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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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