Northern Nevada is the quintessential American West. Wild, open spaces that are sparsely populated with towns and ranches few and far between. This is the country where the cows, antelope, and deer far outnumber the human population.
The Wasatch Front offers excellent hiking, climbing, mountain biking, and skiing all within a short drive of Utah's major population centers. There are many world peaks to hike, climbs to climb, and routes to ski.
Utah's West Desert is a barren place, far more populated by wild horses and coyotes than people. Hiking and exploring the west desert is a solitary activity, but there is a stark beauty in the area, and many interesting things to see and do.