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12 Must-Do Adventures On Your Utah Road Trip

Tap into Utah's endless supply of adventure.

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Utah is an outdoor-adventure paradise: It’s got alpine forests to deserts and dinosaurs, all inside a five-hour box (St. George to Logan: 5:11; Wendover to Moab: 4:59). With endless potential for different activities, you could spend a lifetime exploring and barely scratch the surface — and most of us don’t even have that kind of time.

An efficiently epic road trip will have to do the trick, so rally the crew, throw the essentials in the trunk and hit up these 12 must-do adventures on your road trip through Utah.

1. Hike to Bell Canyon’s Waterfall

Photo: Eric Bennett

No matter where you’re going, Salt Lake City is probably on your way. Make it more than a pit stop with an easy day hike to incredible views of the valley below and a beautiful waterfall. Learn more.

2. Camp by the Spiral Jetty

Photo: Prajit Ravindran

The combination of free, dispersed camping, the otherworldly salt flats of the Great Salt Lake and the world’s preeminent work of land sculpture make this camping spot inimitable. Learn more.

3. Backpack Mount Timpanogos

Photo: Lindsay Daniels

Mt. Timpanogos is one of the most iconic peaks in the Wasatch Front. Get into the Utah backcountry for an up close view. Learn more.

4. Take a Dip at Fifth Water Hot Springs

Photo: Jacob Moon

Nothing cures sore road trip butts like soaking in some hot springs. Take a hike, pick your pool, sit back and relax. Learn more.

5. Hike Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park

Photo: Derrick Lytle

Head into Zion National Park and tackle some of the hikes that have put Utah on the map for adventurers around the world. Angels Landing is an exhilarating hike along a notoriously narrow ridge. If you have time, check out Zion’s Narrows as well. Learn more.

6. Camp in Goblin Valley

Photo: Andy Earl

Goblin Valley, with topography straight out of a science fiction movie, is the weirdest-best. Hoodoo? You should. Learn more.

7. Hike Through Wire Pass Slot Canyon

Photo: Nick Oman

Hiking through slot canyons is incredible, unless you’re claustrophobic or boring. But please be careful. Learn more.

8. Night Hike to Calf Creek Falls

Photo: Kiki Lamm

Six miles and four or five hours round trip. A full moon will let you take amazing photos, so plan your road trip with the tides. Learn more.

9. Hike Riggs Springs Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park

Photo: Jason Shepherd

The colors and sandstone formations of Bryce Canyon National Park are unbelievable and you’ll see a lot more if you go further the big, obvious viewpoints.Learn more.

10. Beach Camping on Lake Powell

Photo: Dustin Landon

Lake Powell is a great summer camping spot that also flies under the radar for most people outside of Utah. Daytime is hot, but the water is refreshing and you can find some incredible, secluded fingers in the canyon-turned-lake. Learn more.

11. Hike Park Avenue in Arches National Park

Photo: Lee Cuellar

Stop in Arches National Park and do your best to grasp the scale of the massive sandstone cliffs and plateaus on this popular hike. Learn more.

12. Backpack Coyote Gulch

Photo: Colton Marsala

This beautiful backpacking route has options for a one- or two-night adventure. Make it a quick stop or explore for a few days. Learn more.

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Cover photo: Nick Oman

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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