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Outdoor Recreation

Utah is all about outdoor recreation and is known for many amazing outdoor activities. If you're seeking a weekend of hiking or backpacking, Utah has countless options. For starters, one could spend years exploring all of the nooks and crannies of just one of the five national parks, 44 state parks, nine national monuments, five national forests and two national recreation areas. 22.8 million acres of public lands, make up almost 42 percent of Utah outdoors. These lands range from snowcapped mountains of remote mountain ranges to wild rivers and colorful red rock canyons.

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Camping
Utah is the thirteenth-largest state by area and covered in more than 300 public campgrounds, as well as dispersed camping areas. Learn more

Backpacking
There is no more varied place in the world than Utah to backpack. Backpacking in Utah can take you through alpine forests, red rock lands, jagged peaks or lush waterways — all featuring immense solitude. Learn more

 

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Follow Tour of Utah pro-cyclist TJ Eisenhart through three days of challenging, scenic and diverse riding.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cycling the Alpine Loop
  • Sundance Mountain Resort
  • Squaw Peak
  • Provo River & Murdock Canal
Discover how close Salt Lake City is to Arches and Canyonlands national parks in this three-day weekend filled with adventure options.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Moab Area Adventures
  • White Rim Trail or Colorado River
A three-day ski vacation with quick access to three distinct ski areas and a choice of seven resorts.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Brighton or Solitude Resorts
  • Alta or Snowbird Resorts
  • Spa Day
  • Ogden Valley Ski Day

Recreate Responsibly

Tread Lightly, and Leave No Trace! in Utah by modeling appropriate behavior and leaving the areas you visit better than you found them. Practice minimum impact camping and pack out what you pack in. On off-highway vehicles, minimize your impact by traveling only in areas and on trails open to them. Learn more about Forever Mighty