Rugged snow-thick mountains. Pioneer-era relics and prehistoric leftovers. Kaleidoscopic landscapes of desert plains, cliffs and valleys. In Utah, you can see Mother Nature at her raw, dramatic best. Strap on your skis or pull on your hiking boots and immerse yourself in this extraordinary land that’s made for adventure.
Canyons and corrals, monuments and mountains in the United States’ wild west.
Things to do
A tantalising network of ski runs awaits in Utah. From extreme snowboarding to the refined, luxury ski resorts of Deer Valley, you’ll find something to suit every slope-seeker. In summer, there’s still plenty to see and do. Mountain bikes replace ski rental and the countryside is ripe for hiking.
Utah is a jigsaw puzzle of national parks. So you rarely have to travel far for extraordinary natural wonders. Venture to Bryce Canyon or Arches National Park in the south and you may think you’ve wandered on to the set of a ‘spaghetti western’. The epic Canyonlands, with its ochre spires and craters, feels truly prehistoric. While in the northern High Uintas, the scenery turns from rust-red to forest green – and white when snow falls on the mountain range.
Such staggering scenery has made Utah a living film set. Indulge your inner Butch Cassidy (or Sundance Kid) at the eerie Grafton ghost town. Steer through the evocatively named Dead Horse Point on the trail of Thelma & Louise – and stay a while to appreciate its immense beauty. It’s part of the Moab Area, also the site of Indian Jones’ escapades. Western fans shouldn’t miss the classic backdrop of Monument Valley either.
Try the state’s special take on afternoon tea and tuck into Utah Scones. Dusted with cinnamon brown sugar or drizzled with butter, these puffy cakes are the perfect post-skiing treat.
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