Utah is the apple-of-the-eye of outdoor freaks, with more than 80% of the state set aside for public use. This means lots and lots of recreation and unlimited outdoor opportunities. Whether you are just passing by this state or on a scheduled vacation with friends and family, it is a must to scout for good accommodations to make your stay memorable. Whether you are up for camping, backpacking, or Utah cabin rentals, this place has it all! We have listed five of the must-see places in this state that will make you say, “I love yoU-TAH!”
Bryce Canyon National Park
Disclaimer: This is not Kansas anymore. Bryce Canyon National Park comprises many brain-boggling and bizarre orange rock formations known as Hoodoos – a spike-shaped rock formation. No, it’s not from a wizard-inspired movie where a castle-like formation springs up from the ground, but in this high-elevation sandstone playland, your imagination is your limit. Either way, there’s no place like this besides Bryce Canyon National Park. This sprawling reserve in southern Utah is popular for its crimson-color Hoodoos. The park’s main road goes through the spacious Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression of land lying beneath the Rim Trail hiking path. It overlooks Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point, and Bryce Point – the primary viewing spots for this National Park. The best times to view these points are early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
For different viewpoints of the main amphitheater, head to Inspiration Point, which is home to three levels of viewpoints. From here, visitors can look toward the Silent City near the Sunset Point, with hoodoos lined against Boat Mesa’s background – a solid mass rising to an elevation close to 2,500 meters among the hoodoos. While the rocks on all sides have eroded into different fantastic figures, the mesa remains intact. Visitors certainly will call the view breathtaking; some even noted that this is a great place for people who have difficulty with mobility to view one of the most spectacular spots in the US.
Temple Square is a complex that is a little bit more than four hectares of land. This magnificent tourist spot is under the management of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is located in the center of Salt Lake City, Utah. A few years back, the name’s usage has changed little by little to take in several other church facilities that are very much close to Temple Square. Annually, an estimated three to five million people visit Temple Square each year, consisting of more visitors than five of the state’s national parks combined. For aesthetes who appreciate Gothic architecture, women who want to get their bridal photos taken, or listen to an award-winning choir, Temple Square is the perfect place for you!
Also, you can get to learn more about your familial roots in the Family History Library here because it houses the largest genealogy library in the world – making it a good place to dig your ancestors deep and know more about your family history.
If you are the type of person who likes the beach but prefers to be in a desert at the same time, then there’s no need to pick! At this massive water reservoir, water and sand meet in a majestic union. Get sun-kissed on the beaches or shade yourself in a cove.
Lake Powell is a unique lake that contrasts common-sense expectations. On the one hand, when we picture a lake in our head, we see around and deep motionless body of water. In this case, it looks like veins. On the other hand, it is not a lake at all, to begin with, it is supposed to be a water reservoir! But taking all technicalities aside, visitors can do many things here besides marveling at the views it offers. An estimated three million visitors annually can enjoy the lake doing some water activities that place life. They can also head to the Arizona border for other Glen Canyon National Recreation Area activities such as boating, dipping on the beach, and other networks of canyons which seem to be endless.
Arches National Park
Who would have known that there is a great artist called “erosion?” Arches National Park is the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches with a landscape that looks like another planet. Walkthrough Devil’s Garden or the Fiery Furnace – an Arches National Park area that features a sequence of rock fins and arches formed over the years by erosion.
Arches National Park lies in the northern part of Moab in Utah and is close to the border of the Colorado River in the southeast. It is popular for being a site filled with more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Some spots to note are the massive, red-colored Delicate Arch in the east, the long, thin scenic arch stands in Devils Garden to the north, and other geological formations, including Balanced Rock.
Zion National Park
Have you ever wondered if God blesses a place on Earth? Well, Utahns quickly know the answer! Zion National Park is a nature preserve located in southwest Utah and is notable for Zion Canyon’s sharp red cliffs. Leading to forest trails along the Virgin River is where Zion Canyon Scenic Drive cuts through its main section. The river flows to the bright green emerald-like Pools, which have a hanging garden and waterfalls. Zion Narrows wading hike is situated along the river as well, partly through deep gulfs.
Zion National Park amazes travelers with its colorful show of monoliths of sedimentary rocks such as mudstone, limestone, siltstone, and, perhaps the most famous of them all, sandstone. Sedimentary rocks are made of bits and pieces of layered rocks deposited on top of each other that have been weathered and eroded. This produces spectacular formations in this part of the state. However, nothing can describe Zion National Park better than seeing nature’s majestic artistry in person.