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Unseen Utah: 15 hidden gems you’ve probably missed

Courtesy Visit Utah

Utah is well-known for its “Mighty 5” National Parks. But there is way more to see in this disproportionately¬†beautiful¬†state. Consider the following landmarks that are routinely overlooked by visitors but beloved by those who know. I’ve visited all several times and plan to again:

  1. Fantasy Canyon. Like something out of Star Wars.
  2. Mirror Lake. Picturesque mountain lake.
  3. Goblin Valley. Like walking among giant rock people.
  4. Snow Canyon State Park. Would be a national park in any other state.
  5. Cathedral Valley (pictured). One of the most remote sections of any national park (4×4 only).
  6. Wire Rim Pass. Stunning slot canyon.
  7. Lower Calf Creek Falls. Best hike in Grand Staircase National Monument.
  8. Peak-a-boo/Spooky Slots. Also out of Star Wars.
  9. Muley Point Overlook. Dramatic finish at the end of a dramatic drive (i.e. Moki Dugway).
  10. Kanarraville Falls. Terrific short hike.
  11. Corona Arch. Probably the best arch in the entire state accessible by land.
  12. Kodachrome State Park. Would also be a national park in any other state. Really.
  13. Rainbow Bridge National Monument. Probably the best arch period, accessible only by boat on Lake Powell.
  14. Valley of the Gods. Almost as good as the nearby Monument Valley but worth visiting nonetheless.
  15. Cedar Breaks. A mini Bryce Canyon.

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