Southern Utah is teeming with wildlife, national parks, and stunning topography. Every season is filled with possibility whether you love soaring down a mountain or hiking canyons and exploring geological phenomenons.
We’ve collected our favorite recommendations for things to do in Southern Utah, so that when you visit our neighborhood you can skip the Googling and dive right into your next adventure.
Explore The Mighty 5
Southern Utah is home to The Mighty 5: Arches National Park, Bryce CanyonNational Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and Zion National Park. Each park has its own stunning landscapes and iconic geological sites. During the day the red rocks and canyons offer endless trails for exploration and at night the expansive sky glows with millions of stars and galaxies. Read more about each of the five parks, here. (Link to Mighty 5 blog post.)
Hike Red Rock Destinations
There’s no wrong choice here! Every location provides incredible immersion into nature and Southern Utah’s wonders. Some of our favorite hikes include Fisher Towers, immense sandstone formations northeast of Moab; House on Fire, a flat trail that explores ancestral puebloan structures; and the Kodachrome Basin State Park, which offers a phenomenal nighttime experience. All of the destinations listed offer easy or challenging trails, depending on your comfort level.
Race Through the Canyons
Mountain and road biking are two fantastic ways to experience the landscape at higher speeds — hurtling up and down slick shale rock hills, along red gravel paths, and through rugged plants and forestry is endless fun. If you like fat tire biking you can do that in the winter too! Bike rentals are available at Cedar Cycle, East Zion Experiences, Zion Outfitter, and Outta Here eBikes.
Another way to explore the canyons is by ATV. Favorite sites include off-road trails near Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, as well as Tropic Reservoir that’s part of the East Fork trail system in Dixie National Forest.
Play in the Fresh Powder
Southern Utah in the winter is brilliant! However you like to get around in the snow – skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling – there’s a place to get out and enjoy the recreation. Brian Head Resort near Angels Landing is an awesome local ski resort that is near the tourist-friendly Brian Head town. Cedar Sports offers gear rental for snow activities.
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