Utah has tons of interesting and beautiful places, and most are so popular that everyone knows where they are. Even though our national parks (and many of our state parks) are in the vast, southern part of the state, we don’t consider them “in the boonies” because they’re so well-known. These 12 places are less popular and are definitely out of the way. If you’re willing to drive a little to explore some of Utah’s most interesting spots, take a look at these.
1. Bonneville Seabase
You can snorkel and scuba amongst tropical fish at these remote diving bays. Bonneville Seabase is located along Highway 138, near Grantsville. Visit the
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2. Hell's Backbone Byway
This rugged byway takes you from Escalante to Boulder. This gravel road is only 35 miles long, but you'll need about two hours to make the trip. The Hell's Backbone Bridge is a narrow land bridge with steep drop offs on both sides.
3. Hell's Backbone Grill
Once you've completed the white-knuckle drive across Hell's Backbone, enjoy a meal at the Hell's Backbone Grill. It's a farm-to-table restaurant with delicious food and a friendly vibe.
4. Golden Spike National Historic Site
This historic site is the famous spot where the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined. You might be surprised at how remote the Golden Spike National Historic Site really is. You'll travel 32 miles from Brigham City, to Highway 83.
5. Buckskin Gulch
It's the longest and deepest slot canyon in this part of the country, and arguably, the most beautiful. You'll find Buckskin Gulch on the Utah/Arizona border, in the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness Area.
6. Cisco Ghost Town
You'll find Cisco off the lonely stretch of I-70, near the Utah/Colordo border. When I-70 was built, tourists bypassed this little town, and by the 1990s it was a ghost town. Today, it's an interesting place to explore.
7. Four Corners
The Four Corners area is in the far southeastern corner of Utah, where Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico meet. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere, but it's cool to say that you stood on the border of four states at once!
8. Spiral Jetty
Artist Robert Smithson created this work of art in 1970, but it's not always visible if the water level is too high. That hasn't been a problem for many years now, so head out and take a look. It's about 40 miles from Corinne, along a dirt road.
What Utahn hasn't been to Wendover? Of course, most of us cross the Nevada border and visit West Wendover, with its concert venues, restaurants and casinos. On the Utah side, visit the Historic Wendover Air Field.
10. Hardware Ranch
A trip to Hardware Ranch in the winter is well worth the drive - you'll get up close with a huge herd of Rocky Mountain elk. The ranch is about 15 miles outside of Hyrum, in Blacksmith Fork Canyon.
11. Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort
Located five miles from Marysvale, in Sevier County, Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort is a hidden gem that offers tons to see and do. Rent an ATV for the Paiute ATV trail, go whitewater rafting, eat at the cafe and stay overnight (you can even choose to sleep in a train caboose!)
12. Meadow Hot Springs
Located about five miles from the little town of Meadow, these hot springs are in the middle of a field. They're on private property, but you can visit - just pack out your trash and treat the area with respect.