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Utah is such a magnificent state! From the top of the mountains to the bottom of the canyons, Utah offers a wide variety of things to do and see. We wanted to share our favorite attractions, ski resorts, and national parks in this comprehensive Utah Travel Guide.

State & National Parks in Utah

Utah is home to several National Parks. One of the most popular and first Utah National parks is Zion National Park. Zion is closest to our St. George vacation rentals in southwest Utah. This nature preserve is home to a variety of unique arrays of plants and animals. Not too far away from Zion National Park is Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is known for its crimson-colored hoodoos, which are spire-shaped rock formations. 

On the southeast side of Utah is Arches National Park. This stunning park is just north of Moab. Arches National Park is known for its 2,000 natural sandstone arches. A little further south of Moab is the Canyonlands National Park. At the Canyonlands, you can explore a countless number of canyons and buttes carved by the Colorado River. Of course, we can’t talk about the Canyonlands without mentioning the Mesa Arch. The Mesa Arch is a pothole arch on the eastern edge of the island in the Sky Mesa.

Of course, we cannot forget our state parks as well. First, we have Dead Horse Point State Park. This park is known for its dramatic overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. After viewing the river, you can head to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. This sea of dunes that are pink-hued which is unique to the area.

There is no shortage of State & National Parks in Utah! Trust us when we say that Utah is the place to visit for all those nature adventurers.

State and National Parks

Popular Attractions in Utah

There is no shortage of other beautiful nature spots in Utah. Despite all the mountains and valleys, we cannot forget the Bonneville Salt Flats. This part of northern Utah is so barren, not even the simplest life forms can exist. Quite the opposite of the salt flats is Monument Valley at Navajo Tribal Park. This red-sand valley is known for its towering sandstone buttes. Lastly, there is the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This monument is known for its outstanding biological resource, spanning five life zones including a low-lying desert to a conifers forest.

Skiing is one of the many reasons people visit Utah! The winter season in Park City, Utah brings so much snow and cold weather that it provides the perfect conditions for skiing and snowboarding. Some of the most popular ski resorts include Deer Valley Ski Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, and Canyons Ski Resort. Each of these stunning resorts offers some of the best slopes around!

We cannot forget about all the things to do in Park City, Utah. We have the Utah Olympic Park and the iconic Sundance Film Festival. The Olympic Park was built for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games. This 400-acre park is home to four sliding racks, six Nordic ski jumps, and 2022 winter games museum, and a variety of adventure activities. Onto the largest independent film festival, Sundance. This annual event happens every year in January and is organized by the Sundance Institute.

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Weather in Utah

Utah’s climate is world-famous for its diversity. Depending on where you are in the state you can experience different climates. Since Salt Lake City is in a valley, the climate and weather are average all year round. The summers are hot, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, snowy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 23°F to 93°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 100°F.

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