5 Experiences in Utah Not to Be Missed
I spoke to a person from Utah the other week and commented how it was my favourite state in America. Her eyes widened in surprise. “Really? Not many people say that.” I know. Don’t you love it when you discover an entire state that is full of adventure, beauty and hidden secrets that the masses don’t bother to visit?
Utah is mind-blowing. I mentioned it in this post as one of the five places in the States you can’t miss. It’s a state worthy of its own post here now. I can’t wait to get back there next year to dive even deeper.
Our must not miss experiences in Utah are:
1. Horse-riding through Bryce Canyon
Just standing on the edge of this canyon, looking out at an amphitheatre of red, orange and pink sculptured pillars and spires is enough for you to have an experience. But, if you want a story to share for the rest of your life, jump on a horse and ride through the canyon with a true cowboy as your guide complete with spurs, cowboy hat, and bad whisky jokes! It was truly epic.
2. Zion National Park
Where do you start with Zion?
Scramble to the summit of Angels Landing, if you dare. Float along the Virgin in a tube. Or take on the Zion Narrows hike –where the North Fork Virgin River runs beneath thousand-foot walls of Navajo sandstone that centuries of erosion have sculpted into fluted and whorled forms. Prepare to be amazed!
3. Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands
One of the most beautiful sunset vistas you can ever see is at Dead Horse Point State Park. The Colorado River snakes through the canyon valley floor past the Canyonlands‘ sculpted pinnacles and buttes. It’s a scene forever etched into my memory in incredible clarity.
Then head into Canyonlands, the largest national park in Utah. The Colorado and Green Rivers wind through the heart of the Canyonlands, forming two deep canyons. It’s popular for hiking, mountain bike riding and four wheel driving. (And for incredible thunderstorms. A lightning bolt hit the ground about 50 metres from our car. That was one of the most thrilling experiences of my life.)
4. Monument Valley
If you’re a fan of Western movies, then Monument Valley is not foreign to you.
It’s infamous towering sandstone rock formations soar above the valley floor. It’s an ancient land and the spiritual home of the Navajo. This presence is deeply felt when you explore this region. We self-drove, but you can take guided tours or explore on horseback just like John Wayne once did.
5. Road trip through Scenic Hwy 12
I guarantee your jaw will drop the entire time on this stretch of road winding between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks. You’ll pass by lunar landscapes, petrified forests, national parks and rock formations of every colour and size. It has been named as the second most beautiful drive in the world.