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 for 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 of lots and lots of 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-colour 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 the Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point – the primary viewing spots for this particular National Park. The best times to view in these points are early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
For different viewpoints of the main amphitheatre, head to Inspiration Point, which is home to three levels of viewpoints. From here, visitors can look toward the Silent City which is near the Sunset Point, with hoodoos lined against the background of Boat Mesa – a solid mass rising to an elevation close to 2,500 metres 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 breath-taking, 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 centre of Salt Lake City, Utah. A few years back, the usage of the name 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, a number which consists of more visitors than at all 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 one hand, when we picture a lake in our head, we see a round 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 a lot of things here besides marvelling at the views it offers. An estimated three million visitors annually can enjoy the lake doing some water activities that give this place life. They can also head to the Arizona border for other Glen Canyon National Recreation Area’s activities such as boating, dipping in 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?” With a landscape that looks like from another planet, Arches National Park is known as the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Walk through Devil’s Garden or the Fiery Furnace – an area of Arches National Park 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 the state of Utah and is close to the border of the Colorado River in the southeast. It is popular for being the site filled with more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Some spots to note are the massive, red-coloured Delicate Arch in the east, long, thin scenic arch stands in Devils Garden to the north, and other geological formations which include Balanced Rock.
Zion National Park
Have you ever wondered if there is a place on Earth blessed by God? 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 travellers with its colourful 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 the spectacular formations in this part of the state. However, nothing can describe Zion National Park better than seeing nature’s majestic artistry in person.