Utah is an adventure travelers dream. The state is made up of sprawling red deserts, giant lakes, national forests, and scenery that looks like it belongs on another planet. It’s no wonder that many visitors, both domestic and international, list Utah as one of the must-see destinations for those who love the outdoors.
Utah’s highlights include the winter wonderland of Park City, the geological wonders of Moab, the Bryce Canyon National Park, the city of St. George, and the state’s capital, Salt Lake City. There is also the world-famous Zion National Park, where you’ll see steep red cliffs, a plethora of wildlife, waterfalls, and more. You can visit all the Mighty 5 National Parks, or just the few that strike your fancy.
Nestled between these incredible landscapes are friendly small towns that make the perfect base to truly get away from it all and gives a true taste of the great American West. Camp in the woods or stay at a five-star luxury retreat. Go alone or bring your entire family. Stay on the main path or head to the backcountry. No matter what type of travel style you’re into, you’ll love Utah.
Lets explore the best small towns to visit in Utah:
1. Green River
Simple, relaxed, and raw, Green River is a small town with less than 1,000 residents that offers a retreat away from any semblance of city life. Obviously, there is an incredible river that weaves through town, where explorers often raft through the Desolation and Gray Canyons.
Visitors can visit the John Wesley Powell Museum that exhibits pristine adventure boats that were once used to explore the waterways of the state, before the invention of today’s rubber rafts. Be sure to fuel up on melon – some of the best in the world – and grab a drink at Ray’s Tavern, a casual pub serving cold beer and classic American fare.