Camping Gems - Utah
Natural Bridges National Monument
Natural Bridges preserves some of the finest examples of natural stone architecture in the southwest. On a tree-covered mesa next to deep sandstone canyons, three natural bridges formed when meandering streams slowly cut through the canyon walls. Head here for excellent hiking, photography, scenic drives, and ranger walks.
Utah Shakespearean Festival
Visit Cedar City for incredible comedy, tragedy, and all the drama in between. The Tony award-winning theater of the Utah Shakespearean Festival will have you mesmerized. You can see a number of plays by Shakespeare and other authors, attend a director's talk, and much more.
The Green River flows through some of the most dramatic scenery in the country, and it also offers terrific rafting and salmon fishing. Take a boat trip down the river and see the walls of Flaming Gorge Dam, the breathtaking Red Canyon, and miles of scenic desert terrain. Fish for brown and kokanee salmon or river-run brown, cutthroat, and rainbow trout.
Welcome to the largest amusement park from Kansas City to the West Coast! What can you do here? You can wander through the Pioneer Village, make a splash at Lagoon A Beach, scream with delight as you ride Utah's only giant wooden roller coaster, and marvel at the talent of the skaters during the Ice Show Extravaganza. (801-451-8000)
Settled in 1850, Kaysville is one of the oldest towns in Utah. One of these hearty pioneers built the first permanent home in the area, a dugout near the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Just one year later, 300 settlers were calling this valley home, the town's namesake, William Kay, among them. Explore this charming town and get to know its superb shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Dinosaur National Monument
As you explore the craggy hills, discover fragments of a long ago world where the largest land creatures of all time once roamed and died. You can also view rock art and captivating scenery, explore homestead sites, and go whitewater rafting. Set at the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers, the geology here is absolutely incredible.
Set below the dramatic snow-capped peaks of the Wasatch Front, the Utah Valley is a terrific place to play. You can explore the college town of Provo, hike in American Fork Canyon, or go boating and fishing on Utah Lake. With the Jordan River and plenty of family attractions right nearby, this is a great place to get into the great outdoors.
Sundance Film Festival, Park City
Known world-wide as one of the best film festivals anywhere, Sundance also offers a beautiful natural setting. Held in Park City, the festival is right in the heart of superb skiing and hiking country. Where else can you head out on a mountain biking trip and return to incredible films and fabulous restaurants?
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (MBR) lies in northern Utah, where the Bear River flows into the northeast arm of the Great Salt Lake. Throughout the refuge's long, rich past, it has not only been an oasis for shorebirds and waterfowl, but many people find solitude viewing the winter sun setting over the Promontory Mountains, or by watching a pair of American avocets dancing in spring.
Built in 1854, this was the official residence of Brigham Young. To see Brigham Young's final resting place head over to 1st Avenue between State Street and A Street. Here you will find his grave and several of his family members' graves, including Eliza R Snow, who was a pioneer song writer. (67 East South Temple, 801-240-2671)
Camping Gems - Places to Eat in Utah
Salt Lake City
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Market Street Grill
Joe Banditos Mexican Fiestaurant
Thai Ruby Restaurant
Camping Gems - Places to Go in Utah
Arches National Park
Arches National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The park offers superb hiking, biking, scenic drives, photography, and stunning views.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Famous for its unique geology of red rock spires and horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters, Bryce offers the visitor a "Far View" from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. You'll see bizarre-looking formations and hoodoos as you hike, bike, or ride on horseback along Bryce's many scenic trails.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Glen Canyon offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history. Head there for outstanding bass fishing, boating, water skiing, and water sports of all kinds.
Zion National Park
Massive canyon walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. To experience Zion, you need to walk among the towering cliffs, or challenge your courage in a small narrow canyon. These unique sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, to red. They could be described as sand castles crowning desert canyons.
Capitol Reef National Park
A 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust, known as The Waterpocket Fold, extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to Lake Powell. This dramatic upheaval created steep canyons, towering reefs, and an amazing hiking area. Capitol Reef is best explored on foot, but there are view points and a few scenic drives available.
This ski resort town is filled with terrific restaurants, shops, art galleries, and mountain scenery. To learn about local history, visit the Park City Museum and Territorial Jail. Here you'll find exhibits about the silver boom days, the mining camp, and how this town transformed itself into a major ski resort. Wander down Park City's historic six block Main Street and browse in unique shops like Christmas on Main, Cowboy Culture, Southwest Indian Traders, and Bingham Junction Antiques.
Heber Valley Historic Railroad
Take a ride aboard this historic railway! On your trip you'll get to see scenic Heber Valley, Deer Creek Lane, and the dramatic Provo Canyon. The train also has special events and programs. (450 South West, Heber City, UT, 435-654-5601)
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration.
The Great Salt Lake
You won't want to leave town without making the 17-mile drive west to the Great Salt Lake. The largest lake west of the Mississippi, the Lake can be as much as eight times saltier than the ocean, with only the Dead Sea having a higher salt content. You'll float and bob like a cork! While you're there, be sure to visit the bison on Antelope Island. (I-80 & exit 104)
South of Salt Lake on I-15, you'll find the charming college town of Provo, home to Brigham Young University, Utah Lake, and the scenic American Forks Canyon, a great place to go hiking, fishing, or picnicking. Other Provo attractions include the Timpangos Cave National Monument, the McCurdy Historical Doll Museum, the Pioneer Memorial Building, the Earth Science Museum, the Museum of Art, and some great ski areas.
Camping Gems - Things to Do in Utah
Float higher than every when you go swimming in the Great Salt Lake.
Hike to outstanding views of the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.
Go boating on robins-egg blue Lake Powell (Glen Canyon National Recreation Area).
Ski through Utah's amazing powder in Park City.
Photograph the hoodoos and red rock canyons of Bryce Canyon National Park.
See lush green plants growing on canyon walls at Zion National Park.
Take a ride aboard the historic Heber Valley Historic Railroad.
View the stalagmites and stalactites of Timpanogos Cave.
Zip down the rides at Salt Lake City's Lagoon.
Watch a film at the January Sundance Film Festival.