Official State Tourism Site:
Official State Home Page:
National Park Service http://www.nps.gov/parks.html
National Monuments: Cedar Breaks, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges, Rainbow Bridge, Timpanogos
National Parks: Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Glen Canyon Recreation Area, Golden Spike Historic Site, Mormon Pioneer Historic Trail, Pony Express Historic Trail, Zion
Bureau of Land Management www.ut.blm.gov
Information about Bureau of Land Management recreation sites.
Castle Country www.castlecountry.com
Covering Southeastern Utah with information about outdoor adventures, golf courses, trails, photography tours and maps.
Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/state_list.shtml#utah
USDA site for National Forests: Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-LaSal, Uinta and Wasatch-Cache
GORP (Great Outdoor Recreation Pages)
National Parks, Forests and Monuments, State Parks, Recreation areas, ski resorts, The Best Of Utah… Weekend backpacker, Hidden gems of Zion, Utah's Colorado River, Ski Roundup.
USA Desert www.desertusa.com/placestogo/du_utah.html
Parks and monuments, cities and towns, recreation and wilderness areas, and
Utah Canyons http://utahcanyons.com
General information and activities for Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park, Dixie National Forest and Utah State Parks
Utah State Parks and Recreation http://parks.state.ut.us
A listing of State Parks and links to comprehensive information about each
Cities and Towns
Once a booming and raucous silver mine town, this quiet area in the mountains of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest is now renown for excellent snow skiing for all levels of ability. Activities and attractions range from dining to breathtaking backcountry and helicopter tours to massage to a rich variety of cultural events such as art shows, concerts and the week-long Snowflake Festival
Alton Between Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, this town on scenic highway U.S. 89 is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise near Cedar Breaks, Grand Canyon, Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Lake Powell. Area attractions include world-class Brian Head Ski Resort, Moqui Cave, streams, reservoirs, state parks and national monuments offering camping, bird watching, horseback riding, sightseeing and a full spectrum of other activities in some of the world's most beautiful surroundings.
Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine http://www.kennecott.com/
The largest and most productive copper mine in the country, this open pit mine and the Great Wall of China are the only two man-made creations visible from outer space. The visitor center offers a spectacular view of the mining operation, as well as interactive displays, exhibits, and a theater showing a video of mine operation and history.
Blanding was settled in the scenic southeast corner of the state in 1905, amidst some of the regions most dramatic canyon country. Of nearby interest are the 100-mile loop Trail of the Ancients with Anasazi Indian ruins, Hovenweep National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, and Natural Bridges National Monument. Local trading posts offer American Indian arts and crafts.
Dinosaur Museum www.dinosaur-museum.org
Displays include a 275 million-year old fossilized tree, dinosaur skeletons, a 360-pound meteorite, and the Hall of Hollywood Dinosaur Movies exhibit.
Edge of the Cedars State Park constitutes the remnants of an Anasazi Indian village on a ridge overlooking Westwater Canyon, occupied A.D. 750-1200. The museum has cultural exhibits and an outstanding Anasazi pottery collection.
Founded by pioneers in 1880, this town is an oasis in a stark desert setting, shadowed by two towering sandstone turrets in the San Juan River Valley. Many homes in the Historic District have been restored. Nearby attractions include rafting and fishing, skiing and hiking, Pioneer Cemetery ruins, 14-Window Ruin, St. Christopher's Mission amid spectacular red rock cliffs, and some of the most spectacular canyon country in the world.
On a particularly picturesque route which traverses Cannonville and Grand Staircase/Escalante, featuring unusual white slick-rock formations shot with bursts of red, this beautiful rustic area offers activities such as fishing lakes and streams, hunting, hiking desert canyons and mountain trails, cross country skiing, horseback riding and exploring ancient ruins.
Anasazi Indian Village State Park encompasses a partially excavated Anasazi Indian village, inhabited approximately A.D. 1050-1200 and one of the largest Anasazi sites west of the Colorado River. There is a self-guiding tour and a museum displaying pottery and other artifacts.
Brigham City www.utah.com/cities/brigham_city.htm
Named for Brigham Young in 1856, the city with a small town feel, citified conveniences and great golfing sits at the base of the towering Wasatch Mountain Range. The Golden Spike Display, Community Center, and Brigham City Museum-Gallery display artifacts of early Mormon settlement. To the west is the Golden Spike National Historic Site, where the U.S. was joined by rail in 1869, with museum exhibits and interpretive talks. Also nearby is water recreation at the Great Salt Lake and Willard Bay.
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge http://bearriver.fws.gov
The refuge contains 74,000 acres of open water, marshes and uplands, which attract a wide variety of migrating birds. An auto tour allows for viewing wildlife.
Brigham City Museum-Gallery displays pioneer relics, items featuring Brigham City history 1850-1900, plus rotating art exhibits and hands-on children's exhibits.
Brigham City Mormon Tabernacle was begun in 1876 and blends Gothic and neoclassic architecture.
Inspiration Point affords visitors a view of neighboring states from near the top of Mount Baldy.
Cannonville is seven miles from Kodacharome Basin State Park.
Kodachrome Basin State Park This spectacle of massive sandstone chimneys changes colors with the passing of time and shifts in weather, whites to grays to reds. Camping and picnicking areas are available, as well as horse rentals, photography, hiking and biking trails.
Castle Dale Butch Cassidy and other notable outlaws used the towering spires of the San Rafael Swell as their hideout between rustling and hold-ups. Settled in 1875, the area eventually became prosperous with coal mining and farming. San Rafael Swell contains the unusual limestone formations of Goblin Valley State Park
with hiking, picnicking and driving tours.
Museum of San Rafael http://www.castlecountry.com/what_to_do/san_rafael_museum.html
The museum contains dinosaur skeletons and artifacts found in local caves, as well as mounted animal specimens shown in natural habitats.
Pioneer Museum displays pioneer artifacts and re-creations of local establishments.
Originally settled by miners and farmers, this prosperous community is now supported primarily by tourists drawn nearby offerings such as Southern Utah University, the trails of Cedar Breaks National Monument, Brian Head Ski Resort and golf, as well as bountiful cultural activities.
Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery offers changing exhibits, a permanent collection of 19th-century and contemporary paintings, and pottery and textile objects.
Brian Head Ski Resort www.travelwest.net/cities/brianhead
At and elevation of 9,600 feet this extraordinary family ski resort is also an excellent spot for snowboarding and
snow-mobiling. Some of the nation's finest mountain biking trails can be found in the surrounding mountains and forests.
Iron Mission State Park was settled by followers of Brigham Young who established the first iron foundry west of the Mississippi. It operated from 1851-1858. The park displays a horse-drawn vehicle collection, including a bullet-scarred stagecoach from the Butch Cassidy era.
Utah Shakespearean Festival www.bard.org
Tony Award winning festival presents Shakespearean plays and works of two other noted playwrights. Activities include magic and juggling, seminars and storytelling, a Renaissance feast, and Elizabethan music.
Cove Fort Historic Site Constructed of volcanic rock and limestone, the fort served in the late 1800s as a Pony Express stop and way station for travelers. The fort has been restored, and artifacts can be viewed on guided tours.
Founded around 1905 in an area ranging from wide valleys to forest to great basin ranges. The Clear Lake Waterfowl Management Area marshland is inhabited by over a hundred species of birds. Fort Deseret was constructed in 1865 to defend against an Indian uprising that never occurred, so the fortified structure was instead used to house cattle. The Topaz Museum includes a restored barrack from the Topaz Relocation Camp Site, a WWII internment camp used to detain people of Japanese ancestry. The site features a monument, written history and photographs. Water recreation is available at the Gunnison Bend Reservoir.
Great Basin Museum www.millardcounty.com/gbmuseum.html
Exhibits showcase a fine collection of pioneer memorabilia, mining history, fossils, arrowheads and a collection of beryllium. There are also Topaz Relocation Center artifacts.
Welcome to the heart of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, with nearly two million rugged acres of canyons and rock formations in some of the countries last remaining wilderness. This friendly town, near the rock formations of Kaiparowits Plateau and recreational activities of the monument, is a perfect place to base your visit to Utah.
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park provides recreation at Wide Hollow
Reservoir, picnicking, camping, and maintained hiking trails through vast deposits of beautifully colored petrified wood. Backcountry explorers may discover remains of Fremont Indian civilizations dating back 1,000 years, and even fossilized dinosaur bones.
Fairfield This once bustling camp experienced a rush of settlers, army troops and gamblers in the late 1850s. Doomed in 1861 by the outbreak of the Civil war, it is now ghost town.
Camp Floyd and Stagecoach Inn State Park The site of the nation's largest army encampment in 1858, the fort was doomed by the outbreak of the Civil War. Now the site of an archaeological dig, all that remains of the 400 structures are a commissary building and the Johnson Army cemetery. The nearby restored Stagecoach Inn, a rest stop for Pony Express riders, exhibits period items and offers historical interpretation and picnicking.
Fairview Settled in 1859, this town nestled between cedar covered bluffs takes it's name from a sweeping view of the Sanpete Valley.
Quiet and friendly with picturesque pioneer-vintage buildings, it is situated near Mt. Pleasant at the junction of Cottonwood Creek and the San Pitch River.
Fairview Museum of History and Art
Displays include a large collection or miniature carvings, American Indian and pioneer artifacts, plus exhibits by local artists. The Horizon Building was designed specifically to lodge a life-size replica of the Columbian Mammoth whose skeleton was discovered in nearby mountains during construction of Huntington Reservoir Dam in 1988.
Farmington Scenic views of the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island and alpine vistas are found on a 24-mile round trip connecting Bountiful and Farmington. In town, the Utah Botanical Gardens showcases 7-acres of residential landscaping with countless varieties of plants.
Lagoon Park www.lagoonpark.com
This amusement and water park offers rides, slides and entertainment in a 19th century frontier atmosphere.
Filmore Named in honor of President Millard Fillmore, this community was the seat of territorial government west of the Pavant Mountains from 1851-1856. Snug at the base of a beautiful mountain range, activities include stream fishing and famed ATV trails.
Territorial Statehouse State Park The original statehouse building, next door to the American Rose Society Trial Gardens, was the state's first government center of operations, and is the oldest existing governmental building in the state. On display are American Indian and pioneer artifacts, and historic documents.
Fort Duchesne is inhabited by three American Indian tribes and is the Ute Indian Reservation headquarters. Fish are stocked, and hunting is available.
Glendale In a matter of minutes you can arrive at the jewels of The Grand Circle of the Southwest, the highest concentration of national monuments and parks in the country and some of earth's most breathtaking scenery. Only a brief trip reaches the multicolored sandstone monoliths of Zion National Park, hiking and horseback riding among the fantastic formations of Bryce Canyon, rugged cliffs and slot canyons at Grand Staircase-Escalante and boating on Navajo Lake. There is exploring at Mammoth Cave, photography at Coral Pink Sand Dunes, water skiing on Lake Powell, a view two billion years at the Grand Canyon and so much more you'll wish your trip could last forever.
Gouldings The Monument Valley Museum recreates the 1920s trading post and showcases local history, film memorabilia, personal items and photographs.
Green River www.greenriver-utah.com
The rare cold-water Crystal Geyser east of town usually erupts twice a day and reaches up to 100 feet. To the west 45 miles is the Wedge Overlook with a sweeping view of the San Rafael River and the 60-by-30 mile San Rafael Swell, a hollow red dome characterized by gorges and buttes. Guided white water rafting trips are available. An ideal spot for a desert adventure, activities include whitewater rafting and clam floats, backpacking and hiking, horseback and mountain bike riding, golf and 4x4 tours. Surrounded by National and State Parks, BLM and National Forest lands, fossils and dinosaur tracks, Indian ruins and artwork, and the trail used by the outlaw Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch, this area offers something for every king of outdoor explorer.
Goblin Valley State Park www.desertusa.com/gobut/du_gobut_vvc.html
An unpaved road leads to this unique and exotic 3,200 acre park. Discovered by a pioneer in 1920, the valley was created by layered sandstone and mud, carved by water and wind into thousands of rock formations resembling colorful stone goblins, figurines and hoodoos. There is excellent hiking here and at nearby Little Wild Horse Canyon and Temple Mountain, which is a former uranium-mining site.
John Wesley Powell River History Museum displays maps and photographs depicting geological formation and exploration of the area.
Heber City www.cyber-mountain.com/hebercity
Nestled in a beautiful valley, this rural community was founded by an advisor to Brigham Young in 1859. Activities include glider and sailplane rides, dogsled races, and snowmobiling.
Heber Valley Railroad www.hebervalleyrr.org
Journey on a magnificent historic steam train, used in many movies and TV episodes, across the valley floor, around the shore of Deer Creek Lake, then through the breathtaking Provo Canyon. Special events include a dinner train, blue grass music, murder mysteries and dances.
Helper took its name in 1870 from the additional engines required to push heavy coal-bearing trains over Soldier Summit. During a boom in the late 1800's, it was a melting pot of coal miners from 21 different nations.
Western Mining and Railroad Museum in the historic district exhibits railroad equipment, photographs, and mining tools detailing area history, and the steps on which Butch Cassidy robbed the coal company in 1897. A large collection of Depression era WPA artwork and a 1917 railroad caboose are on display.
Hurricane was named for the jagged 7,000 foot Hurricane Fault towering above the town. A hub surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the nation, this is a great starting point when heading to Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon State Parks, Lakes Powell or Mead, or Brian Head Ski Resort. Popular with fishing, golf and water sport enthusiasts.
Hurricane Valley Heritage Park, Pioneer and Indian Museum
Displays include American Indian and settler artifacts and an exhibit about the building of the Hurricane canal.
This peaceful community lies at the foot of profound red rock cliffs, fortress walls whose colors change as the day passes to a flaming sunset. Called "Park Central", it is minutes away from a tremendous array of five state and national parks, three national monuments, a national recreation, and is surrounded by two national forests and a BLM wilderness area. A recent claim to fame, this "Little Hollywood" has been the backdrop for hundreds of movies and TV episodes. With year-round tourism opportunities, a broad range of recreational activities, rich history showcased by a walking tour through beautiful 1800's pioneer homes, and a wide variety of restaurants, galleries and shops, there is truly something here for everyone.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary www.bestfriends.com
One of the largest shelters for domestic animals in the country. Van tours provide visits with animals in the 350-acre facility.
Frontier Movie Town www.onlinepages.net/frontier_movie_town/
Offers original movie sets, museum, Western town, and a Western dinner show.
Moqui Cave www.so-utah.com/grand/kanab/moqui
Features a replica of nearby cliff dwellings, fluorescent minerals, relocated dinosaur tracks and American Indian artifacts.
Lake Powell See Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and GORP web page
Lehi The John Hutchings Museum of Natural History Exhibits include fossils, American Indian and pioneer artifacts, an extensive mineral collection and Butch Cassidy's sawed-off shot gun.
Logan In a prehistoric lake bed, the focal point this valley town by the Logan River is its Mormon Temple and genealogy library. Nearby are an elk feeding station, recreation at Bear Lake, and crafts and activities at the American West Heritage Center.
Daughters Of Utah Pioneers Museum features exhibits and wool-working demonstrations.
Jensen Living Historic Farm is 126 acres of farmlands and structures resembling a 1917 Mormon farm. Demonstrations and special events are offered.
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art features permanent and changing exhibits of ceramics and paintings.
Willow Park Zoo is home to more than 100 bird species, some residents and some migrating through, and 12 mammal species, as well as a variety of turtles and fish.
Mexican Hat Named for a sombrero shaped, 2,500-ton boulder .
Goosenecks State Park Spectacular views into the looping 1,000-foot-deep gorge carved by the meandering San Juan River, which goosenecks for five miles, nearly doubling back over itself several times.
Overlooking the Colorado River from the base of red cliffs, this area was frequented by such notables as Butch Cassidy and Zane Grey, as well as movie production companies. A gateway to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, guided tours are available by water, air, auto, horseback and foot. With mild weather and nearness to natural splendors, Moab is a favored tourist destination.
Bar M Chuckwagon www.moab-utah.com/chuckwagon
A Western town re-creation offering Old West entertainment and dining.
Butch Cassidy's King World Waterpark
Paddle boat in the Watering Hole, or enjoy the slides, arcade and picnic areas at this 17-acre oasis constructed in the same canyon once used by Cassidy's Wild Bunch to tend rustled livestock. Petroglyphs and mysterious carved messages adorn nearby boulders.
Dead Horse Point State Park, the final resting place of a herd of wild Mustangs, offers a sweeping vista of the colorful cliffs, buttes, and pinnacles of the 2,000-foot Colorado River canyons.
Hole 'N The Rock Excavated from solid sandstone, this 5,000 square foot home took 20 years to complete.
Moab's Skyway Scenic Chairlift A 12-minute chairlift ride to the 1,000-foot Moab Rim features remarkable views of Arches National Monument, Moab and the Colorado River. Lighted evening rides, viewing deck, hiking and biking trails available.
Monticello This cool summer getaway sheltered at the base of the beautiful Abajo Mountains plays host to July Pioneer Days, August County Fair and Rodeo, historic replicas in Pioneer Park and entries to spectacular scenic byways and back-ways. Popular day trips include Canyon Rims Recreation Area, Lowry Ruin, the Anasazi Heritage Center, Canyonlands National Park, Needles and Anticline Overlooks, Manti-La Sal National Forest, and Mesa Verde National Park.
Anasazi Pueblo www.anasazi-digs.com
One of the nation's largest privately owned archaeological sites. Under the supervision of a professional archaeologist, visitors to this extensive site excavate in search of authentic artifacts such as pottery and arrowheads. Artifacts may be retained by the discoverer, or may be donated to the on-site museum.
Newspaper Rock is the site of an ancient American Indian pictograph and petroglyph mural.
This large city is an important railroad distribution center settled by Mormon pioneers in 1847. Activities include strolling the grounds of the Tabernacle and Temple, Pioneer Days Rodeo and Celebration during late July, and Weber State University's Ott Planetarium. The nearby Willard Bay State Recreation Area, ski resorts and the eroded Ogden Canyon offer recreation and exploring.
Eccles Community Art Center www.ogden4arts.org
Features works by Utah artists.
Eccles Dinosaur Park www.dinosaurpark.org
Enter the earth inhabited by fierce predators and graceful herbivores of the prehistoric past at this six-acre outdoor museum, featuring lifelike sculptures and sounds. Educational programs, special events and birthday parties available.
Hill Aerospace Museum www.hill.af.mil/museum
Indoor/outdoor exhibit featuring aircraft, missiles and other weapons as well as an evolving film detailing the recovery and restoration process of an airplane that crashed in Alaska.
Museum of Natural History on the Weber State University Campus features an exhibit dedicated to 19th century explorer John Wesley Powell as well as other geologic and scientific displays.
Treehouse Children's Museum on the 2nd floor of city hall has a tree house, interactive exhibits and a storybook village.
Union Station is a museum, theater and gallery complex dedicated to U.S. railroad history.
Panguitch At 6,700 feet in Bryce Canyon Country, this town offers a mild climate, shopping and museums in the Historic District, and a perfect base for a vacation getaway. Surrounded by a tremendous variety of attractions and spectacular scenery, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Dixie National Forest, Zion and Capitol Reef National Parks, and Kodachrome Basin State Park are all nearby. It is also near to the world-class Brian Head Ski Resort.
Panguitch-Escalante-Boulder Scenic Drive Rated one of the 10 most scenic highways by Car and Driver Magazine, this 120-mile drive neighbors one of the nation's largest unsurveyed wildernesses, wending through breathtaking country in Bryce Canyon, Escalante and Boulder.
Panguitch Lake www.panguitchlake.net
This sparkling mountain lake resort at 8,400 feet is ideal for year-round fishing. Boats are available for rent, and there are 10 miles of shoreline, hiking, mountain biking, area stream fishing, horseback riding and cross country skiing. Fly fishing is exceptional in the fall, as are the beautiful country and autumn forest colors.
Paunsaguant Western Wildlife Museum displays hundreds of mounted animal specimens, fossils, butterflies and artifacts.
Park City www.parkcityinfo.com
Founded as a prosperous silver mining town, it is now a year-round recreation destination, a popular snow skiing venue, and will be hosting several events during the Winter Olympic Games in 2002. An intimate destination for travelers, old Victorian houses still stand, and Main Street remains largely unchanged. There's something for everyone with hot air balloon rides, breathtaking mountain scenery,
galleries, theater, ice skating, fly fishing, dog sledding, and the world-renown Sundance Film Festival.
Kimball Art Center http://kimball-art.org
Works by local and national artists in three galleries.
Park City Museum and Territorial Jail features the town history.
Park City Silver Mine Adventure offers a 1,500 foot descent in a miners cage followed by an ore train tour of the compressor and hoist rooms. A museum at the entrance presents interactive exhibits, films and equipment,
Utah Olympic Park www.saltlake2002.com
The site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and Arts Festival, information on events and venues, children's activities, recreational tours and rides.
This prosperous mining and farming district was once a popular stop for the Brown's Hole Gang and Butch Cassidy's Wild
Bunch. The headquarters for Manti-La Sal National Forest is in town.
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry south of town has produced 12,000 bones of both plant eaters and predators, many of which have been shipped to museums around the world. Visitor center, picnic area and nature trail available.
College Of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum
An 11,500-year-old mammoth skeleton, Indian artifacts, a raptor exhibit, minerals and fossils are featured.
Provo lies on the south bank of the Provo River and shadowed by mountain ranges, and is the southern terminus of scenic US 189
through the Unita National Forest. Home to the 634-acre Brigham Young University, the gold-spired Provo Mormon Temple, the Sundance Ski Resort and water sports at Deer Creek
Reservoir in Provo Canyon.
BYU Earth Science Museum http://cpms.byu.edu/ESM
World-class Jurassic dinosaur fossil collection.
BYU Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
Mounted displays, films and live reptile shows are offered.
BYU Museum of Art www.byu.edu/moa
Galleries house local, 19th-century and European paintings as well as paintings and ceramics by staff and students. Theatrical and musical productions are presented.
BYU Museum of Peoples and Culture
Changing exhibits represent the work of a large number of American Indian tribes, with special focus on the Central American Mayas. Also displayed are items from the Middle East and elsewhere.
McCurdy Historical Doll Museum Three thousand dolls in a variety of costume themes are exhibited, along with antique toys and games.
Richfield Settled in 1864, this agricultural valley ringed by stunning snow covered peaks and red rock mountains offers visitors small town ambiance as well as shopping, golf, dining, cultural attractions and outdoor recreational opportunities. Part of Panoramaland, it is a hub to several close by National Forests and Parks with hiking, mountain biking and fishing. Nearby are ancient Indian ruins, multicolored rock formations of Big Rock Candy Mountain, ATV trails, Cove Fort, and lake fishing and recreation.
Fremont Indian State Park www.desertusa.com/freut/
Protects 2,000-year-old American Indian petroglyphs and archeological sites, and offers an interpretive museum featuring area heritage and artifacts. Forty
pit houses and numerous other ruins occupied by Sevier Fremont villagers from 1000 AD to 1250 AD have been discovered, and tours are available.
Roosevelt This rural paradise nestled in the Northeastern region of the state offers self-guiding tours of area petroglyphs, a Rock Creek tour, and a 60-mile Elkhorn Loop trip.
Whiterocks State Fish Hatchery supplies trout to area rivers, reservoirs and lakes. Tours available.
St. George www.sgcity.org
Surrounded by orange and vermilion mesas and bluffs, this area was settled during the Civil War and here the state's first Mormon Temple was built. An ideal starting point for trips to natural treasures, it is home to numerous historic sites and the Tuacahn Amphitheatre and Center for the Arts, offering original and Broadway productions in a large outside theater.
Brigham Young Winter Home www.utah.com/mormon/by_winter_home.htm
and Jacob Hamblin Home Tours are offered of these late 1800's homes with 19th century furnishings built for notable Mormon pioneers.
Snow Canyon State Park Red sandstone canyon walls bearing Indian pictographs distinguish themselves from white sandstone and black lava rock formations. Camping available.
Salt Lake City www.visitsaltlake.com
Mormon pioneers seeking religious freedom settled this spectacular area at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in the 1840's. South of the Great Salt Lake and east of the Great Salt Lake Desert, it is now the political, cultural and religious capital of Utah. With an impressive array of 19th- and early 20th -century architecture, its finest buildings are ecclesiastical, from Temple Square to houses once occupied by Brigham Young. Known for its wide variety of year-round recreation and sports, such as major ski resorts, boating at the large reservoirs and the Great Salt Lake, it
was host to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Genealogy research, Brigham Young's grave, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir are popular activities, as are the 15 National Parks and Monuments within a days drive.
Antelope Island In the midst of the Great Salt Lake, the island offers something for all tastes. Thirty miles of hiking, horseback and bicycle trails, wildlife including bison, antelope and bobcat, and beaches known for their fine, soft sand.
Beehive House Restored residence of Brigham Young with period furnishings.
Children's Museum of Utah www.childmuseum.org
Hands-on discovery museum with interactive playground, exhibits, workshops, performances and outreach programs.
Family History Library One of the largest genealogical libraries in the world.
Family Search Center www.familysearch.org
Millions of worldwide records and step-by-step research guidance assist you in discovering your ancestors.
Fort Douglas Military Museum www.fortdouglas.org
On the grounds of the 9,000-acre 1862 fort, exhibits include historic and current uniforms and artillery pieces.
Great Salt Lake The 2nd saltiest body of water on the planet (behind the Dead Sea), this 2,000-square-mile lake in northern Utah is 28 feet at its deepest spot. A great place for picnicking and swimming, the salt content causes a human body to float effortlessly. To the west is the Great Salt Lake Desert, the bed of an ancient lake and the site of the Bonneville Speedway, where many land-speed records have been set. Golden Spike National Historic Site (See Four Corners National Monument), located at Promontory Point on the north side of the lake, marks the first transcontinental railroad link.
Hansen Planetarium www.hansenplanetarium.net
Features include star shows, music/laser concerts, planetarium store and science exhibits. A great location for special events and group meetings.
Hogle Zoo www.hoglezoo.org
Enjoy hundreds of exotic animals, imaginative tours, exhibits and art shows, plus diverse recreation, education and conservation programs.
Liberty Park The 100-acre grounds offer a children's amusement park, tennis courts, pool and an aviary. Also on the site is the 1853 Young/Chase home housing a folk art museum.
Museum of Church History and Art Mormon history 1820 to date is examined through films and exhibits from around the world.
Pioneer Memorial Museum This replica of the Salt Lake Theater and the adjacent carriage barn house antique vehicles and equipment, textiles, dolls and 19th-century furniture.
Raging Waters is a water park with 17 acres of pools, slides and a roller coaster.
Red Butte Garden www.redbuttegarden.org/
More than 150 acres of gardens and natural area features over 20,000 plants including 1,500 species, and year round activities such as outdoor concert series, tours, Summer Sunset Series and South African Grand Circle Safari.
Salt Lake Art Center Lectures and films, sculpture garden, and changing contemporary art exhibits from around the globe.
Temple Square Memorials, monuments and the most impressive buildings of the Mormon Church are found here, including the 1853 Temple and the 6,500-seat Tabernacle with one of the world's finest organs. Organ recitals are held daily and the choir performs once a week.
Tracy Aviary www.tracyaviary.org
Open to the public in Liberty Park since 1938, more than 7 acres house approximately 400 birds of about 135 species, many of which are rare or endangered. In an interactive setting, educational programs focus on science and natural history, and natural science classes, lectures and workshops are available for children and adults.
Utah Museum of Natural History www.umnh.utah.edu
At the University of Utah, impressive collections encompass paleontology, archaeology and natural history, as well as objects relating to anthropology, biology and geology.
Utah State Historical Society Museum This restored train station offers photograph and research libraries, and changing exhibits showcasing Utah history.
This small town sits at the hub of outdoor attractions and activities for every season, the perfect place to headquarter your vacation. Choose from hiking and biking, golfing and camping, swimming and horseback riding, rock climbing and bird watching, photography and fishing, exploring and stargazing, relaxing and rejuvenating. The charming main street is dotted with galleries, shops and restaurants. With marvelous natural treasures, live theater, concerts and a wealth of human history within easy reach, there's something for everyone here.
O.C. Tanner Amphitheater Natural acoustics are provided by the surrounding mountains at this 2,000-seat outdoor arena offering concerts and the multimedia production "The Grand Circle: A National Park Odyssey".
Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater Showings on the six-story high screen include "Zion Canyon-Treasure of the Gods" and other productions featuring surrounding
Springville Founded in 1850 in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains, edged by the Utah Lake.
Springville Museum of Art Thirteen galleries exhibit permanent and changing works by Utah artisans, a collection of USSR paintings, and the Utah Photographic Art Reference Archive, chronicling the history of art in Utah.
Only 20 minutes from Salt Lake City, this area offers outdoor adventure for hikers and mountain bikers on miles of scenic trails through varied terrain and breathtaking scenery.
Benson Grist Mill Built in 1854 under the supervision of a Mormon church apostle, the site also
features an 1870's cabin, a museum, the miller's home and a 1920 blacksmith shop.
Tooele County Railroad Museum houses a steam engine, dining car, several cabooses, children's train and simulated mine. Exhibits feature the history of railroading, smelting and local mining.
Tooele Pioneer Hall and Log Cabin This 1867 rock building houses the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, and is adjacent to one of the first cabins built in town circa 1855.
Torrey This picturesque town between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon lies in some of the country's most ruggedly beautiful landscape. Area activities include bike tours, horseback riding in the canyons, scenic byways, exploring ancient rock art, a nature walk to a 126 foot high waterfall and more in an area of stunning color and breathtaking scenery.
Tropic Founded by pioneers in 1892, this unspoiled town lies in an area of abundant wildlife a short drive from unlimited recreation and spectacular sightseeing at Bryce Canyon, Kodachrome Basin, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Dixie National Forest. In the heart of Southern Utah's most profound scenery, it is within an easy day's drive of a National Recreation area, three State Parks and four National Parks and National Monuments.
Vernal With many different exposed strata and American Indian petroglyphs nearby, this is an area of particular geologic interest. Natural treasures and abundant wildlife are enjoyed on river float trips, and scenic self-guided tours including Dinosaur National Monument and Dry Fork Canyon.
Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery provides trout to streams and lakes in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. The Green River can be reached by a 3.5 mile hiking trail.
Utah Field House of Natural History The gardens recreate dinosaur habitat including swamps, rocky area and a small lake. Next door is a museum containing fossils, artifacts and minerals.
Western Heritage Museum Exhibits include Old West memorabilia, pioneer displays and a very large collection of Ute and Fremont Indian artifacts. On site are a convention center, equestrian center, art gallery, amphitheater and playground.
American West Heritage Center www.americanwestcenter.org
Celebrate a century of the West as you step into the past to spin wool and do quilting, watch horse-powered farming, milk a cow or help build a log cabin. Special events such as Folk Arts, Western Horse Days, Heritage Week, Storytelling of the West, and Fall Harvest Day fill the busy calendar.
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American Fork in the shadow of 11,750-foot Mount Timpanogos, the largest body of fresh water in the vicinity, offers water sports, duck hunting, and spectacular autumn foliage. Area attractions include the American Fork Canyon, Bridal Veil Falls and Timpanogos Cave National Monument.
Arches National Park offers the world's largest collection of natural stone arches, created by an erosion process in the sandstone plateau which began 150 million years ago. The arches, impossible balanced rocks, red rock canyons and spires are particularly colorful in the morning and evening light, and may be viewed from the road or more closely by foot, bike and horseback trails. Of special interest near the visitor center are the North Window and South Window, Double Arch and Turret Arch.
Ashley National Forest Home to the Uintas Mountain Range and High Wilderness, Flaming Gorge Dam, the sensational Red Canyon of the Green River, and 13,528-foot Kings Peak. Activities include hunting and fishing and water sports, hiking, scenic drives, and improved or back country camping. Billions of years of geological history lie exposed on the Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway and in the Sheep Creek Canyon Geological Area.
Brighton Ski Resort www.skibrighton.com/
At almost 9,000 feet at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, this year-round resort is only 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. With skiing, snowboarding and more visitors find something for the whole family.
Bryce Canyon National Park Erosion has carved some of the Earth's most colorful rocks into thousands of pillars and other extravagant forms in this series of horseshoe-shaped arenas etched in the edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau by river tributaries. A 37-mile round-trip road follows the rim to many spectacular vista points including Bryce and Inspiration Points and the Natural Bridge. Canyon trail rides are available, and hiking trails afford breathtaking views.
Canyonlands National Park This rugged park is Utah's largest, with towering spires, deeply eroded canyons and sheer-sided mesas offering world-renowned opportunity for 4-wheel driving, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and hiking. The powerful junction of the Green and Colorado rivers in multicolored Cataract Canyon divides the park into three separate regions, each with it's own distinct personality. The north features views from a huge level mesa, while the southeast offers unusual rock formations and spires overshadowing meadowlands. The western district is the most rugged and remote with fine American Indian pictograph panels.
Capitol Reef National Park with reef-like cliffs capped by formations of white sandstone is home to a spectacular section of the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile display of the folding and eroding that shaped the Earth's surface. Above the Fremont River, brilliantly colored cliffs rise 1,000 feet and ancient
petroglyph panels can be found in the midst of the red rocks. Scenic drives and hiking trails offer dramatic views.
Cedar Breaks National Monument www.go-utah.com
Eroded to nearly 2,500 feet deep, this giant limestone amphitheater is ringed with ragged painted walls, colorful arches, columns and spires. There are hiking trails around the 10,000-foot-elevation rim, where visitors observe mule deer grazing in the meadows and resplendent summer wildflower displays. In the winter, this is a premier
snow-mobiling and cross-country skiing destination.
Dinosaur National Monument www.areaparks.com/dinosaur
This 325-square-mile area of deep gorges carved in colorful sandstone along the Tampa and Green rivers showcases fossilized dinosaur bones exposed in a sandstone cliff, one of the largest concentrations of bone fossils in the world. The visitor center and Carnegie Museum of Natural History display skeletons, thousands of bones, and related exhibits. Also a popular area for white water rafting.
Dixie National Forest is 1,900,000 acres of spruce and ponderosa pine adjacent to or encompassing Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef national parks, and Cedar Breaks and Grand Staricase-Escalante national monuments. Activities include nature trails, horseback riding, stocked streams and lakes and camping in areas such as Navajo Lake, Markagunt Plateau, Brian Head Peak and Duck Creek Recreation Area.
Fishlake National Monument Over 130 lakes and streams, red desert and alpine country can be found in this 1,434,599-acre forest. Fish Lake and Johnson Reservoir both offer boat launch ramps, fishing camping and picnicking. Elk and deer hunting are permitted, and there are trails for hiking, ATV, mountain bike and horseback riding.
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area Ringed by red rock mountains, the Lake Flaming Gorge is renowned for trophy-size trout, and the green river flowing through the Red and Flaming Gorge canyons for trout fishing and rafting. Of particular interest is the exposed strata in Sheep Creek Geological Loop and Firehole Canyon. Activities include seasonal hunting, camping, hiking, water sports, ice fishing and cross-country skiing.
Four Corners National Mounument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area extends from Grand Canyon to Canyonlands National Parks. Shared with Arizona, Lake Powell is the main attraction with hundreds of side canyons protecting Indian ruins and natural wonders. Boating, bass fishing, camping and photography are some favorite activities. The Glen Canyon Dam is one of the highest in the country.
Golden Spike National Historic Site www.utah.com/nationalsites/golden_spike.htm
marks the intersection of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific rails to form the nation's first transcontinental railroad. Driving a golden spike completed the connection on May 10, 1869 and an annual reenactment celebrates this anniversary. Steam locomotives are on display.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument consists of 1.9 million acres connecting Bryce Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Spectacular geological formations such as colorful cliffs and mesas, natural bridges, arches and two major canyon systems have been carved by rivers running through this mostly rugged, remote and undeveloped country. Archeological sites offer prehistoric dwellings, rock art, fossils and petrified wood. Plentiful wildlife includes mountain lions, bighorn sheep, bears and a large number of bird species including bald eagles.
Hovenweep National Monument A sizable population of prehistoric Pueblo Indians once inhabited these remote abandoned canyons and mesas north of the San Juan River. Evidence of their presence is found in 6 well-preserved ruin villages with the crumbled remains of cliff dwellings, towers, and multi-roomed pueblos.
Manti-La Sal National Forest In southeastern Utah, the 1,200,000 plus acres are divided into three distinct sections, each with it's own spectacular personality. From narrow canyons to meadows, red rock country to high mountain plateaus, visitors enjoy a wide variety of activities and an abundance of wildlife.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Several thousand acres within the Navajo Reservation are home to the isolated, giant red sandstone monoliths of Mystery Valley. Visitor center, camping, plus guided and self-guided tours are available.
Natural Bridges National Monument Almost 8,000 scenic acres west of Blanding envelop the winding Armstrong and White canyons and their focal points, three massive bridges eroded by water and time. Viewing from overlooks, short walks, and round-trip 8.6-mile hiking trail or 9-mile scenic drive. A slide show and geological and historical exhibits may be seen at the visitor center.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area north of the border of Arizona, this is the worlds largest known natural bridge. In the shape of a rainbow, it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and regarded as hallowed ground by many American Indian tribes.
Timpanogos Cave National Monument On the north slope of 11,750-foot Mount Timpanogos in the American Fork Canyon, these three lighted limestone caves with spectacular growing formations average 45 degrees F and almost 100 percent humidity. A strenuous 1.5-mile foot-path from the visitor center leads to the cave entrance 1,065 feet above the canyon floor. The round trip including a cave tour takes about 3 hours, and an introductory film is available on request.
Uinta National Forest Approximately 950,000 acres of mountainous timber partially encircling Provo, the forest encompasses Mount Timpanogos, lake and reservoir recreation areas with marinas and camping facilities, scenic drives in three wilderness areas, and miles of groomed snowmobile trails.
Wasatch-Cache National Forest Over 1,200,000 acres along the Uinta, Stansbury and Wasatch ranges embracing some of the tallest peaks in Utah. With terrain ranging from desert to high peaks to meadowland, this is an important habitat for fish and wildlife, including endangered bald eagle and peregrine falcon. Highlights include Logan Canyon, Mirror Lake at the base of Bald Mountain, over a thousand miles of hiking and skiing trails, hundreds of glacial lakes, notable ski resorts, hunting, and 110 campgrounds and picnic areas.
Zion National Park www.zioncanyon.com
Spectacular deep canyons, engraved in the red and white sandstone by river waters to expose layers of ancient strata, rocks formed a million years ago and eroded into towering formations, sculpted mesas and rocky washes make up the 147,000 acres that draw millions of visitors each year. Camping, easy walks and strenuous hikes, horseback and bicycle riding are some of the favored activities. The natural arch at Bridge Mountain, the Angels Landing and Canyon Overlook trails, the huge natural amphitheater of Temple of Sindawa and the Great White Throne, a towering monolith gradually changing hues from it's white top to the red base are points of particular interest.