101 Things to Do in Utah State – Your Ultimate Utah Bucket ListPin

101 Things to Do in Utah State – Your Ultimate Utah Bucket List

We’re so lucky to call Utah our greater backyard. Many of Utah’s national parks are only a few hours from us. We may not own property here, but we spent a lot of time in Utah when we lived in an Airstream too.

The landscapes feel out of this world, and I hope this bucket list will inspire you to explore more of Utah.

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Last Updated: December 30, 2020

101 Things to Do in Utah

We’re most familiar with Southern Utah, but the entire state has amazing places to check out. If you love skiing and snowboarding, Northern Utah is amazing for that. If you prefer exploring unique rock formations, they are around every corner in Southern Utah. To help you plan your future trips, we’ve broken up our bucket list into regions.

Things to Do in Southwest Utah

Southwest Utah is full of amazing landscapes, National Parks, amazing rock climbing, and more. It’s easily accessible from Las Vegas and one of our favorite road trip areas.

A short family-friendly hike near Kanab (less than a mile).

(Kanab) The largest no-kill sanctuary for cats and dogs in the US.

  1. Brian Head

Go skiing/snowboarding or in the summer you can hike and see wildflowers.

Known for the largest concentrations of hoodoos on Earth. See our 15 best things to do in Bryce

The longest and deepest slot canyon in the SW US.

Don’t miss the Chimney Rock pillar and Hickman Bridge Arch.

Known for hoodoos similar to Bryce Canyon and also great for fall colors.

It wasn’t as pink as all the photoshopped images had me to believe but still a beautiful spot.

Hike The Cassidy Trail

Camp on the shores of Wide Hallow Reservoir and explore the waters on a kayak.

Reflection Canyon and Rainbow Bridge were the highlights for us.

Don’t miss the Zebra Slot Canyon, Peekaboo, Spooky Slots, and Toadstool Hoodoos.

A popular slot canyon hike with waterfalls.

State park known for their sandstone spires and columns they call sand pipes.

The much shorter approach to Buckskin gulch but not the hike for you if you’re scared of heights.

This is the bouldering book we picked up for Moe’s, Super Mario Land, and other spots in St George.

Hiking area and a sandstone cave that used to be a speakeasy, but is now a gift shop.

Also known as Monroe Hot Srpings or Cooper Hot Springs. Features the tubs you probably have seen on IG.

Great spot for boating, fishing, and swimming.

Check out Buckskin Hollow, Red Cliffs Trail, and Chuuckwalla Trail to Scout Cave.

A slot canyon with amazing acoustics. 

Escape the crowds at the nearby national parks and find beautiful scenery and hiking here. Sandstone cliffs with red and white hues.

Enjoy sunset at Dixie Sugarloaf and see a broadway show at Tuacahn Amphitheater (similar feel to Red Rock Amphitheater in Denver).

Oasis in the desert that is best accessed with a truck, SUV, or ATV.

9.2 mile hike to see unique white stone hoodoos.

See how to win hiking permits from the lottery here. Even if you can’t win a permit, there are plenty of amazing things to do in the Kanab area.

Popular hike through Paria Canyon – Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness that connects with a longer Buckskin Gulch hike.

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Things to Do in Southeast Utah

Southeast Utah is best known for the Moab area, which is the perfect base to explore Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

  1. 17 Room Ruin

An Ancestral Puebloan ruin hidden under a desert cliff near Bluff.

Has more than 2000 natural sandstone arches. These are our 9 things you can’t miss at Arches National Park.

Main feature is the two tall buttes that look like a bear’s head.

Don’t miss Mesa Arch, Island in the Sky, and the Needles.

  1. Chicken Corners Trail

Popular ATV/UTV trail across from Dead Horse Point State Park. 

Also known as Little Rainbow Bridge. You pass Pinto and Bowtie Arch on your way to the Corona.

Aka Dragonfly Canyon or Jeep Arch Hike near Moab.

Overlooks the Colorado River and Canyonlands NP.

8.4 mi moderate loop through slot canyons.
Cutler sandstone formations that’s popular for climbing.

Although the address is in Arizona, it’s the only point in the US where four states meet (AZ, CO, NM, and UT).

Thousands of hoodoos and unique formations. Check out the Goblin’s Lair Hike.

Another lesser-known horseshoe bend but in the San Juan River and our favorite RV site in the Southwest.

A well preserved ruins of Ancestral Puebloan villages. Also a dark sky park so great for astrophotography.

  1. Hwy 128

Scenic Byway worth checking out.

  1. La Sal Loop Scenic Drive

60 mile loop that takes about 2.5-3 hours. Get views of the La Sal Mountains, which are especially beautiful in the fall.

3.6 mile lightly trafficked hike through a slot canyon.
An 8 mile moderate loop that takes you through slot canyons. There are some petroglyphs too.

Also known as Left Hand hike near Moab. It takes you to several small waterfalls with swimming areas.

  1. Moki Dugway

A scary road with switchbacks.

Famous for its scenes in Forrest Gump and West World.

Beautiful arch located at the end of Negro Bill Canyon.

A small Anasazi village ruin with brilliant red rocks along the way.

The 13th largest natural bridge in the world. We liked that there weren’t too many people at this park.

Known for its large collection of petroglyphs.

World’s largest known natural bridge – access via boat.

  1. Valley of the Gods

Beautiful buttes, mesas, and pinnacles. 

A 2.8 mile hike with beautiful formations and wild flowers.

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Things to Do in Northern Utah

Northern Utah is home to world-class slopes in the winter, arguably the best bouldering in the US, and even the real-life UP house.

  1. Antelope Island

Largest of ten islands in the Great Salt Lake. Watch them gather Bison at the end of October.

Natural hot springs accessible year round (not as nice as Meadow Hot springs).

  1. Big Cottonwood Canyon

Great spot for hiking, biking, and rock climbing. In the winter, head here for skiing.

  1. Bonneville Salt Flats

In winter, some areas of the salt flats are covered in a thin layer of water making for amazing photo ops.

607-foot tall waterfall in Provo Canyon.

4.7-mile popular hike with great views of Wind Cave and Second Dam.

Known for having the highest mineral content in the world and.

Also known as Fifth Water Hot Springs, this hike also has a waterfall. Crampons are recommended since parts can be icy.

National Park unit with over 800 paleontological sites. Also dark sky designated so a great spot for stargazing.

Easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. Wildflowers in mid-July through early August.

  1. Fantasy Canyon

BLM area covered in unusual geological features.

One of the best places to watch wintering bald eagles in the US (late Nov to early March).

Great hike close to Salt Lake with good rock climbing, city views, and allows dogs.

Beautiful river views and red sandstone cliffs. Great area for paddling, rock climbing, hiking and more.

An easy family-friendly slot canyon hike. Bring waterproof shoes since it might be wet.

Peak sits around 13,400 ft. If you’re a peak bagger and want to summit all of Utah’s 13ers, this one is especially great for wildflowers in summer.

The Last Spike Site where they completed the country’s first transcontinental railroad.

  1. Great Salt Lake

The largest salt water lake in the western hemisphere. Try sailing here!

Beautiful reserve great for boating, camping, fishing, golfing, and more.

Hike that takes you to a pretty little waterfall and stream crossings over log bridges.
4.6 mile hike that is popular. There’s a waterfall and it’s great during the fall. 

If you climb, this is THE bouldering spot in Utah and arguably the best bouldering in the US (It’s Joe’s vs Hueco Tanks).

This is the highest peak in Utah at just over 13,500 ft.

Another popular hike that has a waterfall and great views. It’s just shy of 7 miles.

  1. Little Cottonwood Canyon

This area is known for its skiing and all types of rock climbing and ice climbing. Meadow Hot Springs is also here. It’s technically on private property but the owners allow public access. Just be sure to read the rules on the main gate and be respectful.

Sand dunes popular for ATVing, sandboarding, sandskiing.

A giant structure made by European sculptor, Karl Momen, in the middle of a desert.

  1. Midway
Known for the Ice castles, Midway Swiss Days in August, and Homestead Crater hot springs.
Short hike to a waterfall.

A peak in Ashley National Forest popular amongst peak baggers.

40 mile long canyon and known as the world’s longest art gallery with a ton of pictographs and petroglyphs. One of the most amazing canyons in the US.

  1. Park City

Great place to go skiing. If you go in January, you can attend Sundance, the largest film festival in the US.

1.8 mile hike giving you a great view. Great place to catch wild flowers too.
  1. Provo River

One of the best spots in the world for fly fishing.

Short hike in Sandy, UT with a waterfall and great for all skill levels.
Head to Kamas, UT for this easy hike to a beautiful lake.
  1. Salt Lake City

Other Salt Lake City attractions – world’s largest Mormon temple. it’s famous for its Christmas lights if you want to plan to come in the winter.

A famous large scale artwork made with rocks gathered from the site. The 15 foot wide coil goes 1500 ft into the lake. Depending on the level of water, sometimes it is submerged in the water and not visible.

Outdoor art exhibit made up of four concrete cylinders.

  1. Tabernacle Hill

Aka Meadow Lava Tubes.

A cave system on Mt Timpanagos. You can take guided tours through Hansen, Middle, and Timpanogos Cave. Mount Timpanogos is the second highest peak in the Wasatch Range.
Popular hike where you can see wildlife and great views.

See the UP house in real life.

Easy to moderate canyon hike with great views and unique rock formations.

Challenging but beautiful hike to White Pine lake.
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What are the 10 largest cities in Utah?

These are the major cities in Utah by population.

  1. Salt Lake City
  2. West Valley City
  3. Provo
  4. West Jordan
  5. Orem
  6. Sandy
  7. St George
  8. Ogden
  9. Layton
  10. South Jordan

How many National Parks are in Utah?

There are 5 major National Parks called the Mighty Five, and then there are 5 National Park units, which are lands with natural or historical significance managed and protected by the National Park service.

  1.  Arches National Park
  2.  Bryce Canyon National Park
  3.  Canyonlands National Park
  4.  Capitol Reef National Park
  5.  Cedar Breaks National Monument
  6.  Golden Spike National Historic Site
  7.  Natural Bridges National Monument
  8.  Rainbow Bridge National Monument (by boat only)
  9.  Timpanogos Cave National Monument
  10.  Zion National Park

Utah State Symbols

  • State Emblem: Beehive
  • State Animal: Rocky Mountain Elk
  • State Flower: Sego Lily
  • State Rock: Coal
  • State Bird: California Seagull
See them all here.

Essential Tips

  • When to Visit: Utah is a big state with four distinct seasons, so the best time to visit depends on where you want to go and what you want to do. In general, Southern Utah is best in the Spring and Fall. You’ll find moderate weather to explore the desert landscapes. During the winter, you may find snow in some areas. Northern Utah is a winter wonderland and draws visitors in for their slopes. During the rest of the year, you’ll find lots of hiking and massive peaks to conquer.
  • Best Airports: Salt Lake City (SLC) is the largest airport in the state and a great place to fly into if you’re exploring Northern Utah or the Moab Area. If you plan on exploring Southwest Utah, fly into Las Vegas (LAS).
  • Best Way to Get Around: Having your own car is definitely the best way to explore Utah. Shop for the best rental car rates here.
  • What to Pack: Whether you’re traveling in the summer or winter, it’s always smart to have layers. Temperature changes drastically based on elevation and in desert climates, nights are chillier.
  • Guides: Check out our National Park Guides to get more specific tips.

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