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Mother Nature outdid herself when she made Utah. From the magnificent arches in Arches National Park, to the mesmerizing wavy rock walls of Antelope Canyon, the state is full of geological wonders, endless adventures, and the kind of epic natural scenery that makes memories that will last a lifetime.
The technical ledges, slick rock and breathtaking vistas that make up the Captain Ahab trail just outside of Moab are the kind of things that mountain biking dreams are made of. Tackle the easy climb at the top end of this 9.5 mile trail, and reap the rewards with fast and exciting drops along cliff edges and overlooks with vast views of the area’s colorful landscape.
Choose your adventure in the rust-colored deep canyons of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Explore one of nature’s most breathtaking geological wonders, from accessible wonder of a place like Calf Creek Falls, to true adventure of paddling the Escalante River when the flows are right. Whether you’re looking for a mellow hike, or a challenging multi-day trip, this gem has a little something for outdoor adventurers of all levels.
The warm water-reservoir and sandy beaches lure travelers to Sand Hollow State Park near St. George each year, but it’s the unique red rock formations rising from the calm blue waters of the reservoir that keep stand-up paddle boarders coming back for more. Plus, overnight campgrounds make it easy to turn a SUP adventure here, into an all-out SUP weekend.
Wind Caves and Witch’s Castle, may sound like places in a fairy tale, but they are part of a magical and unique trail system on the north side of Logan Canyon. The popular 5.3-mile hiking trail leads to triple arch and natural cave in a limestone outcropping, known as the Witch’s Castle, which offers panoramic views. The trail to the Wind Caves is fairly steep, but the final destination is worth working up a sweat.
Antelope Island is the largest of ten islands located within the Great Salt Lake, and although this 42 square-mile patch of land is relatively small, it’s filled with adventure. Cycling, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and birding are all popular activities on the island, but be sure to watch out for the herd of bison that roam freely along the sandy and salty shores of this mighty lake.
Quench your thirst after a long day on Utah trails with a locally-made craft beer from one of the state’s renowned breweries. Grab a can of one of Uinta Brewing’s easy-drinking brews to rehydrate post-ride, or belly up to the bar at Epic Brewing Company’s Salt Lake City taproom for a pint. In need of a refuel? Grab a burger and a handcrafted beer at the Moab Brewery.