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Are you looking to have that southwest experience? Or maybe you want to go hiking or camping in scenic areas that aren’t too heavily populated?

Even with social distancing guidelines dwindling down a bit, it’s still nice to get away now and then. Utah has plenty of outdoor activities that offer great times and unforgettable memories that still abide by social distancing guidelines. Check out this list of outdoor activities to experience in Utah.

Sand Boarding At Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Kanab

wild flowers in the dunes
Source: Chris Dickey/Flickr

This state park was formed by eroded pink color Navajo sandstones, which are beautiful enough to camp out and relax. However, if you do want to do a bit more than camp and hike, you can also go horseback riding, watch the wildlife and even ride on off-highway vehicles! While this state park is popular, you don’t have to worry about it being crowded; there’s so much space for individual adventures!

Homestead Crater

This beautiful hidden gem is home to a cave and mineral hot spring with temperatures between 90 and 95°F. The water is truly gem-colored and glistens with the sun. You can dive, swim or snorkel at this destination which is also known for being one of the only warm water dive sites in the US. The crater continues to grow at a steady pace, allowing for more of its thousands of years old mineral walls to showcase itself. 

Snowbird’s Peruvian Tunnel

If you’re wanting to cool down after taking a dip in the hot springs at the Homestead Crater, you don’t have to travel far. Snowbird’s Peruvian tunnel is the only ski tunnel in North America. The tunnel is less than 20 years old, and yet it pays plenty of homage to the area’s mining history with historical images and objects throughout the site. You can enjoy the snow and learn a thing or two while trekking through this outdoor tunnel.

House on Fire Ruin

House on Fire Ruin
Source: Shaan Hurley/Flickr

This canyon is truly remote and is great for experienced hikers and campers. The scenery is well-preserved and has so much history of Ancestral Puebloan architecture. Around mid-morning, when the sun hits just right, the rock appears to be a bright red, almost as if the ruin is on fire. But fear not, the ruin gained its name merely for its beautiful illusions of fire. This fascinating location guarantees an authentic southwest experience.

Mill Creek

Mill Creek, Moab, Utah
Source: Ken Lund/Flickr

Although this creek is not too far from downtown Moab, it is excellent for those who like to go biking or four-wheeling for those who just want to take a pleasant, serene stroll through nature. It is also perfect for those who just want to get away and relax, especially after the hustle and bustle of downtown Moab. Don’t forget your binoculars because it is also a popular area for birdwatching!

Utah has plenty of outdoor activities and locations that anybody can enjoy. Some places are heavily populated, and others are hidden gems. This list offers remote and tranquil experiences without having to worry about overcrowding.

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