Regions of Utah
There are a butte-load of places to visit in Utah. So we’ve broken down the state into 11 regions to help you know what’s what. From the tippy top of the state down to its bootylicious bottom, you can view and interact with our maps to learn about all the multitudinous things to do in Utah.
Or spend some coin and buy a real-life Utah map for the street cred. Whatever you need to help plan your trip to national parks and monuments, state parks, and major cities in Utah
The northwest corner of Utah was once under more than 5 trillion tons of saltwater. An inland ocean, Lake Bonneville’s bloated body reached across state borders with its gangly arms before spilling into the Snake River roughly 14,000 years ago.
It left behind the Great Salt Lake and the even saltier Bonneville Salt Flats. Once the water weight was gone, the earth’s crust rebounded like a springy mattress, creating mountain ranges with jagged, shark-like fins circling the ancient lakebed.
- Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
- Bonneville Salt Flats
- Golden Spike National Historical Park
- Great Salt Lake
- Spiral Jetty
- Willard Bay State Park
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View of Bear Lake in Northern Utah
Everything here feels tucked away. Just like you hide the good cookies on the top shelf, Utah keeps some of its best alpine adventures hidden all the way up north.
Expect bucolic farmland around Logan, uncrowded locals-only ski resorts, and a giant secret freshwater Caribbean.
- Bear Lake
- Beaver Mountain, Cherry Peak, Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, Nordic Valley Ski Resorts
- Hyrum Lake State Park
- East Canyon State Park
- Weber State University & Utah State University
Three counties. Four percent of the state. Two-thirds of its population. But “this is(n’t just) the place” for people watching.
The Wasatch Front transitions gracefully from skiable, bikeable mountains to metropolitan conveniences. One minute you’re carb-loading at a restaurant on Main Street. A few minutes later, you’re literally on a mountain trail or sailing on the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere.
- Great Salt Lake State Park
- Salt Lake City
- Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, Solitude, Sundance Ski Resorts
- Temple Square
- SLC International Airport
- Antelope Island State Park
This is what rich people from Hollywood think Utah looks like.
Hike, bike, ski, boat, fish, 4x4, or (watch someone else) ride a bull in northern Utah’s version of the wild west.
- Park City Mountain & Deer Valley Ski Resorts
- Park City
- Heber City
- Deer Creek, Jordanelle, Rockport, Echo & Strawberry Reservoirs
- Heber Valley Railroad
- Utah Olympic Park
- Uinta Mountains
Where the blues and greens of the Rocky Mountains meet the reds, oranges, pinks, and yellows of the Colorado Plateau — Flaming Gorge isn't even trying not to show off — plus the oil, canyons, and fossils of Dinosaurland just outside Vernal. It's no wonder John Wesley Powell wanted to visit.
- Flaming Gorge
- Dinosaur National Monument
- Green River
- Starvation, Steinaker & Red Fleet Reservoirs
Welcome to The Holey Land, sacred ground for hikers, bikers, off-roaders and river rats. This is where the Colorado Plateau really goes for it, from weird bumps and bulges in the Swell to implausible sandstone sculptures around the Green and Colorado Rivers.
Don’t tell anyone about it. They wouldn’t believe you anyway.
- Arches National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Capitol Reef National Park
- Goblin Valley State Park
- San Rafael Swell
- Dead Horse Point State Park
Is ATV Country the heart of Utah or the gut? We think it’s the heart, pumping adrenaline through its labyrinthine veins.
The Arapeen and Paiute ATV trail system twists and turns its way across hundreds of thousands of acres of national forests, over mountains and through meadows. Alpine lakes and natural hot springs freckle the evergreen and aspen face.
Bring your fishing pole and your bathing suit.
- Yuba State Park
- Arapeen ATV Trail
- Paiute ATV Trail
- Sevier River
- Fishlake National Forest
- Manti-La Sal National Forest
- Fremont Indian State Park and Museum
Sometimes you just want to load your truck with water, gasoline, and sandwiches and put a little distance between yourself and the rest of humanity.
Satisfy your soul’s itch for solitude in the mettle-testing mountains of the West Desert (and pop over to Great Basin National Park while you’re out … even though it technically sits across the Utah border).
- Great Basin National Park
- Tushar Mountains
- Little Sahara Recreation Area
- Eagle Point Ski Resort
- Sevier Lake
- Deep Creek Mountains
Utah’s bottom-left (aka the Persian Golf, aka Retirement Desert, aka Virtuous Vegas) sits at the nexus of the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateau, and the Mojave Desert.
It ranges from hot and low (Beaver Dam Wash is 2,180’) to snowy Brian Head Peak (11,300’). Oh, and Zion National Park. You may have heard of it.
- Zion National Park
- St. George
- Cedar Breaks National Monument
- Snow Canyon State Park
- Brian Head Ski Resort
Vying with its neighbors to the north and east for Remotest in UtahTM. Kanab (pop. 5k) is the biggest city and the hub for all the state and national parks, monuments, etc.
The area is also known for its concentration of drop-your-jaw, suck-in-your-gut slot canyons.
- Lake Powell
- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Highway 12
Monument Corner covers nine percent of the state, 0.5% of its population — but that’s due to a shortage of water, not scenery.
Residents are almost outnumbered by four national monuments, a national park, and a handful of state parks and museums. And it’s all within a few hours’ drive of the historic city of Blanding.
- Monument Valley
- Canyonlands National Park
- Bears Ears
- Hovenweep National Monument
- Four Corners
- Cliff dwellings
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