Discover your adventure in Utah
Experience the adventure of a lifetime while visiting Utah’s national parks as well as its vibrant cities, all surrounded by stunning natural splendor.
Utah is famous for its five national parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion. In addition to these parks, you’ll find national monuments and recreation areas, all of which are considered hidden gem spots by visitors and locals alike.
It’s no surprise that Arches National Park is one of the top national parks in America: it’s a 296 square kilometer paradise made up of beautiful red rock and striking sandstone formations. Home to over 2,000 arches, Landscape Arch is the second-longest span in the world and is certainly a must-see sight. If you’re looking for an adventure, grab your backpack and hike to some of the park’s most iconic sites, including Double Arch and Delicate Arch. And when you’re done taking in the park’s beauty you can stay in one of Arches campgrounds or visit the nearby Moab, a classic Utah desert town famous for its a laid-back outdoorsy vibe.
If you’re looking to check out the wildlife, Bryce Canyon National Park is the place to visit. The alpine environment is home to diverse species from birds to mammals to reptiles. Viewing these animals in their natural habitat is a special opportunity you won’t want to pass up on!
Located to the west of the town of Moab and a short distance from Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, the largest national park in Utah, is extraordinarily diverse in its landscapes. Rivers divide the park into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. These areas all share a desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.
Capitol Reef National Park, located in south-central Utah, is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges. Capitol Reef boasts spectacular colored cliffs, hidden arches and deep canyons.
One of the nation’s most famous parks is Zion National Park, and there’s a good reason for its popularity. Whether you’re in search of a challenging hike with epic views or you’d like a more relaxed visit seeking out waterfalls and riding on horseback, Zion National Park will leave you in awe.
If you’re looking to ski or snowboard, Utah is the place to go, and the season runs from mid-November through April! Park City, in particular, is known for its impeccably groomed runs as well as being a cozy and upscale mountain town. Spend the day cruising downhill through the mountains and afterward, enjoy a well-deserved après ski drink at Versante Hearth & Bar where you can find affordable, comfort Italian food, delicious wine and local craft beers.
In the mood for a thrill? Try river rafter through one of the many rivers in Utah! You can enjoy non-motorized oar rafts, high activity paddle rafts, individual inflatable kayaks and stand-up paddleboards on most of our Utah river rafting trips.
Entertainment & Activities
While visiting Utah check out annual festivals and local events that celebrate Utah's artistry and cultural diversity. Across the state, every city offers its own unique dining options, lodging, entertainment and activities.
Cities located in northern Utah offer access to ski areas, mountain adventures and luxurious amenities. With mountain ranges lining the valley, this means quick access to nature, as well as a concentration of vibrant culture, big-city amenities and distinctive dining just minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport.
In Salt Lake City you’ll find historic architecture, great shopping and a bustling nightlife scene in addition to museums, art galleries and world-class ballet. The downtown areas have an overall energetic vibe that will make any trip here unforgettable.
“If You Go” Hit List
- Marriott’s MountainSide
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Virgin Zion National Park
- SpringHill Suites Springdale Zion National Park
- Explore the national parks and soak in the scenic views.
- Enjoy all sorts of fun snow sport activities at Park City, and don’t miss out on the après ski experience at the bottom of the mountain.
- Stroll down the streets of Salt Lake City and discover delicious dining options, great shopping and interesting museums.
Eat & Drink
- R&R Barbeque is run by one of Utah’s best barbeque teams, and has the awards to prove it!
- Communal in Provo, Utah serves up top-notch local and sustainable meats and cheeses.
- Whiptail Grill offers the experience of a Mexican cantina in a converted gas station, turning out imaginative entrees & desserts.