Utah equals outdoor activities; so much so that we would happily exchange the word `outdoors' for `Utah' in the English language if we could. From exploring magnificent national parks to skiing some of the greatest snow on earth to touring the outlaw hideouts of the Wild West, Utah holidays are full of adventures set within stunning natural scenery. In fact, the only time you will want to be indoors is when you sleep (and maybe not even then).
The wide open spaces of Utah stitch up a patchwork of spectacularly beautiful scenery and national parks. There are five national parks you may come across on your holiday in Utah, each more awesome and astonishingly beautiful than the last. Check out the naturally formed gothic spires, church steeples, and limestone hoodoos in the iron-rich limestone of Bryce Canyon National Park. Or lose yourself in the raw beauty of nature at Zion National Park, where you will see a multi-hued landscape of unmatched splendour among the domes, fins, and blocky massifs.
Whether you are looking for backcountry powder or manicured runs, the skiing in Utah is truly some of the finest in the USA. There are 14 world-class ski and snowboard resorts sprinkled around Utah, with an average of 500 inches of fine, powdery snow each winter. Choose from some of the most famous ski resorts in the USA, such as Brighton Resort, the local favourite; the variety of skiable terrain at Deer Valley Resort; the fresh powder of Snowbasin Ski Resort; and the curvy halfpipes and terrain parks at Park City Canyons Resorts.
Since Utah is one of the premier outdoor destinations in the USA, it is no surprise that the outdoor adventures here are basically limitless. And with five national parks, seven national monuments, five national forests, 43 state parks, and 14 ski areas, you have plenty of backdrops to choose from. The rivers and lakes offer kayaking, rafting, and boating, the canyons offer rock climbing and mountain biking, or head to Utah's mountains to ski some of the softest, lightest powder on Earth.
The Great Salt Lake is one of the largest salt lakes in the world, second only to the Dead Sea. This unique lake is home to millions of native birds, such as the largest population of Wilson's phalarope in the world. On the shores of the lake, Antelope Island State Park offers hiking and cycling trails, beaches, and stunning panoramic views across the lake. On the southern side of the lake at Great Salt Lake State Park is a marina from which sailboats launch into the waters.