Salt Lake City is surrounded by some of the most spectacular natural sites in the country, many just a short distance away from the city. From Golden Spike to Flaming Gorge, our local insiders have rounded up the best national parks near the capital of Utah.
One of Utah’s lesser-known national parks. Flaming Gorge is an impressive location for hiking, camping and exploring, dominated by a huge reservoir that spans miles of the beautiful recreation area. There are countless campgrounds and mountain retreats scattered across the diverse topography, so there’s something for everyone no matter the preference. With over 360mi (580km) of shoreline and a diversity of terrain, it’s a fascinating visit for anyone interested in geology. Recommended by local insider David Smurthwaite
The steep trail to the top is difficult, but worth it. With an elevation of 6,730ft (2,050m), it can get a little arduous; yet, stunning vistas await, and informative signs on the route share knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area. The roughly 90-minute hike is rewarded by an underground cave tour with informed experts guiding you through the subterranean world of incredible rock formations. Recommended by local insider Whitney Brown