What to See When You RV - Utah Edition

Posted on December 26, 2018

 

Do you hear the call of the open road? Utah beckons the traveler whether the weather is sunny or stormy, and motorhomes give you the feeling that you are king of the road. Riding high above and being able to move about inside (when stopped), rather than having to get out and stretch your legs at rest stops, are definitely positives.

The one locale that screams “Come!” is Zion National Park. Zion is such an awesome site that you have to bite the bullet, if you have school age children, and go during the high tourist season from June through August. Otherwise, if your schedule permits, try for spring or fall. So many events and activities will keep you busy all day. Rangers mostly lead the amphitheater programs, campfires, and hikes, but there are plenty of on-your-own-activities to do. Pack your Class A toy hauler with all the necessary accouterments for the changes in weather and terrain. Hiking and biking are two favorites of visitors to the park. The Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City is 60 miles away, and, during the summer months, is worth a visit.

Take the scenic Monte Cristo Drive for one of the most memorable vistas in the state. Travel through the canyon and along the river on your way to the Monte Cristo summit. Along the way, marvel at the changing vegetation and the foliage during the autumn. Take advantage of the numerous pullouts to take photographs. This kind of beauty is to be savored, not rushed.

Appreciate the great outdoors while relishing the comforts of your Class A motorhome or Class C motorhome. These RVs are large enough to allow individual space for a family member to curl up and read a book or for the family to gather for a meal or watch television.

In central Utah, wend your way through rural communities by getting off the main highways and experiencing the back-country. Begin in Palisade State Park and ride the Arapeen ATV trails (rent or bring your own), and stop to read interesting historical facts on the billboards. The trails have differing levels of sophistication, so choose according to your skill level. You can do a full guided ride or just enough to get the adrenalin going. See dinosaur bones at the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. Experience a slice of Americana at the American West Heritage Center in Logan or view performances at the Lyric Repertory Company.

In Salt Lake City, visit Temple Square and spend a quiet afternoon going through the genealogical archives at the Family History Library. It will keep you occupied for hours, maybe even days, if time permits. Red Butte Garden brings a sense of tranquility with its beautifully landscaped zones, enchanting pathways, and bubbling fountain.

Lake Powell is a reservoir on the border between Utah and Arizona. Park your rig and rent a houseboat for a weekend, and, after a short tutorial, cruise off into the sunset. Pull into one of the many coves at night and light a campfire to roast marshmallows or tell ghost stories. Before returning to your gas RV or diesel RV, enjoy the fishing or any manner of watercraft sports. The RUV (recreational utility vehicle) can comfortably accommodate out of the way, craggy exploits, so if you want to go smaller and more compact, the RUV is definitely the way to go.

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