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Everyone knows about Zion National Park, Moab National Park, Arches National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park. Southern Utah is one of the greatest regions of our beautiful country. There are so many National Parks in such a short distance from each other makes Southern Utah one of the favorite American Road Trip destinations.
To be completely transparent; the goal of this project is to provide you with some alternative travel ideas around the region, as National Parks will inevitably be very popular when US travel picks back up this summer. The team at Visit Utah came to me with the idea for this video; as they explained the dilemma of national parks being very crowded.
I had the opportunity to take a 5-day Utah Road Trip, starting in St George, Utah (after flying into Las Vegas and driving to St George). From St George, we began the road trip to discover as many hidden gems as possible.
From St George we went hiking to Yant Flat, a beautiful terrain in the Red Reef conservation area. From Yant Flat we drove to Sand Hollow State Park, a beautiful lake that is a great alternative to Lake Powell. Quail Creek is also a great waterfront spot.
You can go Kayaking, hiking, boating, fishing, and other great activities in the area. My favorite aspect of Sand Hollow State Park, was the UTV sunset tour from B.A.S.H. rentals right on the Sand Hollow State Park beach.
The following day we drove from St George to Cedar City to visit Cedar Breaks National Monument. Cedar Breaks is a great alternative to hiking Bryce Canyon National Park. Cedar Breaks National Monument is quieter and just as beautiful from above.
We ventured into downtown Cedar City to visit the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), which made for a great change of pace to all the outdoor activities and hiking.
From Cedar City, we drove north to Beaver, Utah where we visited The Creamery in Beaver before hiking in Fishlake National Forest. Honestly Fishlake National Forest might have been the most underrated spot of the entire trip. I never heard of Fishlake National Forest before this trip and I would highly recommend adding this place to your list.
Bullion Falls in Fishlake National Forest is incredible.
From Fishlake National Forest, we made the beautiful road trip drive up the i70 to Green River.
From Green River, we spent the day with a true Navajo and visited House on Fire; one of the most incredible ruins I’ve ever seen. Luis Williams of Ancient Wayves is a Native American who is from this land and now runs hiking and rafting tours in the region. It was hands down, the most interesting day of the trip.
The USA National Parks are amazing, but if you have the chance on your next Utah Road Trip, I highly recommend visiting these incredible hidden gems.
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