Utah Travel Guide

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Utah bears a resemblance to some of its surrounding neighbors in terms of its rugged countryside. The vast majority of the state’s population (roughly 80%) all congregate along the area known as Wasatch Front, which is the Salt Lake City area, while the rest of the state is fairly uninhabited. And while Salt Lake City has its own reputation for being the headquarters of the Mormon religion (also known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or LDS), the majority of people who come to Utah to experience the state itself are the outdoor enthusiasts. Canyon Country, for example , which is also been referred to as Mars on Earth, contains some of the worlds craziest looking rock landscapes on the planet, and there are a wide variety of national parks to choose from to go exploring.

There are cities. Salt Lake City, Cedar City, Logan, or places like the mountain resort of Park City or the tourist trap of Moab, with its sand dunes and 4-wheeling appeal, but honestly, you can see cities in any other section of the country. What you can't see anywhere else is the amazing rocks and scenery. The best way to see it all is to purchase a Park Pass from the U.S. National Park Service. This pass gives you unlimited access to all the National Park services throughout the year, which could pay off in the long run if you plan on moving from park to park. Outside of the parks there are things like Bear Lake, Goblin Valley, the Great Salt Lake, Monument Valley, and more.

Summers are fairly hot, but it’s a dry heat, which can make a little more tolerable. The mountain regions can see snow, so you want to plan trips accordingly if you plan on taking advantage of the ski slopes. Just remember that the people here are mostly Mormon, so brush up on your religion before you come so you don’t risk offending someone accidentally.

The Nat. Parks in southern Utah are unbelievably beautiful and different. See Bryce Canyon, Zion, and go to Moab to see Arches, and Canyonlands (I-Sky district). From I-Sky have some very scenic 4X4 driving. Take the Shafer trail (near the park enterance) and after the big switchbacks (1500' down) turn right on the White Rim Trail and drive as far as you dare.

Salt Lake City #1 most popular location
Placed in the void between two mammoth mountain ranges, Salt Lake City is something of a hill-lovers Mecca, having hosted the Winter Olympics back in 2002, as well as being famous as the hear…
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Park City #2 most popular location
Park City, Utah is a mountain town just 30 minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City. Close by but a world apart from the rest of the Utah culturally, Park City was once a mining town dating …
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Moab #3 most popular location
Never heard of it? There’s no reason why you should have: Moab’s just a tiny dot on the sizable Utah landscape, but its not the town that would bring you here. Situated within a brisk str…
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Saint George #4 most popular location
St. George is a small community located in the southwest corner of Utah approximately 120 miles northeast of Las Vegas. It was founded in the 1860's as a cottom mission only producing enough …
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Springdale #5 most popular location
Springdale is the gateway city at the southwest entrance to Zion National Park. This is a small community reliant wholly on the National Park and the large numbers of people who visit the pa…
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Kanab #6 most popular location
This small town of 10,000 or maybe less sits in the center of the southwest’s national parks and amazing geological scenery, with coral pink cliffs, sand dunes, volcanic craters, lava flows…
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Cedar City #7 most popular location
Cedar City is the second largest city in southwestern Utah after Saint George. There is a university (Southern Utah University) in town, and on the campus of SUU is the Tony Award winning Uta…
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Bryce Canyon #8 most popular location
Bryce Canyon is not a canyon. Brice is on UT 63 just south of the very scenic UT 12. Bryce has many scenic overlooks of eroded rock with colored pinninals and other strange variations of bea…
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Provo #9 most popular location
Provo is quite calm town,distance from Salt Lake City 1 hour by a car. At the center of town there are a few high buildings.
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Green River #10 most popular location
Green River is a town of just under 1000 (little changed since 2000) located at Exits 160 and 164, Interstate 70, along the Green River in Emery County in Southeastern Utah. The part of Inte…
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Panguitch #11 most popular location
Panguitch is a medium town with services on US Hwy 89 just North of the West end of scenic Hwy 12. Panguitch is on Utah Hwy 143 West on the main road through Zion National Park.
Ogden #12 most popular location
Ogden is a small city with all servives on I 15 in northern Utah. Ogdon has a route to western Wyoming and to Yellowstone N. Park.
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Vernal #13 most popular location
Vernal Utah is a small town with some services. Vernal is located in NE Utah on US Hwy 191 to Wyoming and Eastern Utah down to Arizona. Vernal is also on US Hwy 40 to Northern Colorado.
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Layton #14 most popular location
Layton, Utah is located about 30 minutes from Salt Lake City. This little town is pretty close to the airforce base. The houses are cozy and is really a "family" kind of place. People…
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Wendover #15 most popular location
Wendover, Utah is on the western border of Utah along I-80. The town consists of cheap motels along the main road and the Wendover airfield. The airfield was used for training during WWII f…
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Hurricane #16 most popular location
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Bryce Canyon City #17 most popular location
Bryce Canyon City is a small town on UT 63. (Just a mile from Bryce Canyon National Park where you pay the fee then it gets wonderful.) Bryce canyon is a small town who provides some uaeful s…
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Blanding #18 most popular location
Blanding is a nice little town of about 4100 (up 25% since 2000) located in a beautiful part of Utah in San Juan County in Southeastern Utah. Various Indian tribes lived in the area for thou…
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Torrey #19 most popular location
Torry is a smal town in Utah (with some important services) at the junction of scenic UT 24 and the east end of scenic UT 12. Go east for some beautiful canyons.
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Hatch #20 most popular location
Does Hatch still exist? The Utah map shows Hatch on US Hwy 89 about eight miles south of the West end of Utah Hwy 12. I drove there and did not see a sign for Hatch. I think that Hatch no …
Monticello #21 most popular location
Monticello is a mid sized town with most services on US 191 in eastern Utah. From Monticello you can get to Canyonlands N.P. and Arches N.P.
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Mexican Hat #22 most popular location
Located just north-east of Monument Valley, this extremely small community of less than a hundred has made a name for itself due to a stone feature that looks like a sombrero or hat.
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Nephi #23 most popular location
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Lehi #24 most popular location
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Hanksville #25 most popular location
Hanksville is a town of about 230 (up 8% since 2000) located along Utah Highway 95 in Wayne County in Southeastern Utah. Hanksville is about the only sign of civilization along Utah Highway …
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Escalante #26 most popular location
Escalante is a small town in Utah (with few services) on scenic UT 12 coming from Bryce Canyon Nat. Park. The Escalante River is beautiful and near town. The Escalente Nat. Park Ownes the lan…
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Midway #27 most popular location
Mount Pleasant #28 most popular location
Mount Pleasant is a nice and pretty town of about 3300 (up 22% since 2000) located at the intersection of U. S. Highway 89 and Utah Highway 116 in Sanpete County in Central Utah. Settlers ha…
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Tooele #29 most popular location
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Spring City #30 most popular location
Spring City is a very pretty, friendly small town of about 1000 (up 5% since 2000) located just east of the intersection of U. S. Highway 89 and Utah Highway 117 in Sanpete County in Central …
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Brian Head #31 most popular location
Brianhead is a little mountain community located in the southwestern part of Utah. While the actual peak of the mountain reaches over 11,000 feet high, the town is located at the base, aroun…
Delta #32 most popular location
Delta is a town of about 3500 (up 8% since 2000) located at the intersection of U.S. Highways 6 and 50 in Millard County in western Utah. Settlement began here in 1903 when a railroad switch…
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Woods Cross #33 most popular location
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Tropic #34 most popular location
Tropic is a very small town in Utah (no services) on scenic UT 12 Just east of Bryce Canyon. Close to Tropic, the hwy. goes a steep downhill where the views of the back of Bryce Canyon Nat. P…
Snowbird #35 most popular location
American Fork #36 most popular location
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Mount Carmel Junction #37 most popular location
Mount Carmel Junction is a small tpwn in Utah (some services) at the junction of US 89 north and south. The east end of UT 9 is going west to Zion Nat. Park,
Parowan #38 most popular location
Parowan is a tiny little town located at the very base of Brian Head mountain in southern Utah. One must go through here in order to reach the road that leads to the mountain resort. Parowa…
Fillmore #39 most popular location
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Spanish Fork #41 most popular location
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Cannonville #42 most popular location
Cannonville is a small town with few services on Utah Hwy 12 Just East of Utah Hwy 63 and Bryce Canyon National Park. It looks like they paved a road South to Kodachrome Basin State Park. Tha…
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Dutch John #43 most popular location
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Garden City #47 most popular location
Garden City is a town in Rich County, Utah, and is located between the western shore of Bear Lake (ID and UT) and the mouth of Logan Canyon (Highway 89). Garden City is a very popular summer …
Fairview #48 most popular location
Fairview is a nice town of 1300 (up 10% since 2000) located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 89 and Utah Highway 31, in Sanpete County in Central Utah. Fairview was established in 1850 by…
Helper #49 most popular location
Helper is a small town of about 2150 (up 6% since 2000) located along U.S. Highways 6 and 191, in Carbon County in South Central Utah. Helper was established in 1881, Teancum Pratt, after th…
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Wales #50 most popular location
Wales is a tiny town of about 300 (up 38% since 2000) located along New Mexico Highway 117 in Sanpete County in Central Utah. Wales lies on the west side of the Sanpete Valley, at the foot o…