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Southern Utah is widely regarded as one of the premier hiking, rock climbing, canyoneering, and hiking destinations in the world. What most people don’t know about this part of the state, though, is that it offers a ton of other activities that aren’t all about hiking.
If you want to experience a different side of Southern Utah, check out these unique activities.
Brian Head is an exceptional ski resort, with the base lifts at nearly 10,000 feet. Eagle Point is smaller, though it also boasts soaring peaks and relatively few crowds.
During the summer, both resorts offer mountain biking, concerts, and horseback rides, among other activities.
The mixed alpine forests and red sandstone rocks of Southern Utah make for dramatic scenery. Often, it can change from one to the other in just a few miles.
Hopping on an ATV and getting up close and personal with the landscape is a great way to experience what this part of the world has to offer. Some of the most thrilling rides you’ll go on are Zion ATV tours, held in the area around Zion National Park. From Zion’s deep slot canyons to the sprawling desert surrounding it, you’ll see more than you thought the land had to offer.
Southern Utah is sparsely populated, even by Western United States standards. This has led to areas like Capitol Reef National Park being designated as Dark Sky parks, where stargazing opportunities are completely unmatched.
In the clear summer skies you’ll see the Milky Way, shooting stars, and all the constellations you can find. You won’t get this kind of experience in Colorado, which is just another feature of the land that makes Southern Utah so unique.
Ancient Indian tribes inhabited Utah for thousands of years, and Southern Utah is rich in Native American history. Tons of rock art decorates the area in and around Zion National Park, as well as around the towns of Parowan and Richfield. Fremont Indian State Park is home to a large group of petroglyphs, and the hiking is minimal compared to other famous sites.
Even though Utah is the second-driest state in America, the boating opportunities in the southern part of the state are some of the best in the West. Lake Powell, an impoundment of the Colorado River, is incredibly popular with recreational boaters. Booking a houseboat is considered a must for any first-timers at Powell.
In addition the boating, the lake is regarded as a world-class striped bass fishery. The “stripers” boil during the day, feeding aggressively on the surface. A well-timed cast will bring fish after fish into your boat.
Whether you’re a southern Utah veteran or this is your first time here, do yourself a favor and look around at what else this place has to offer. Chances are you’ll be surprised at what you find.
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