Utah July 09, 2016
14 Once-In-A-Lifetime Adventures You Can Only Have In Utah
With our thousands of hiking trails, hundreds of lakes and countless other recreation and entertainment opportunities in Utah, you’ll certainly never be bored. However, some adventures are more unique than others. These 14 adventures offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for Utah-only fun.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. See The Stars Like You've Never Seen Them
Natural Bridges National Monument is the first certified International Dark Sky Park in the world. The lack of artificial light makes the night stars more visible - it’s an amazing evening!
2. Participate In The Largest Holi Festival In The Western Hemisphere
You might not ever imagine that the largest Hindu festival in the Western hemisphere is right here in Utah...but here it is! Visit the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork every spring for the Color Festival.
3. Float Like A Cork In The Biggest Salt Water Lake In The Western Hemisphere
The Great Salt Lake is so salty that you can float like a cork. Visit Bridger Bay Beach at Antelope Island, which offers restrooms, water fountains and showers.
4. Visit Mars (The Utah Version)
Or, at least a facsimile of the planet...Goblin Valley is often compared to the surface of Mars. Having never seen Mars, I can’t comment on whether that’s accurate...but Goblin Valley is definitely weird (and amazing!)
5. See The Heaviest Living Organism On The Planet
Pando, a colony of quaking aspen in the Fishlake National Forest, is estimated to weigh 6,600 tons. It has approximately 40,000 trunks (the “trees” are all part of one organism) and is about 80,000 years old.
6. Stay In A Haunted, Historic Hotel
The historic Ben Lomond Suites in Ogden is Utah’s last remaining “Grand Hotel.” Built in 1927, it’s supposedly haunted by several spirits who died there over the years.
7. Explore Buckskin Gulch
It’s possibly the longest slot canyon in the country, and stunning to boot.
8. Sail On Utah Lake
You don’t need an ocean to take a cruise on a sailboat. Bonneville School of Sailing offers sailing lessons and cruises.
9. Hike To Angel’s Landing
It’s a somewhat nerve-wracking hike up the spine of the mountain to Angel’s Landing, but this one-of-a-kind view is well worth it.
10. Walk In The Footsteps Of Dinosaurs
Hike the Red Fleet Dinosaur Trackway, which has several hundred dinosaur tracks you can see up-close. It’s located inside Red Fleet State Park in Vernal.
11. Scuba Dive Or Snorkel In A Crater
Visit the Homestead Resort, where you can scuba dive or snorkel in the geothermal spring crater.
12. Fly Down The Mountain On A Bobsled
Head for the Utah Olympic Park, where you can strap yourself into a bobsled and fly down the track at 60 mph.
13. Party On A Houseboat
Rent a houseboat on Lake Powell and explore dozens of canyons and waterways.
14. Check Out The Most Photographed Ghost Town In The West
Utah has tons of cool ghost towns, but the most popular is Grafton.
In the mood for even more adventures? Check out these 15 Stunning Utah Places To Explore .