Summer Adventures in Utah

Summer Adventures in Utah

In the wake of Memorial Day festivities, those who traveled Provo Canyon this past weekend saw boats, campers and trailers, off-road vehicles, mountain bikes, and all manner of equipment indicating adventure. One reason that Utah is such a special place to live is because there is so much to do in the great outdoors.
Lest anyone is deterred from getting out of the house because of the indecision of what adventures to embark upon, I have composed list of some great places to go see. The BYU Store has an entire section of books displaying Utah and the many natural treasures that are waiting to be seen and experienced.


Experience the Escalante/Grand Staircase by spending a few days hiking Coyote Gulch or making a visit to Jacob Hamblin Arch. Traversing through the greenery along the river and amidst the red rock surrounding is truly amazing. 
Jacob Hamblin Arch


Along with more great views and large arches, Canyonlands is a special destination because of the amazing history in the ancient Indian Ruins.

Anasazi Indian Ruins


Perhaps the most famous park in Utah is Zion National Park, known for breathtaking views and hikes. But literally. Three of the most popular hikes are Angels Landing, The Narrows, and The Subway for more technical climbers.
Angels Landing overlook

High Uinta’s

For a different scene, make your way to the most prominent east-west mountain range in the continental U.S. The forested Uinta’s are home to the highest point in Utah at King’s Peak and the picturesque Red Castle Rock. There are thousands of lakes and beautiful forests to be explored in the Uinta Mountains. 

Red Castle Rock


A local favorite and a perfect destination for a day hike because of proximity. Mount Timpanogos and the various trails scattered through the mountains are beautiful and provide a diversity of views. Summiting Timp to see the sunrise in the east is well worth hiking in the early hours of the morning.
Sunrise on Mount Timpanogos

Honorable Mentions (worth the time!)

Bryce Canyon: Thors Hammer
Capital Reef: Temple of the Moon
Antelope Island: Visit the bison and the Great Salt Lake

As always, safety first. Be prepared with equipment, knowledge of the terrain, and an understanding of the weather forecast. Happy trails!

For more information on Utah hikes and sights, check out the travel guides and photography books available online here

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