While Utah’s metropolitan areas offer plenty to see and do, there’s a certain charm to our small towns. Sometimes you need to get away from the noise, pollution and stress of the city and relax in a place where life seems simpler and the locals are laid-back and friendly. Here are 15 of Utah’s small rural towns that are downright delightful.
These small towns are listed alphabetically, because there’s no way we’re going to try to choose favorites!
The teeny tiny town of Bicknell has the most beautiful backyard a town could ever hope for - Capitol Reef National Park! Only 300 or so folks live in this pretty little town. It may be small, but it's packed with rural beauty.
Around 1,400 people call Coalville home, and many of them make their living raising sheep, cattle, or mink, and growing alfalfa or wheat. Located in Summit County, this little town is pretty picturesque.
3. Green River
Nestled on the banks of the river where it gets its name, Green River is a pretty spot along I-70 and it hosts one of the Beehive State's best events: The Melon Days Festival.
Located in Carbon County near the larger town of Price, Helper is a quaint little town with a great history. In addition to being the stomping grounds for Butch Cassidy, it got its name for the helper engines that were used to get trains up and over the steep grade of Price Canyon.
Kamas is the gateway to one of Utah's most beautiful places - the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. It's a pretty, rural town with farms and ranches, and it also has some tasty diners and cafes.
If the idea of hopping on your ATV and hitting the trails is appealing, you definitely need to visit Marysvale. This tiny town of just a few hundred residents is also the gateway to the Paiute ATV trail.
Monroe is home to nearly 2,300 people, but it's surrounded by fields and farms. You'll also find Mystic Hot Springs here, and you'll definitely want to get some soaking time when you visit.
The tiny town of Manila has just a few hundred residents, and you'll find it near the Utah/Wyoming border in Daggett County. With its rural lifestyle, it's the perfect spot for rodeo enthusiasts.
Morgan is one of the largest towns on this list, with nearly 4,000 residents. It's a charming little rural town, home to Browning Arms Company, and just 20 miles from Ogden.
We can't help but love Oakley, with its rolling meadows and hometown vibe. If you love rodeo, you'll want to visit over the Fourth of July.
Panguitch is surrounded by Dixie National Forest, Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This charming little town will captivate you with its adorable main drag and its friendly residents.
You'll find the tiny town of Sterling in Sanpete County. It has fewer than 300 residents, but it's surrounded by natural beauty; Palisade State Park is here, and it's near Six Mile Canyon.
With its tree-line streets, Torrey charms pretty much everyone who stops by for a visit. Famous visitors include Wallace Stegner and Zane Grey, who were both surely inspired by this rustic, quaint town.
Tooele County has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade, but Vernon remains a quiet, rural town. Situated in the southeastern part of the county, Vernon has fewer than 300 residents.
Wallsburg is the perfect little hamlet - situated just a few miles from Heber, but tucked away enough that it's still small. You'll find pretty red barns surrounded by rolling fields, friendly folks, and picturesque views of Mount Timpanogos here.
These are just a few of the Beehive State’s delightful towns. What other towns deserve a mention?