Utah is the premier outdoor destination for so many amazing activities. If you're seeking a weekend of hiking or backpacking, Utah has countless options. For starters, one could spend years exploring all of the nooks and crannies of just one of Utah's five national parks, seven national monuments, five national forests, 43 state parks, and 22.8 million acres of public lands, representing almost 42 percent of the state of Utah. These lands range from snowcapped mountains of remote mountain ranges to wild rivers and colorful redrock canyons, crisscrossing the southern half of the state. Now, that's a lot of great outdoors and outdoor adventures ripe for the picking!
If you're interested in climbing, Utah is a landscape of renowned climbing opportunities. From the towering cliffs of Zion National Park and the splitter cracks of Indian Creek, to the impeccable granite in Little Cottonwood Canyon just north of Utah Valley, the state has a tremendous diversity of areas to choose from.
If you want wet and wild outdoor recreation, Utah is home to rivers and lakes that offer some of the most incredible water sports in the country – including rafting, kayaking, boating and swimming. From rivers that have carved impossible gorges, to the majesty of Lake Powell. Although Utah is the second driest state in the country, we are overflowing with recreational options.
If it's mountain biking or cycling, boating and waterskiing, golfing or OHV adventures, the state has abundant world renowned opportunities for all of them and more. And depending on the season, skis are just as popular as hiking boots – if you haven’t experienced the Greatest Snow on Earth you owe it to yourself. Especially since it’s so close to the additional big-city activities you’ll find in Salt Lake City.
In short, Utah is synonymous with the great outdoors! Hit the road and get away for a day, a week or as long as it takes to enjoy the finest outdoor recreation spots around. Find recommended itineraries here and start planning today.