Southwestern Utah

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Southwestern Utah - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    On a typical day, this 3,700-acre compound 7 miles north of town houses some 1,600 rescued animals, mostly dogs and cats but also horses, rabbits...Read More

  • 2. Brian Head Peak Observation


    This 11,312-foot stone lookout hut was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1935 atop the highest summit in Iron County. You can...Read More

  • 3. Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    One of the more easily accessible and rewarding adventures in the area, this picturesque canyon rife with oak trees and cacti and sandstone...Read More

  • 4. Cedar Breaks National Monument

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    From the rim of Cedar Breaks, a 3-mile-long natural amphitheater plunges a half-mile into the Markagunt Plateau. Short alpine hiking trails...Read More

  • 5. Hell's Backbone Road

    Scenic Drive

    For a scenic, topsy-turvy backcountry drive or a challenging mountain-bike ride, follow 35-mile Hell's Backbone Road (aka Forest Road 153) from...Read More

  • 6. Highway 12 Scenic Byway

    Scenic Drive

    Keep your camera handy and steering wheel steady along this entrancing 123-mile route between Escalante and Torrey, just west of Capitol Reef...Read More

  • 7. Kodachrome Basin State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Yes, it is named after the old-fashioned color photo film, and once you see it you'll understand why the National Geographic Society gave it...Read More

  • 8. Red Canyon

    Visitor Center

    Part of Dixie National Forest and easily accessed on the drive along Highway 12 from Panguitch to Bryce Canyon, this arresting 7,400-foot-elevation...Read More

  • 9. Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Encompassing the convergence of the Mojave, Great Basin, and Colorado Plateau desert zones, this pristine 62,000-acre tract of red-rock wilderness...Read More

  • 10. Red Hills Desert Garden


    Opened in 2015 as the state's first botanic garden devoted to desert conservation, Red Hills is a beautiful spot for a peaceful stroll as well...Read More

  • 11. Snow Canyon State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Named not for winter weather but after a pair of pioneering Utahans named Snow, this gem of a state park—about 10 miles north of St. George...Read More

  • 12. Anasazi State Park Museum


    Believed to be one of the largest Ancestral Puebloan sites west of the Colorado River, the village preserved at this museum is largely untouched...Read More

  • 13. Beaver Dam Wash

    Nature Sight

    Utah's lowest point happens to mark the convergence of the Colorado Plateau, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert. In this overlapping of...Read More

  • 14. Brigham Young Winter Home

    Historic Home

    Mormon leader Brigham Young spent the last seven winters of his life in the warm, sunny climate of St. George. Built of adobe on a sandstone...Read More

  • 15. Bryce Wildlife Adventure


    Imagine a zoo frozen in time: this 14,000-square-foot private museum contains more than 1,600 butterflies and 1,000 taxidermy animals in tableaux...Read More

  • 16. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Visitors to this sweeping expanse of pink sand about 20 miles west of Kanab enjoy a slice of nature produced by eroding sandstone. Funneled...Read More

  • 17. Dixie National Forest


    The forest's expansive natural area is divided into four noncontiguous swaths covering a total of nearly 2 million acres. Adjacent to three...Read More

  • 18. Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This park just 2 miles outside Escalante protects a huge repository of petrified wood, easily spotted along two short but moderately taxing...Read More

  • 19. Frontier Homestead State Park Museum


    This interactive living-history museum devoted to the county's early iron industry is home to a number of interesting attractions, including...Read More

  • 20. Grafton

    Ghost Town

    A stone school, dusty cemetery, and a few wooden structures are all that remain of the nearby town of Grafton, which is between Springdale and...Read More

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