Roadside Attraction

Adventures

Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef is a diverse destination. Many short park trails and scenic drives make for great family fun, while some technical canyoneering adventures keep the more adventurous entertained.

Trip Rating Length Quality
Behunin Cabin - Capitol Reef National Park Roadside Attraction Less than an hour.
(1 Ratings)
Bluebell Knoll - Wayne County Highpoint Easy 30 minutes, less than 0.5 miles.
(2 Ratings)
Capitol Gorge - Capitol Reef Easy Hiking 1-2+ hours
(1 Ratings)
Chimney Rock Trail - Capitol Reef Moderate Hike (3.5 miles round trip / 810' of elevation gain) 3-4 hours
(1 Ratings)
Fish Creek Panel - Torrey Easy Hiking 1+ hours
(2 Ratings)
Fruita Schoolhouse - Capitol Reef National Park Roadside Attraction 30 minutes
(1 Ratings)
Grand Wash - Capitol Reef Easy Hiking (2.2 / 4.4 miles) 1-2 hours
(1 Ratings)
Pleasant Creek - Capitol Reef Easy Hiking 1-2 hours (1.5 miles)
(2 Ratings)
Sand Creek Petrified Wood - Torrey Roadside Attraction 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Strike Valley Overlook - Burr Trail Easy Hiking 3-4 hours
(1 Ratings)
Sunset Point and Goosenecks Point - Capitol Reef Easy Hiking 1 hour
(1 Ratings)

Cedar Mesa

This are is renowned for its Indian ruins and rock art, Cedar Mesa / Bears Ears National Monument takes up the southeast corner of Utah.

Trip Rating Length Quality
Arch Canyon Overlook - Cedar Mesa Roadside Attraction < 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Arch Canyon Ruin - Cedar Mesa Roadside Attraction < 30 minutes
(3 Ratings)
Fry Canyon Ruins Overlook - Cedar Mesa Roadside Attraction < 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Mule Canyon Towers - Cedar Mesa Roadside Attraction and a short hike 1-2 hours (less than a mile)
(1 Ratings)
Muley Point - Cedar Mesa Roadside Attraction < 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Natural Bridges National Monument - Cedar Mesa Easy to Moderate depending on route Varies
(1 Ratings)
Over Under Ruins - Cedar Mesa Easy Hiking 1-2 hours
(1 Ratings)
Pine Spring Ruin - Cedar Mesa Easy Hiking. 1-2 hours
(1 Ratings)
Salvation Knoll - Cedar Mesa Roadside Attraction and a short hike 30 minutes
(1 Ratings)
Sand Island Petroglyph Panel - Bluff Roadside Attraction Less than an hour.
(2 Ratings)
Sheiks Canyon - Grand Gulch Moderate Hike 4-6 hours
(3 Ratings)
Tower Ruin - Cedar Mesa Short Hike 1 hour
(1 Ratings)

Escalante & Bryce

Made a National Monument in 1996, the Escalante area is likely best known for its stunning backpacking opportunities. There are also plenty of hiking and canyoneering adventures. This makes a great spring and fall destination and would take a lifetime to fully explore.

Trip Rating Length Quality
100 Hands Panel - Highway 12 Short hike 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Bryce Canyon - Bryce Easy to Moderate Hiking 1+ hours
(2 Ratings)
Devils Garden - Escalante Easy trail walking 1-2 hours
(4 Ratings)
Kodachrome Basin - Paria Easy Hiking A few hours to all day
(3 Ratings)
Montezuma's Gold - Kanab Easy trail hiking. 4-6 hours, bring headlamps
(1 Ratings)
Mossy Cave - Bryce Canyon National Park Easy Walking 1+ hours
(1 Ratings)
The Toadstools - Paria Easy trail walking / hiking 1-3 hours each
(2 Ratings)

Lake Powell

Lake Powell is unique in the world with miles and miles of exquisite boating. Beyond the boating, however, are some of the most stunning canyoneering and hiking adventures on the Colorado Plateau.

Trip Rating Length Quality
Defiance House - Bullfrog Short hike < 1 hour
(2 Ratings)

Moab

Moab, the civilized desert. This is THE place to go for easy access canyoneering, hiking, roadside attractions, and then end the day with fine dining and a 4-star hotel.

Trip Rating Length Quality
Copper Ridge Dinosaur Track - Moab Roadside Attraction less than 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Courthouse Wash Panel - Moab Short hike < 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Dead Horse State Park - Moab Roadside Attraction / Easy Hike 1+ hours
(1 Ratings)
Fisher Towers - Moab Easy hiking. About 5 miles roundtrip (2-3 hours)
(1 Ratings)
Golf Course Panel - Moab Roadside Attraction Less than 1 hour.
(1 Ratings)
Icebox Canyon - Moab Easy Hiking 1 Hour
(1 Ratings)
Kane Creek Rock Art - Moab Easy Hiking / Roadside 2+ hours
(1 Ratings)
Looking Glass Rock - Moab 5.7 3-Pitches 2-3 hours
(1 Ratings)
Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail - Moab Roadside Attraction 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Newspaper Rock - Indian Creek Roadside Attraction 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Potash Road Attractions - Moab Roadside Attractions 1-2 Hours
(1 Ratings)
Prostitute Butte - South of Moab Roadside Attraction 1+ hours
(1 Ratings)
Sego Canyon Rock Art - Thompson Roadside Attraction 1-2 hours
(1 Ratings)
Sego Ghost Town - Thompson Roadside Attraction 1-2 hours
(1 Ratings)
Sevenmile Canyon - Moab Roadside Attraction / Easy Hike 1-3 hours (5 miles)
(1 Ratings)
Tusher Tunnel - Moab Easy Walking 1+ hours
(1 Ratings)
Wilson Arch - Moab 5.3 1-2 hours
(3 Ratings)
Yellow Cat - Posion Strip Mine Ruins Easy Walking 1+ hours
(1 Ratings)

North Wash

  Canyoneering is king in North Wash, and likely the reason most visit. North Wash canyons tend to be short, narrow, and physical. This is the place to bring long sleeves and long pants. With easy access, next to the highway, this makes a good choice for groups.

Trip Rating Length Quality
Burr Point Trail - Dirty Devil Roadside Attraction or Moderate Hike 1-6+ hours (6.5 miles round trip to view point)
(1 Ratings)
Hog Springs - North Wash Easy hiking 1-2 hours
(3 Ratings)
Trachyte Falls - Trachyte Easy Hiking 1 hour
(1 Ratings)

Northern Utah

Northern Utah is the most populated area in Utah, though once you venture an hour or so away from the Wasatch Front, solitude can be found.

Trip Rating Length Quality
Bull Mountain - Box Elder County Highpoint Easy A few minutes
(1 Ratings)
Crystal Lake - Western Uintas Easy Hike 15 minutes (0.4 miles round trip)
(1 Ratings)
Fantasy Canyon - Vernal Roadside Attraction < 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Monument Peak - Carbon County Highpoint Drive Up 10 minutes
(1 Ratings)

Odds and Ends

Odds and ends... You know, things that don't fit anywhere else yet! Fun stuff, none-the-less.

Trip Rating Length Quality
Galena Ghost Town - Battle Mountain Nevada Roadside Attraction 1+ hours
(1 Ratings)
Grimes Point and Hidden Cave - Fallon Nevada Roadside Attraction or Moderate Hike 2+ hours
(1 Ratings)
Jump Creek - Boise Idaho Easy Hiking 1+ hours (0.5 miles)
(1 Ratings)
Osceola Ghost Town - Ely Nevada Roadside Attraction / Easy Hike 1 hour
(1 Ratings)

Red Desert

The Red Desert, in south/central Wyoming, is touted as being one of the largest unfenced areas in the lower 48. Visiting the Red Desert is like stepping back in time. Huge views unspoiled by building and structures, wild horses, and very few other visitors.

Trip Rating Length Quality
Seedskadee Wildlife Refuge Easy Paddling or Hiking Several hours to several days
(1 Ratings)

Robbers Roost

The Roost is a very remote area of south eastern Utah. Canyoneering adventures in Robbers Roost tend to be fairly dry, and have long exits. The area was used in the late 1800's and early 1900's by outlaws, hence the name.

Trip Rating Length Quality
Chaffin Ranch Cold Water Geyser - San Rafael Desert Roadside Attraction 2-3 hours
(1 Ratings)

San Rafael Swell

My favorite area in Utah, the San Rafael Swell offers excellent camping, hiking, canyoneering, and rock climbing. For solitude and amazing views, this is the place to go.

Trip Rating Length Quality
Ascending Sheep Panel - Moore Easy to Moderate Hike 1+ hours
(1 Ratings)
Black Dragon Wash - San Rafael Swell Easy Walking < 1 hour.
(2 Ratings)
Buckhorn Wash Art Panels - San Rafael Swell Easy Walking 1+ hours.
(2 Ratings)
Cottonwood Wash - Northern Swell Easy to Moderate depending on route 1 hour+ (12 miles for the full loop)
(2 Ratings)
Cottonwood Wash Spring Panel - Eastern Reef Easy Hiking Less than an hour
(1 Ratings)
Crystal Geyser - Green River Roadside Attraction 1+ hours
(3 Ratings)
Dutchman Arch - Locomotive Point - San Rafael Swell Easy Walking < 1 hour.
(1 Ratings)
Ferron Box Panels - Western Swell Easy hiking. 1-4 hours
(1 Ratings)
Goblin Valley - Southern Swell Easy hiking 1+ hours
(3 Ratings)
Lower Muddy Creek - Hidden Splendor Easy Hiking 4-6 hours (8-ish miles)
(1 Ratings)
Molen Seeps Panel - Western Swell Easy hiking. less than an hour
(1 Ratings)
Short Canyon - Moore Easy hiking 1+ hours
(2 Ratings)
Snake Panel - Moore Roadside Attraction less than 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Spirit Railroad - Northern Swell Roadside Attraction 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Temple Mountain Panels - Eastern Reef Roadside Attraction less than 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Wedge Overlook - San Rafael Swell Roadside Attraction 1 hour+.
(1 Ratings)

Wasatch Front

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.

Trip Rating Length Quality
Golden Spike National Monument - Promontory Point Roadside Attraction / Easy Hike 1-3 hours
(1 Ratings)
Lackawaxen Lake - Wasatch Front Easy Hiking. 2-3 hours (3 miles)
(1 Ratings)

West Desert

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.

Trip Rating Length Quality
Black Rock Spring - Delta Roadside Attraction Less than an hour
(1 Ratings)
Crystal Peak - Delta Roadside Attraction / Moderate Scramble 1-2 hours
(1 Ratings)
Fossil Mountain - Delta Roadside Attraction Less than an hour
(1 Ratings)
Meadow Hot Springs - West Desert Easy walking to a great hot springs. 5 minute walk + soak time
(2 Ratings)

Zion & Southwest

Quite possibly the canyoneering capital in the US, Zion offers  canyoneering, climbing, and hiking among towering sandstone walls. The park itself is a destination, but within a short distance of the park are many additional wonders to be visited.

Trip Rating Length Quality
Brian Head - Iron County Highpoint Roadside Attraction 10 minutes
(1 Ratings)
Coral Pink Sand Dunes - Mt. Carmel Easy A few minutes to all day.
(1 Ratings)
Grafton - Rockville Roadside Attraction 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Kane County Highpoint - Navajo Lake Roadside Attraction and a short hike (4 miles) 2-3 hours (3.6 miles)
(1 Ratings)
Parowan Dino Prints - Parowan Roadside Attraction < 1 hour
(2 Ratings)
Parowan Gap - Parowan Roadside Attraction < 1 hour
(2 Ratings)
Petroglyph Canyon - Zion Easy Hike less than 1 hour
(1 Ratings)
Timber Creek Overlook - Kolob Easy Hiking 1 hour (1.2 miles)
(1 Ratings)
Weeping Rock - Zion Main Canyon Easy Hiking less than 1 hour
(1 Ratings)