10 Beautiful Places In Utah That Need To Be On Your Bucket List

From snowcapped mountains and alpine forests to beautiful red rock canyons and waterfalls, Utah is the ultimate destination for outdoor recreation.

Get ready for adventure and breathtaking sights at these 10 beautiful places in Utah.

1. Bryce Canyon National Park

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Known for its unique reddish-orange hoodoos and sandstone cliffs, Bryce Canyon is the perfect place to lose yourself in breathtaking scenery and amazing vistas. In the warmer months, hike, bike, or ATV and during the winter, enjoy a sleigh ride or cross-country skiing.


2. Zion National Park

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Zion literally means “the heavenly city” and this epic park lives up to its name. Desert waterfalls, emerald pools, mountain ridges, slot canyons, and drop dead gorgeous views await visitors in Zion. With more than 100 trails, this park is a paradise for hikers. Not into hiking? There are endless opportunities for horseback riding, ATVing, biking, and climbing in Zion.

Where to camp: Zion West RV Park


3. Little Cottonwood Canyon

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Travel 20 miles outside of Salt Lake City and you will find yourself at this stunning “U” shaped canyon. Nestled within the Wasatch-Chache National Forest, Little Cottonwood Canyon features rugged peaks, beautiful lakes, and enormous granite walls. Rock climbing and hiking are popular here in the summer and during the winter months, visitors flock to the canyon for world class skiing.

Where to camp: Echo Island Ranch – Retrailia RV Resorts


4. Canyonlands National Park

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This dramatic landscape, carved by the Colorado and Green Rivers, boasts deep canyons, staggering mesas, and towering cliffs that stretch across more than 300,000 acres. Canyonlands is divided into three unique districts, the most popular being Island in the Sky. Regardless of whether you love hiking, biking, rafting, or just taking scenic drives, there is an adventure for everyone at this park.


5. Arches National Park

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Arches is home to more than 2,000 natural stone arches. Explore more than 76,000 acres of beautiful contrasting colors, arches, enormous balanced rocks, and towering pinnacles. This is the place to be if you love hiking, rafting, climbing, biking, off-roading, or basically anything that involves the outdoors.

Where to camp: A OK RV Park


6. Goblin Valley State Park

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This unique landscape is both strange and beautiful. Hike or bike amongst sandstone goblins and otherworldly formations or take advantage of one of the darkest night skies in the world and relax under the Milky Way.

Where to camp: Rio Virgin RV Park


7. Capitol Reef National Park

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This desert gem can be found in the heart of Utah’s red rock country. Discover cliffs, canyons, bridges, and white sandstone domes as well as the remains of ancient civilizations in Capitol Reef. Whether you’re exploring the park by foot or vehicle, there is no lack of excitement and amazing sights here.

Where to camp: Koosharem RV Park


8. Fishlake National Forest

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This beautiful green oasis boasts plateaus, mountains, enchanting aspens, and lush mountain meadows. The forest is named for Fishlake, the largest mountain lake in Utah, which is known for its trout fishing. Non-motorized and motorized trails weave throughout the park and provide opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, ATVing snowmobiling, and scenic drives.

Where to camp: Wagons West RV Park


9. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

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This expansive sea of reddish-pink sand is a paradise for off-highway vehicles. Located southeast of Zion National Park, this park offers amazing views of the Zion area from the more than 2,000 acres of sand that are open to OHVs.

Where to camp: Rio Virgin RV Park


10. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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If you’re looking for a backcountry adventure, this is the place to be. With nearly 3,000 square miles of beautiful sandstone cliffs, slot canyons, waterfalls, never-ending slickrock, and prehistoric villages, Grand Staircase-Escalante is the perfect place to escape the crowds.


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Jessica is a freelance writer. She resides in Minnesota with her husband, dog, and 6 cats. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and being President of the Introvert Club.