Located in Summit County, Kamas calls itself “The Gateway to the Uintas.” The little town has a population of around 1,900 people and has countless fishing, hiking, camping and other outdoor recreation activities nearby.
Beaver is the county seat, and its roughly 3,000 residents enjoy its proximity to the Tushar mountains, as well as Zions and Bryce National Parks. It has a quaint, clean, Main Street with a real hometown feel.
Fairview was founded in 1859; many historic buildings are still preserved in the town. Around 1,200 people call Fairview home. Sheep ranching is one of the main industries, so if you’re looking for a pastoral setting, this might be your spot!
4) Fountain Green
Fountain Green, in Sanpete County, is another community where sheep ranching is prevalent. The community’s Lamb Days celebration is popular. This little town has only about 1,100 people.
The county seat of Summit County, Coalville has a population of about 1,400 people. You’ll find a few small businesses in Coalville, along with several farms. North Summit High School is located here, too.
6) Castle Dale
Castle Dale’s estimated 1,600 residents live in a truly beautiful place. The town is nestled next to Cottonwood Creek and is also near the San Rafael Swell.
Once the state capitol, Fillmore has a rich history and plenty of small town charm. With a population of around 2,500 people, you probably won’t know everyone in the town for at least a few years.
For a truly tiny town experience, Bicknell is it! The population for the 2010 census was only 327. Bicknell is perfect for those who love Utah’s outdoor splendor: it’s near Fish Lake National Forest, Dixie National Forest and Capitol Reef National Park.
9) Garden City
Garden City only has about 600 residents, but during the summer you’ll find many visitors and tourists. Bear Lake provides plenty of recreation and some absolutely stunning Utah beauty.
It’s hard nowadays to find towns with a charming Main Street, but Springdale pretty much has that wrapped up. Forbes named it one of the “20 Prettiest Towns in the U.S.” in 2008, and I can certainly see why. If that’s not enough...Springdale sits in the backyard of Zion National Park!
The tiny town of Corinne, located in Box Elder County, had just 685 residents as of the 2010 census. It’s just 6 miles from Brigham City, but has its own small-town charm.
Kanab has a population of around 4,400 people. It’s near Lake Powell, the Grand Canyon and Zions National Park, and is home to Best Friends Animal Society. Kanab has a vibrant population of people from all walks of life.
Moab, with its approximately 5,100 residents, is the largest city on my list. Its artistic community and outdoor recreation will be a draw for many people, and it also offers a large variety of restaurants and locally-owned businesses.
Manti is well-known in Utah for its LDS Temple and the two-week-long Mormon Miracle Pageant held there each year. It’s a quiet, pretty little town of about 3,300 residents.
These are just a few of the many wonderful, rural towns in Utah! If you could run away to a small town in our state, where would you go?