Whether you’re a young family with kids, retired, or single with no strings to hold you down, there’s no end to the fun you can have in Utah with a little imagination and planning.
Utah holds just over 82-thousand square miles, with about 33 people per square mile. That’s impressive, given the fact the national average is over 85 people per square mile. Bottom line: more room to play!
If you’re interested in making some plans for the Summer months in Utah (and who isn’t up for that), here’s a comprehensive list of fun things to do as the weather heats up even more.
Step up your Utah adventure this year by switching out your two legs for two wheels! From Weber County to Southern Utah, here’s a list of Utah’s best mountain bike terrain.
- Antelope Island is in the middle of the Great Salt Lake, and offers varying degrees of difficulty, including the White Rock Bay Loop and the Shoreline Trail.
- Ben Lomond is a six-mile climb reaching 3,000 feet for advanced riders, and has spectacular views along the way.
- Mueller Park is located in Millcreek Canyon, and the first part of the trail is great for beginners and novice riders.
- The trail called Ensign Peak is actually a section of the massive Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
- Wasatch Crest runs along a ridge between Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon.
- Speaking of the Bonneville Shoreline, this trail is roughly 100 miles, and will eventually run from the Idaho border to Nephi.
- Mormon Trail is just east of Emigration Canyon, where Brigham Young declared “This is the right place” as he gazed across the Salt Lake Valley.
- Glenwild is a high elevation loop near Park City in Summit County.
- Catch some breathtaking views from the American Fork Canyon overlook, including Mutual Dell, Lone Peak and Mount Timpanogos.
- Big Baldy Loop is one tricky ride, and should be reserved for those technical riders daring enough to face danger straight in the eyes.
- Check out the Native American rock drawings as you make your way around the Anasazi trail near the Santa Clara River.
- Another trail in Southern Utah is the Bearclaw-Poppy trail near St. George.Whether you’re wanting to unwind after a long day, spend an evening under the stars, or experience a new dining option in Salt Lake, here are the area’s best dining-with-a-view options.
- Caffé Niche features farm-to-table food, fresh coffee and a community-like atmosphere.
- Caffé Molise has a garden patio where they serve up delicious Italian cuisine.
- Enjoy wine or beer with your meal at Café Trio, plus a selection of unique appetizers.
- Simple and elegant food at Pig & A Jelly Jar, which also pride themselves on farm-to-table dishes.
- Stop by Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar for weekend brunch!
- Ruth’s Diner is a Utah landmark, and once you step inside, you’ll understand why.
- The Dodo Restaurant has smoked ribs, fresh desserts and a selection of wine and spirits.
- Fresh, local ingredients are what make the Oasis Cafe worth visiting.
- Across the street from Liberty Park is The Park Café. Get the omelet and pork potatoes. Seriously.
Since we’re on the topic of water, there are plenty of swimming options a little closer to home. If you’re into indoor swimming, or relaxing under the sun outside, these are Utah’s essential places to cool off.
- Ogden High Pool is a competitive swimming facility, with new lockers and showers, and an 8 lane Myrtha pool.
- North Shore Aquatic Center offers swimming lessons, a lifeguarding course, and a splash pad.
- The South Davis Recreation Center also offers aquatics classes like Aqua Zumba and kickboxing.
- The Farmington Swimming Pool opens again May 23.
- Reopening for the season on Memorial Day is the outdoor pool at the Murray Aquatic Center, but you can still take advantage of the indoor pool.
- Dimple Dell in Sandy has a fitness facility and rock climbing wall if you want to try something new.
- The South Summit Aquatic and Fitness Center is located in Kamas.
- Take diving lessons and more at the Park City Aquatic Center.
- Deseret Peak Aquatic Center has a water slide, diving boards, and is ideal for all ages.
- Another swimming facility in Tooele is Pratt Aquatic Center.
- There’s an aquatics center at the Lehi Legacy Center, with a lap pool, “bubble couch”, water slide and fountains.
- If you find yourself in this neck of the woods, check out the Nephi Swimming Pool.
- The Sand Hollow Aquatic Center in St. George has water slides and toys for the whole family.
- The Washington City Community Center is the largest indoor aquatic complex in Utah.