As a western state of the USA, Utah is known for its wide open spaces.
When driving through Utah, you'll be able to enjoy a wide variety of terrain. It varies from deserts and arid areas, thriving pine forests, mountains and even lakes, like the Antelope Island State Park.
Utah is actually located in the middle of 3 different geological regions: the Great Basin, the Rocky Mountains, and the Colorado Plateau and it’s this scenery makes it perfect for campers and hikers.
Here are my 5 favorite places to go. Hopefully you will have a chance to visit them!
Zion National Park
With such a wide variety of animals and plants, massive cliffs, and amazing blue skies, Zion National Park is simply awe inspiring. Spend the night in the woods and go for a hike in the Kolob Canyons through the 5 and 14 mile trails. If you choose to take the longer one, you'll be able to see one of the largest and natural arches in the world.
With 3 different campgrounds to choose from, Zion National Park is amazing if you're looking to see the best Utah has to offer. One thing I learntwas the dry desert air gets very cold at night and sleeping on the ground is not the best plan. If you are car camping, bring a camping cot, you will thank me!
Bear Lake State Park
The Bear Lake is one of the deepest lakes in Utah. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, right on the border of Idaho and Utah, the Bear Lake State Park has a stunning deep blue color. You can do waterskiing, scuba diving, fishing, and swimming.
You can choose from 136 campsites, and if you like to be in direct contact with nature, you can choose between 6 of them which are primitive campgrounds on the east side of the lake. Just make sure that you bring your own water to drink and a cooler to keep your perishables.
Arches National Park
The Arches National Park is a red-rock wonderland that includes trails for all difficulty levels, from easy to moderate to long. One of the most popular trails is the Delicate Arch Trail. But if you're an adventurer, you might want to take a ranger-guided hike to visit the Fiery Furnace, where you'll see the sandstone canyons.
There's only one campground developed inside the actual park. However, there are quite a few campgrounds outside the park.
Capitol Reef National Park
The Capitol Reef National Park is located on the Waterpocket Fold that is almost 100 miles long, and it was formed between 50 to 70 million years ago. Simply enjoying the scenery of the park is already a great reason to camp and hike here. They have a wide variety of hiking trails for people of all abilities.
You have over 70 sites to choose from and they all work on a first come, first served basis. There are no reservations.
American Fork Canyon
The American Fork Canyon is also known as the Alpine Loop. When you're looking at it, it will almost seem that you're looking at the Swiss Alps. You'll be able to take the most amazing photos to the rugged terrain, waterfalls, wildflowers, and even glacial snow, so bring a good camera!
If you're into hiking, you can take some time to visit the Timpanogos Cave National Monument and explore the cave by yourself. American Fork Canyon has many campgrounds available, some take reservations a year in advance and a few are first come, first served.