Utah Rocks! That phrase seems to be everywhere nowadays. I would call Utah the state of rocks. Its most prominent features are all rocks. Visitors come from around the world to see Utah’s rocks. I have been obsessed with this state since long before I before I started my 59 national park quest. I have wanted to visit Utah (aka Angel’s Landing in Zion) since I was in high school. I have visited this state several times since I started college. I took an internship that didn’t really interest me for the solo reason as it got my close to Utah. I then took the long way home from Colorado to Florida with a trip to Utah on the way. There are plenty of things to do in Utah. Here is my MatD’s Ultimate Utah Bucket List
Visit Zion National Park – Completed Summer 2012 and January 2015
Zion National Park is the most famous of the 5 Utah National Parks. Zion features a spectacular water-carved canyon and one of the most amazing engineering feats. Visitors explore the canyon from the canyon floor up.
A visitor could spend a month exploring the park but if you are up for an adventure it is possible to scratch the surface of Zion National Park in a weekend.
Hike the Narrows – Completed Summer 2012
The Narrows is a spectacular hike thru a world-famous slot canyon. This hike can vary in length from less than a mile to 16 miles. There are two options for hiking the canyon either upstream or downstream. Downstream hikes are 16 miles and require a permit. The first three miles of the
Hike Subway Canyon
If you are lucky enough to have one of the 80 people per day selected for a permit, then you have access to Subway Canyon. The canyon is known for a small section that looks like a subway tube. From the top down, the canyon is a technical climb or is a long hike from the bottom.
Climb Mystery Canyon
A technical climb with very limited permit access. Only 12 spots are available every day. This canyon features some of the more recent geological changes such as a sandpile from a recent slide. It has 12 rappels that are up to 120 ft.
Summit Angel’s Landing – Completed Summer 2012 and January 2015
Spend the night on Angel’s Landing
I would love to spend the night on this amazing viewpoint and watch the stars. Be forewarned this is not encouraged due to safety issues, it also may be restricted as it is a day use only area.
Drive the canyon road – Completed January 2015
Drive the Zion Tunnel – Completed Summer 2012 and January 2015
Visit Bryce Canyon National Park – Completed Summer 2012 and January 2015
Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the two national parks in southwest Utah. This park is famous for the geological structures called hoodoos. These spires have been formed by the wind and rain.
Hike among the Hoodoos – Completed Summer 2012
There are many trails that take one down into the Bryce Amphiter and let visitors get up close and personal with the famed hoodoos.
Check out my adventure in completing the Hike the Hoodoos Challenge.
See snow in Bryce Canyon – Completed January 2015
Visit Captial Reef National Park (Summer 2012)
Eat a fruit pie in Frutia (Summer 2012)
Visit Canyonlands National Park (Summer 2012)
Go rock crawling in Canyonlands
Watch the sunrise at Mesa Arch (Summer 2012)
White water rafting Cataract Canyon
Hike among the needles (Summer 2012)
Visit Arches National Park (Summer 2012)
Watch the sunset at Delicate Arch (Summer 2012)
Visit Cedar Breaks National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Camp in Dinosaur National Monument (October 2015)
See the fossils in Dinosaur (October 2015)
Visit Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Visit Golden Spike National Historic Site
Hike out to Hovenweep National Monument
Visit Natural Bridges National Monument
Meet some Utah Mormons (October 2015)
Hike Kanarraville Slot Canyon
Visit Rainbow Bridge National Monuments
See the Book of Mormons in Utah
Visit Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Day Hike to Blanche Lake
Hike to White Pine Lake
Take a swim in the Saratoga Hot Springs
Do the wave in the Wave
Camp at Goblin Valley
Watch the sunset in Reflection Canyon
Get a reflection shot at Bonneville Salt Flats
Explore Antelope State Park
Go Sailing on Great Salt Lake
Go bobsledding at Olympic Park
Hike to Calf Creek Falls
Go Slacklining in Moab (need to start practicing for this)
Take a tour of Temple Square
Hike Mount Timpanogos (second highest point in Utah)
What is on your Ultimate Utah Bucket List?
Be sure to check out my other Ultimate Bucket Lists!