Utah Vacation Ideas

Utah Vacation Ideas #1: Ouray National Wildlife Bird Refuge is an excellent location for bird watching or just enjoying nature. Located in the desert of northeastern Utah it is a breeding, resting, and feeding area for birds. There is an auto tour route to the scenic Leota Bluff overlook. All trails and roads are open to hiking, biking and horseback riding.


Utah Vacation Ideas #2: Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is an adventure resort for those of you who wish to get a little physical on your vacation. It is located high on a forest plateau looking down on Zion National Park.

Here you can learn the basics of climbing and rappelling. Then when you are ready, you can rappel down into a 125-foot deep, red rock slot canyon. No matter your age or experience you can tackle the 40-feet high climbing and rappelling wall attached to the indoor/outdoor recreation barn.


Utah Vacation Ideas #3: The Rosenbruch World Wildlife Museum, in Saint George, will allow you to experience over 200 species of wildlife from around the world in their natural habitat.

The wide screen, 200-seat theater gives you another look at the world's wildlife. There is a two-story mountain with two live waterfalls. Hidden speakers provide animal sounds and periodically simulated thunder and lightning storms give you an experience to remember.


Utah Vacation Ideas #4: Southern Utah Hot-Air Balloon Excursions will provide you with some quality time floating peacefully through the sky in a hot-air balloon. Enjoy the Utah landscape from a birds-eye perspective on a trip to southern Utah. Take a sunrise balloon flight over the beautiful, picturesque town of St. George. After the post flight celebration, they will take you to some recently discovered Dinosaur Tracks then to a remote spot to view ancient Indian rock drawings.
Utah Vacation Ideas #5: For a fly fishing vacation in Utah go to Boulder Mountain. The area is a fly fisherman's paradise. There are over 80 high mountain alpine lakes, streams and beaver ponds. Boulder Mountain Fly-fishing, in Boulder Utah, offers guided fly fishing trips. You can fish from the secluded shoreline of small ponds or from a float tube or boat on the larger lakes.
Utah Vacation Ideas #6: Park City Utah ski vacation .... there are three fantastic ski resorts in Park City.
  • Park City Mountain Resort is great for a Utah family vacation with a wide selection of terrain from beginner to expert.
  • The Canyons Resort is one of the five largest ski resorts in the country with trails covering eight mountains.
  • Deer Valley was named the #1 ski resort in North America by the readers of SKI magazine in 2001.

Utah Vacation Ideas #7: Moab is a small resort town on the banks of the Colorado River in South East Utah. This is a great vacation spot that is surrounded by lots of places to visit. Only 5 miles north of Moab is the world's largest concentration of natural sandstone arches in Arches National Park. Just 35 miles to the west is Canyonlands National Park with its spectacular views of southeastern Utah from the top of the 1500 foot high mesa, Island in the Sky.

Nearby Deadhorse Point State Park has miles of developed hiking trails. For excellent scenic drives you can't beat Colorado River Scenic Byway and Potash Scenic Byway 279< as they meander past the colorful cliffs and massive red stone formations of the Colorado River Gorge.

Moab has a vibrant downtown, a thriving art community and lots of outfitters and guides that can help you and the family fully enjoy the adventure and outdoor activities that this beautiful area offers.

Moab is a popular vacation spot .... the active hub of outdoor activities and sightseeing for a memorable Utah summer vacation. Take a 4x4 off-road .... tour The Arches National Park or Canyon National Park .... go rafting on the Green River, Canyon River or Colorado River ....horseback riding .... skydiving. A vacation in Moab offers world-class rafting, hiking, biking, camping and lots more.


Utah Vacation Ideas #8: Wasatch National Forest contains the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons where you can get in some great skiing. This popular vacation area also offers excellent camping, fishing, hiking and biking. To really enjoy the camping check out Little Lyman Lake and Bridger Lake campgrounds. This area is home to Snowbird Ski Resort where you will find aerial tramway .... take a ride up high in the Rockies for a 360 degree view from 11,000 feet high at Hidden Peak.
Utah Vacation Ideas #9: Visit the Utah desert .... sandstone cliffs, red rock canyons, desolate wide-open country where the cruel forces of nature rule. Camping and hiking here is a rugged and unique experience. Caving can be found at Timpanagos Cave National Monument. Canyoneering fans will find the spectacular desert canyons everything they could want. This can be done with a guided adventure out of Moab, Utah.


Utah Vacation Ideas #10: Utah’s Canyonlands National Park and Canyonlands National Park are great places to get your teens excited about a family adventure vacation. Here fantastical red-rock shapes, in spires and arches, rise up out of the desert floor. You can explore the sandstone trails with pedal dirt bikes or jeeps. You can use the town of Moab as a base to enjoy these national outdoor treasures.
Utah Vacation Ideas #11: Whether your idea of the ideal vacation idea in Utah is camping or shopping, museums or golf, water skiing or fine dining - Utah Valley is the place to find it. Just about every canyon in Utah Valley includes hiking and biking paths.

For paved trail hikes you can try Timpanogos Cave National Monument in American Fork Canyon. One of Utah Valley's most popular year-round attractions is Robert Redford's Sundance Resort. For some real adventure go for the paragliding at the Point of the Mountain or ice climbing at Bridal Veil Falls. Utah Valley is a popular vacation destination in the area of Provo, Utah.


Utah Vacation Ideas #12: An adventure trip to The Lodore Canyon in the heart of the pristine wilderness of Dinasour National Monument. This vacation idea is a 4-day rafting trip run by Adrift Adventures. They take you down 44 miles of the Green River starting in Jensen, Utah. Then it's rafting and kayaking through Lodore Canyon and Whirlpool Canyon to Split Mountain Canyon. Along the way you will be camping on the beach and in the wilds. There are several opportunities for hiking to waterfall and Indian rock art. This family adventure vacation is great for kids as young as seven.
Utah Vacation Ideas #13: Utah has one of the most remote regions in the western United States, Escalante National Park. This is a great place for some rugged backpacking. The Escalante wilderness holds many natural wonders like the colorful sandstone cliffs, wild twisting canyons as well as small pools and green cottonwoods. You can also see the cliff dwellings and pictographs left behind some 600 years ago by the Anasazi Indians. One way to explore the Escalante wilderness is to arrange your vacation trip with a local operator. Wild Horizons Expectations is one that will personalize an adventure for you. They can provide all the equipment and food you need and guide you on an extraordinary camping, backpacking and hiking trip.
Utah Vacation Ideas #14: Kanab, Utah is in the heart the Golden Circle of national parks and home to the Best friends Animal Sanctuary. If you are planning a Utah vacation include a visit and tour of this wonderful place of refuge for about 2,000 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, donkeys, birds, goats and other animals. You can spend the night (or a week) in one of the eight cottages nestled in the red cliffs of Angel Canyon near the sanctuary. Overnight guests are encouraged to take one of the dogs with them to the cabin for a fun sleepover. During your stay you can volunteer to help out with the dogs or cats in Dogtown and Cat World.
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Utah summers are very hot and winters are very cold with lots of snow. So the best times to go are spring and summer. Unless, of course, you are enjoy the weather extremes. In that case be prepared! Summer heat means always have lots and lots of water with you wherever you go outdoors. A 30 SP or higher sunblock is essential along with proper light colored clothing and wide brimmed hats.

Traveling around Utah means long drives so be sure you have a vehicle that is up to it. Depending on where you go, a 4-wheel drive may be preferable. Many canyons and gorges are prone to flash flooding. Stay on top of the weather and be extremely careful about where you camp. Adventure vacations in Utah can be the event of a lifetime. Plan ahead and be safe.

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