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Top Chillin Spots in and near Utah

  • Moab, Utah

    Camp at Sand Flats Recreation Area in Moab

    3.0
    The rock domes and slickrock around the campsites provide fun for young and old to scramble on, or simply enjoy the sunrise or sunset. Located just outside of the town of Moab Utah is the Sand Flats Recreation Area. The area is managed jointly by the Bureau of Land Management and Grand County Uta...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Hike to Murphy Point

    4.3
    3.4 mi / 320 ft gain
    Murphy Point, found in the Island In The Sky district of Canyonlands NP, takes hikers on a mesa that ends at an overlook with sweeping vistas over Murphy Basin, the White Rim, and Green River. If you're looking to get away from the tourists, then head to this quiet and often overlooked trail.The ...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Camp at Hamburger Rock

    Hamburger Rock is a small BLM campground with 10 sites based around an interesting rock outcropping. Each site can accommodate around 6 campers, 2 tents, and 2 cars. The bathrooms here are very basic, open-top pits, and no other services are offered. Camping fees are only $6/night.
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  • Green River, Utah

    Explore a Manmade Geyser in Utah

    3.0
    Four and a half miles from the town of Green River, Utah, Crystal Geyser is one of the few manmade geysers as a result of the area's historical mining industry. This cold-water geyser usually erupts every eight to 20 hours. Getting There Getting to the geyser is easy and the site can be accessed ...
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  • 18899-19003 U.S. Highway 89, Utah

    Visit the Flooded Thistle Ghost Town

    3.0
    Thistle, Utah was a small community located in Spanish Fork Canyon, founded in 1883. It flourished for a time as a ranching community and eventually became a major stop on the rail line that ran through it. This all changed in 1983 when a massive landslide dammed the Spanish Fork River and floode...
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  • Daggett County, Utah

    Fly Fish the Green River below Flaming Gorge

    4.0
    Located in the northeast corner of Utah, this section of the Green River begins beneath the Flaming Gorge dam. The "A" section runs from the dam to Little Hole, and there is parking and trail access from both ends. If you plan on launching a boat, it's easy to setup a shuttle in Dutch John. For...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hike Jacks Mountain

    4.0
    2.4 mi / 1300 ft gain
    Named for a toddler who died of Lukemia in 1995, Jacks Mountain is a beautiful place to sit above the valley and contemplate mortality. On the peak, you’ll find a couple mailboxes containing heartfelt notes from hundreds of hikers throughout the years. It’s the kind of place that restores your fa...
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  • Escalante, Utah

    Hike to the Cosmic Ashtray

    4.0
    8 mi / 800 ft gain
    ...As a frequent traveler, what's always motivated my travels were locations that have either been on my bucket list, or are places that are photogenic and a little off the beaten path. During my recent 3 week road trip through Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, I had the opportunity to visit a ...
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  • Lake Powell, Utah

    Kayak or SUP Lost Eden Canyon in Lake Powell

    IMPORTANT: Before entering any canyons in the Lake Powell National Recreation Area, always be sure to check the weather. Flash floods are common in this area and it is very unsafe to be in a canyon during a flash flood.  The easiest way to reach this canyon is via Bullfrog Marina or Halls Crossin...
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  • Hanna, Utah

    Hike the Lofty Lake Loop Trail

    4.5
    4.2 mi / 935 ft gain
    Lofty Lake Loop Trail is located in the High Uintas near Kamas, Utah. The trail can be found right off the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway about 32 miles east of Kamas and starts at the Pass Lake Trailhead.  This is a fairly mellow trail with some areas of good elevation gain, enough to get your heart w...
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  • St. George, Utah

    Climbing in Moe's Valley

    5.0
    Moe's Valley, UT is a hidden climbing paradise found in southern Utah. It's located just minutes outside of St. George, Utah. For a long time, this world-class bouldering area stayed relatively unknown except to climbing developers and local climbers. Over the years it has grown tremendously in p...
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  • New Harmony, Utah

    Backpack Kolob Canyons, Zion NP

    5.0
    16 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Overview Starting at Lee Pass trailhead the trail descends down to run alongside the Timber Creek, past the open finger canyons of the nearby cliffs. At roughly mile 3 the trail will bend slowly to the left and climb up before descending again to run upstream and alongside La Verkin creek. Cam...
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  • Provo, Utah

    Hike Mount Timpanogos via Aspen Grove

    4.0
    14 mi / 5140 ft gain
    The Aspen Grove trail is shorter but a bit steeper than the Timpanooke Trail. This usually means that fewer people take this route, and on an extremely popular mountain like Timpanogos, that’s a good thing. The trail is 14 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 5,140 feet.  The hike begins at...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hike Bowman Fork to Baker Pass

    5.0
    8.3 mi / 3375 ft gain
    To get to the trailhead, drive up Millcreek Canyon about 4.5 miles until you reach the Terraces Picnic area. Turn here and drive up the small road until you reach the parking lot by the bathrooms. You'll see the Bowman Fork trailhead marker next to the parking lot. The trail climbs steadily and i...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Ride the Slick Rock Mountain Bike Trail

    5.0
    10.7 mi / 819 ft gain
    The Slick Rock mountain bike trail is a great trail option for all skill levels looking to get a taste of what Moab has to offer. The trail is unique in that it is almost entirely on rock, with only a few patches of sand and mud scattered throughout the 10 mile loop. The trail is easy to follow d...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Camp at Porcupine Rim Campground

    5.0
    Porcupine Rim Campground, just inside the Manti-La Sal National Forest, is a fantastic dispersed campsite (with bathrooms) that overlooks the hills and mesas of Castle Valley some 2000' feet below. Most are familiar with the area due to the famous Porcupine Pine Rim mountain biking trail, but the...
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