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1. Arches National Park
In addition to the famous Delicate Arch, Arches National Park has more than 2,000 natural arches to explore! This is Skyline Arch.
2. Lone Peak Wilderness Area
This 30,576-acre wilderness area is rugged and beautiful. It’s managed by both the Salt Lake Ranger District and the Pleasant Grove Ranger District. On the Salt Lake Side, six trail systems covering 14 miles make it easy to explore; on the Pleasant Grove side, 8 trail systems cover 32 miles. High peaks include Lone Peak and Little Matterhorn.
3. Ogden Valley
Nestled between Ogden and Weber Canyons, you’ll find Ogden Valley - a tranquil, beautiful spot full of exploration opportunities. In the summer, hang out at Pineview Reservoir, where you can fish, boat and waterski. In the winter, ski and snowboard at Snowbasin. Visit the monks at Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity. You’ll also find Utah’s oldest operating bar, Shooting Star Saloon, which opened in 1879.
4. Salt Lake City Cemetery
This vast cemetery in Utah’s capital city is full of history. Walk through it and discover some of Utah’s most interesting residents. Previous governors, pioneers, LDS Church leaders, musicians, inventors and more are interred here. Some of the most famous include Porter Rockwell, Heber Manning Wells (Utah’s first governor), U.S. Senator Frank Moss and Larry H. Miller.
5. Deseret Peak Wilderness Area
You’ll find the Deseret Peak Wilderness Area in the west side of the state, in Tooele County. Spanning 25,050 acres in the Stansbury mountains, it’s a playground for backpackers and deer hunters.
6. Zion National Park
Zion is Utah’s most visited park, and it has lots to offer. Spend time exploring The Subway, The Narrows, Kolob Canyons or any one of Zion's many hiking trails.
7. High Uintas Wilderness Area
Spanning 456,705 acres, this vast area offers several of Utah’s highest peaks, alpine lakes, streams and meadows. Explore on foot or horseback.
8. Canyonlands National Park
Explore the universe at Canyonlands National Park - one of the darkest places in the country to view stars. Ways to explore include river rafting, technical climbing, backpacking and hiking. Check out the Puebloan ruins and learn about some of Utah’s first residents.
9. Bryce Canyon National Park
On a clear day in Bryce Canyon National Park, visitors can see over 100 miles across a vast expanse of Utah wilderness that includes some incredibly beautiful scenery. Bryce’s hoodoos are rich in color and fascinating in detail.
10. Capitol Reef National Park
Explore the Waterpocket Fold, a wrinkle in the earth’s crust that extends for 100 miles and check out the dome-shaped white Navajo sandstone formations. Cathedral Valley’s monoliths are worthy of in-depth exploration as well.
11. Dinosaurland National Monument
Visit Vernal to walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs and explore some of Utah’s largest, scariest residents. The Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry offers more than 1,500 partially-excavated dinosaur bones and fossils - and you can even touch some of them! Explore the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum to learn even more.
Explore our mining history in one of Utah’s best-preserved ghost towns. The town had over 6,000 residents during its silver mining boom in the late 1800s and featured at least 20 saloons, gambling halls and brothels. A major mine collapse in 1885 left the residents without work, and Frisco became a ghost town. The beehive-shaped charcoal furnaces are on the National Register of Historical Places. You’ll find Frisco off SR-21, northwest of Milford.
13. Antelope Island
Visitors who simply drive around the island often miss some of its best features. Spend some time hiking or cycling around and you’ll likely find tons of wildlife. Check out the bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and of course...pronghorn antelope.