Welcome To Utah Outdoor Activities
Utah is an endless resource for outdoor enthusiasts. 80% of the state is set aside for public use. From red rock gorges as low as 3000 feet to peaks as high as 13,000 feet, you can discover the outdoors at all extremes. Within minutes of Utah's metropolitan areas you can enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the great outdoors. Utah Outdoor Activities is designed to be your online resource to the Utah outdoors. You can explore activities such as camping, hiking trails, rock hounding, fishing, ATV trails, wildlife viewing, skiing, snowboarding and more.
From the town of Parowan Utah, the Parowan Gap is approximately 10.5 miles down a nice paved road. Once you reach the site you will find a large parking area fully equipped with a restroom, paved walkways, and informative signs that provide information on the geology, history, and rock art. This area is a great side trip that can be enjoyed in under an hour, depending how long you want to explore.
While visiting the Parowan Gap Petroglyphs Site, we stumbled upon this beautiful area filled with large boulders. Amongst these boulders are dinosaur tracks that were left in the mud approximately 65 to 75 million years ago.
In this article we visit the Hill Aerospace Museum out at Hill Air Force Base. This museum is a fun, educational, very affordable (FREE), family friendly indoor/outdoor activity the everyone will enjoy. This museum is great for locals as well as those visiting Utah from other states or countries.
If you have been to Rockport in the winter months, then you have likely seen wildlife, whether on the highway headed towards the lake or driving thru the state park. In February 2019 we made our yearly ice fishing adventure to Rockport Reservoir. We arrived at the entrance just as the sun was making its debut over the mountain peaks.
For those not interested in hiking in the desert heat or don’t have a lot of time, because of the accessibility of the Wilson Arch photographic opportunities are available right from the parking area. Being a little more adventurous, we of course had to hike to the base of the arch. Now we really shouldn’t call this a hike, but more of a climb up a sandy rock face.
The rock face is 200-square feet and records approximately 2,000 years of early human activity. The first to make their mark were the Archaic, Basketmaker, Fremont, and Pueblo cultures. In later times the Ute, Navajo, and European Americans also made their contributions.
Now, because this location was part of our bucket list of must-see Utah locations, we planned on visiting the monument along with several other Southern Utah locations. This made the drive to the monument worth it, because we visited and participated in many other southern Utah outdoor activities along the way.
The outside of the cave looks liked an ancient Native American cave dwelling. The grounds around the cave featured replicas of ancient dwellings, green grass, and different species of desert plant life. So far, the place was inviting, relaxing, and a great place to stretch the legs.
With an elevation of over 10,000 feet the Cedar Breaks National Monument offers not only the red rock beauty of southern Utah, but also the beauty of a high elevation forest. Lined along the rim of the "half-mile deep geologic amphitheater" you will discover bristlecone pines, aspens, and beautiful high mountain meadows.
Hiking in the Cedar Breaks National Monument is one way to enjoy the uniqueness of this park. Most of the hikes in the monument provide views of the 3-mile wide amphitheater. The Alpine Pond Trail is a 2.2-mile loop that makes its way through meadows, aspens, pines, and connects with two different parking areas.
In this video I spend the day searching for Native American Rock Art on the west side of Utah Lake. As I hiked around avoiding the very large spiders, I did manage to find a few rocks that had what I believe were Native American writings. Finding the rock art was not easy with an untrained eye, but I took my time enjoying the experience and it paid off.
In this outdoor activity, I take a hike to Wall Lake in the Uinta Mountains. The trail head begins in the Crystal Lake parking lot, which is one of many trails in this area. The hike to Wall Lake is 2.5 miles round trip with little elevation gain.
Secluded and unique is one way to describe the Spiral Jetty which is located at Rozel Point on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake. Back in 1970 Robert Smithson chose this area because of its ecological and geological properties.