You've seen the icons. Stood in awe at their grandeur as you fathomed the significance of their geologic time against the blip of humanity. You might go back for another look. But something tells you there's more to discover in these parks and monuments, these human-designated tributes to the impossible whimsy of Mother Nature that are sanctuaries for modern travelers and sacred places of human past.
Or maybe you're just looking to travel off the beaten path. To discover scale and majesty among backcountry giants or solitude in hidden canyons. To chat with locals or slow travel through less-explored lands and rural towns. Get started by visiting unheralded corners of the top parks, then explore other hikes and adventures in nearby destinations. You can see how they all fit together in some of our inspirational Road to Mighty itineraries, or curl up with some of the long reads of travel experiences contributed by regional writers that explore first-hand experiences in-depth to get to know the people and places that help define Utah.
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Road to Mighty Off the Beaten Path
For the soul who wants to venture off the beaten path and explore hidden gems or yearns to visit places before they become Instagram-famous, we’ve got you covered. Explore some of our popular itineraries below, or filter through all road trip itineraries on Utah's Road to Mighty.
Parks and Monuments by Region
The densely populated Wasatch Front is home to vibrant cities like Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo. The cultural amenities of these welcoming cities welcome travelers arriving via SLC International. It's worth hanging around. But fans of Utah know just how close they are to Utah's renowned outdoor recreation. Head for the "backyard" Wasatch Mountains or browse by region below to uncover dozens of parks and monuments and thousands of miles of trails and rivers through incredibly scenic and serene places.
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Planning Ahead for Your Utah Adventure
You don’t have to be an intrepid adventurer to enjoy time in Utah’s great outdoors. Whether you’re packing for a one-day hike or longer camping trip, the common rule is that it’s best to be prepared.