Visiting Utah

Like its vast western neighbors, Utah has a varied landscape, with the Rocky Mountains providing ranges for skiing and hiking while magnificent red rock climbs from deserts and basins in gravity-defying arches. One highlight that lies low is the Bonneville Salt Flats, a geological phenomenon that once served as land-speed testing grounds and is still used for automotive meets. Outdoor lovers will fall in love with the natural beauty of Zion National Park, while shutterbugs can’t miss the picture-perfect Arches National Park, home to over 2000 natural sandstone arches.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do, browse amazing ... Read More
Like its vast western neighbors, Utah has a varied landscape, with the Rocky Mountains providing ranges for skiing and hiking while magnificent red rock climbs from deserts and basins in gravity-defying arches. One highlight that lies low is the Bonneville Salt Flats, a geological phenomenon that once served as land-speed testing grounds and is still used for automotive meets. Outdoor lovers will fall in love with the natural beauty of Zion National Park, while shutterbugs can’t miss the picture-perfect Arches National Park, home to over 2000 natural sandstone arches.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do, browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Utah

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Utah for Foreigners

Written by Wasatch on 19 May, 2009

At Ruby’s Inn, the largest hotel near Bryce Canyon, 75% of the guests are from outside the USA. Foreign visitors are 80% of those staying in the hotels between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks to the north and Monument Valley and the…Read More


Canyonlands is Remote, but Getting There is a Great Trip

Written by Wasatch on 25 Feb, 2009

A few years ago, two hikers set off from I-15 in southern Utah to walk to Moab. It took them123 days. I recommend driving.BY AIR You can fly into Moab, but its expensive. Salt Lake City is the closest major gateway andthe trip…Read More


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A Short Visit to Capitol Reef

Written by callen60 on 27 Nov, 2007

We drove into Capitol Reef from the west, having left Monument Valley, crossed the Colorado at Hite, and turned west on Highway 24 toward the park at Hanksville. The rain that threatened during our stop at Natural Bridges was now pouring down, washing out any…Read More


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Pine Valley Recreation Area

Written by Linda Hoernke on 25 Jun, 2007

Pine Valley covers about 50,000 acres in what's known as the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness. The mountain is part of a huge rock outcrop that forms the Pine Valley Laccolith...the largest in the United States. Mixed spruce, bristle cone pine, and Douglas-fir are found throughout…Read More


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Points South: A Phototour of Bryce's Lower Half

Written by callen60 on 28 Jan, 2007

It’s 20 miles down Utah 63—the park road—from its junction with Utah 12 to the end at Rainbow Point. The first 3 miles lie outside the park, and another mile takes you to the central amphitheatre, where the great majority of visitors cluster, and where…Read More


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Down the Navajo Loop to Queen's Garden: A Photohike

Written by callen60 on 27 Jan, 2007

This is one of Bryce’s most popular highlights, so you’ll have to plan accordingly to avoid the crowds. The Queen in her Garden is indeed a must-see destination, but the hike’s real beauty is the intimate experience it provides among Bryce’s hoodoos, where it often…Read More


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Look Out Below! Through Bryce by Mule with Canyon Trail Rides

Written by callen60 on 27 Jan, 2007

When I asked my kids if mule rides and horse rides should be part of our Southwestern swing, they wondered why I bothered to ask at all. After settling the anxiety about descending into the Grand Canyon (everyone remembered reading Brighty of the Grand Canyon),…Read More


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Followed by a Moon Shadow: Moonlight Hiking at Bryce

Written by callen60 on 27 Jan, 2007

This is probably the most sought-after activity in Bryce. The Moonlight Hike takes place only 2 nights a month, on days near the full moon, and word has obviously gotten out about this evening expedition (a list of scheduled dates is at the NPS Bryce…Read More


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High Lonesome Roads: Utah's backcountry via Highways 12 and 95

Written by callen60 on 21 Nov, 2006

It’s easy to think that the wonderful areas set aside as National Parks are simply of a different character than the rest of the country—whether you’re thinking of ‘country’ in a broad, nation-state sort of way, or just ‘the general area around here’. A trip…Read More


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Anasazi State Park and Pre-Columbian Utah

Written by callen60 on 20 Nov, 2006

Although pathfinders and settlers viewed the Colorado Plateau as empty, they were of course not the first ones here. Scattered across the southwest is the evidence of a large number of native peoples, a fair amount of it preserved in national monuments and state parks…Read More


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