Utah – home of Monument Valley, magnificent mountains and the Mormons
With its vast expanses of desert and mountains, Utah is a feast for the eyes and its capital, Salt Lake City, is the heart of the Mormon Church. With one of our Utah holidays, there’s always a lot to do, including fishing at Park City and skiing down the slopes of Alta.
One of the most iconic sights in the whole of America, never mind Utah, is Monument Valley. This canyon of towering rocks is like a character in its own right when witnessed in pieces of great cinema like Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West. It has made an impact on the small screen too, to dramatic effect on programmes such as Doctor Who. However, nothing compares to seeing it in real life.
Utah’s array of great parks, canyons and forests is seemingly limitless. You can discover spectacular places such as Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and Dead Horse Point State Park, to name just a few.
Seasoned anglers will enjoy the opportunity to land an array of fish at Park City, including tiger muskellunge, walleye, largemouth, smallmouth, white bass, perch and crappie and more. Going on a fishing excursion with a company such as Utah Pro Fly Fishing – whose guarantee is, “No fish, no pay” – is as much fun for a complete novice too.
Alta, a town nestled in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, is the place to be for some skiing action. The resort is small and intimate and the mountain terrain is plentiful. What’s more, a ban on snowboarding ensures that skiers have it all to themselves. Even if you don’t fancy taking to the slopes on skis, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy, particularly in the summer, when the opportunities for great hiking are extensive.
Salt Lake City’s University of Utah is the location of the Natural History Museum of Utah. Here, you’ll have the chance to see anything from an exhibit about birds of paradise to a vast dinosaur area. You’ll also be able to enjoy panoramic views of snow-covered peaks from the museum’s observation windows.
Even if you’re not religious, Temple Square is a must-visit. This ten-acre complex is owned by the Church of Latter Day Saints and provides a haven of peace and quiet in the middle of the city. It’s perfect for gentle strolls as you take in the grounds and the lovely architecture. There’s every chance you’ll hear a spot of organ practice or even a choir in full flow, which only adds to the calm and friendly ambience of the place.
The walk from Salt Lake City to Utah State Capitol is a route that takes you up a hill. Once you arrive, you’ll find the splendid Capitol Building of Utah State. From here, you’ll have spectacular views, of the Uinta Mountains on one side and the Wasatch Range on the other. You’ll also have a clear view of the whole of Salt Lake City. While you’re here, enjoy the very informative museum and visitor centre and, if you fancy a bite to eat, there’s also a restaurant and a café.