May flowers have started blooming. Soon the school bells will stop ringing and summer vacation will be here. Let the trip planning begin. Traveling on a budget? No worries, we’ve compiled a list of destinations right here in Utah for your next staycation.
Zion National Park
This majestic park offers a wide range of lodging accommodations and recreational opportunities. Travelers can rent cabins, vacation homes and camp sites. They can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, climbing, jeep tours, trekking, swimming, zip lining, ATV rentals, guided trips and more. Zion National Park a nature preserve distinguished by steep red cliffs, forest trails and the Virgin River flowing into the Emerald Pools should be on everyone’s must-see list.
Lake Powell is a beautiful reservoir on the Colorado River. The lake straddles the Utah-Arizona border and is visited by more than 2 million people each year. Travelers can enjoy hiking, climbing, rappelling and even boating through Utah’s southern canyons. Others also enjoy camping and fishing. Lake Powell is located close to scenic destinations such as the Grand Staircase in Escalante National Park and Goblin Valley State Park.
Arches National Park
Arches National Park produces water and wind carved wonders. There are more than 2,000 named arches within the park. Travelers can enjoy a variety of activities including hiking, guided tours, rafting, rock climbing and rappelling, camping and mountain biking.
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests
Covering more than 2.1 million ecologically diverse acres the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests cater to just about everyone with world-renowned skiing and scenic highway cruising. We recommend the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. Travelers also can go rafting, fishing, boating, camping and hiking.
Flaming Gorge offers seemingly limitless recreation activities without all of the people! With an average temperature of 78 degrees, beautiful scenery and crystal-clear waters, one would expect people to flock to this little paradise− but they don’t.
Capitol Reef National Park
Go glamping in Capitol Reef National Park. Don’t like roughing it? No problem, luxury cabins, teepees, wagons and comfort await at the Capitol Reef Resort. Million dollar views, rich geological history and sensory overload make this national park a great escape from the everyday grind.
This Southern Utah city provides the perfect basecamp for multiple national park trips. Bryce Canyon is just two hours away while the Grand Canyon is three. For those who aren’t as enthusiastic about the outdoors, you can enjoy a spa treatment, play, shopping, eating and even gallery hopping.