Utah: Red Rock, Low-Cost, High Adventure Capital of the U.S.
The mountains of majesty that our anthem declaims cut through this vast desert-dominated state creating experiences and scenery that people from around the world flock to, write about, and dedicate their art to.
40% of Utah, known as the Beehive State, is designated public land with 42 state and national parks scattered throughout. Hard work and industry characterize the state’s past and gave it its nickname, while adventure and technological innovation are said to better describe the overarching aura, present-day.
Utah’s low cost of living, world-renowned quality healthcare, and opportunities for an active and varied lifestyle call retirees in droves.
Visitors from around the world and all walks of life travel to Utah’s Mighty Five, a few of the world’s most famous national parks and landmarks. Several of the country’s top ski resorts boast powder and slopes that are unparalleled.
Utah is a bucket list destination for many, both a place to call home and a place to vacation. Rich, vibrant nature-induced colors, unique desert textures, and the massive sculpted natural formations across parks and in city backdrops are among the wonders of the world. But, there’s more. A thriving tech industry, a host of celebrity chefs, and a burgeoning arts and theatre scene dominate in cities like Salt Lake City.
For a week, or a lifetime, Utah, the adventure capital of the U.S. is a place to stay active, engaged, intrigued, and enlightened.
Places to see
1 – Park City
Breathtaking any time of the year, for skiers and film-lovers January might be the best time to book a trip. The Sundance Film Festival draws thousands of filmies to Park City every year, and the slopes are ripe and less crowded just after the holidays.
2 – Arches National Park
With 2,000 natural stone arches, 65 million years of geologic history, and trails that wind you through breathtaking views, Arches is a must see.
3 – Bryce Canyon
The annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival in June is the time to explore this forest of stone below and sea of stars above.
4 – Canyonlands
Cut through by the Green and Colorado Rivers, Canyonlands is cut into four distinct districts. Explore all four for a vastly different experience in each, and plan to float one or both of the rivers while you’re there!
5 – Capitol Reef
This 100 mile long “wrinkle on earth”, or geologic monocline, is in what is known as the Waterpocket fold. Marked by cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges, you’ll feel as though you’ve entered a new dimension.
6 – Zion
Zion is massive with lifetimes worth of places to explore and things to do. Consider Under Canvas Glamping in Springdale to stay awhile and get the full outdoor experience.
7 – Moab
Moab is the perfect headquarters when exploring Canyonlands and Arches National Park. You’ll have easy access to rafting, climbing and hiking adventures, as well as fine cuisine, nightlife, theatre and music.
8 – Monument Valley Najajo Tribal Park
Be there at sunrise. With a breathtaking open and close to each day, it’s hard to describe the chilling and unusual beauty of Monument Valley’s expansive landscape.
9 – Salt Lake City
With numerous nearby slopes, buoyant salt lakes, celebrity chefs, and a wide-range of cultural opportunities, Salt lake City is an ideal vacation destination.
10 – Dark Sky Parks
Dark Sky Parks are an international designation pertaining to spots on the map that lack light pollution, generally state and national parks. Utah is full of them.
Places to Live
Red Ledges spans over 2,000 acres of century-old family-owned land, and has become the most successful private community in Park City, Utah. It’s the active adult community you seek with the family atmosphere Park City calls for. There’s truly no end to activities at Red Ledges. From self guided adventure to community led trips and tours on the slopes, along rivers, and on the trails, outdoor opportunities are plentiful to say the least.