Utah is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Known for its breathtaking beauty, Utah is teeming with stunning canyons, mountains, valleys, and waterfalls, and is a prime spot for all sorts of outdoor recreation like hiking, fishing, skiing, biking, rafting, and golfing. Home to five national parks, 43 state parks, and seven national monuments, you won’t run out of exciting places to visit.
Pharmacist Robert Lammle loves Utah for its unsurpassed beauty and fun outdoor activities. Here are three of his favorite destinations in the state for visitors and residents alike to explore.
1. Zion National Park – Located in southwestern Utah, Zion National Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Zion is Utah’s oldest park (designated in 1919) and features unbelievable canyons, caves, cliffs, and hiking trails, which are visited by people from all over the world. The park is also particularly attractive to serious rock climbers, with its many sheer walls and challenging cliffs. Zion receives nearly 3 million visitors each year, making it the state’s most visited park.
2. Bryce Canyon– There is nowhere quite like Bryce Canyon. Here, you’ll see the spectacular Hoodoos, which are odd-shaped pillars of rock created by forces of erosion and geological change. The canyon has thousands of these pillars and cliffs. Despite being called a canyon, Bryce is actually a collection of large natural amphitheaters situated along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southwestern Utah.
3. Antelope Island State Park – Located about 41 miles north of Salt Lake City is the hidden gem known as Antelope Island State Park. Antelope is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, from which you can enjoy the most incredible views of the Wasatch Mountain range. Take in the scenery as you hike, mountain bike or horseback ride the park’s trails or meander along its sandy beaches. The island is also home to free-roaming bison, bighorn sheep, deer, pronghorn antelope, and many species of birds.