Spa
Moab is one of those towns you don’t forget easily. A resort town located in the middle of nowhere, it’s surrounded by astounding rock formations and two national parks. Home to desert adventurers, it offers an abundance of tourist activities to keep you busy for days. While you’re there, enjoy a horseback or hot air balloon ride, eclectic shops and restaurants and a variety of spa experiences.
Overnight in Moab.
- River House Ruin or San Juan River
- Relax Over Local Plates
- Valley of the Gods Tour
Bluff is a remote town with a big history and lots to see. You’ll want to take the time to explore the area even though it’s off the beaten path. Enjoy the adrenaline of river rafting, hiking to historic ruins, resting in town and taking a sunset tour of the Valley of the Gods. You’ll fall in love with this obscure area and its ancient stories.
Overnight in Bluff.
Spend the day exploring the region by either hiking or river rafting, depending on your preferences. Choose to take an easy hike out to the River House Ruin, an ancient Puebloan village ruin site. If you’re searching for a more adrenalized day, enjoy a guided river rafting excursion on the San Juan River.
Unwind from your active morning at a low-key cafe with regional flavor: Comb Ridge Eat + Drink. Peruse the art and crafts for sale in the restaurant and take something home to support the local artists.
If you’re looking for a site that will take your breath away, look no further than the Valley of the Gods. Adventure out there to watch the sun descend behind the glowing rocks or hire a tour guide to eliminate possible stressors.
- Bears Ears
- Regional Flavors
- Navajo-Inspired Spa Day
Explore even more of Bluff’s natural surroundings and prehistoric ruins with a day packed with local adventures. Visit the fascinating and historically important Bears Ears National Monument, full of ancient ruins and petroglyph panels left by Ancestral Puebloan peoples long ago. Then enjoy more relaxing in Bluff with a tasty meal and a spa afternoon at a Navajo-inspired spa.
Overnight in Bluff or Moab area.
Recharge at the western-themed Twin Rocks Cafe for lunch or dinner. Then wander over to the sister business Twin Rocks Trading Post to view local Native American and western Americana arts and crafts.
After all the sand and sun, an afternoon at the spa will be a welcomed experience. Spend the afternoon feeling nurtured with desert and Navajo-inspired massage, skin and bodywork treatments at the HozHo Spa. You’ll finish out the day feeling euphoric.
- Helper’s Art Scene
- Mid-Trip Outdoor Explore
- Deep Relaxation at the Spa
There are so many amazing sites along the trail, so make sure to save a day just to see a few more things. As you head back up to the Salt Lake City area, check out Helper, the town that’s revitalizing and creating a significant arts scene. Pop in a little more nature and some ancient sites for extra enjoyment. Then end the day with one last blissful massage at a big city spa to polish off your trip.
Helper is a small town with a unique story. The past few years, locals and newcomers have worked on revitalizing this town and it’s evident. Stop by Happiness Within for delicious coffee and a bite to eat, then meander around the historic downtown, enjoying the many art galleries, restored historic buildings and small-town charm.
End the day with a relaxing massage and full spa experience at the Grand America’s Grand Spa. With over 20,000 square feet of spa space and a four-star hotel rating, you’ll find just the relaxation experience you’ll need before setting off on your trip home.