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Utah is an adrenaline junkies paradise. Filled to the brim with stunning national and state parks, every one of which offers heart-pounding sports like hiking, rock climbing, canyoneering, and more, there’s an adventure for everyone.

If you’re looking to plan an exciting vacation to Southern Utah, check out these must-do activities you’ll find there.


Canyoneering in Capitol Reef National Park

Southern Utah’s steep, rising cliffs and deep canyons make it a hotspot for this unique and exhilarating sport. Canyoneering combines rappelling with hiking, and sometimes even swimming. Unlike your standard rappelling route, which is usually set up in a designated location, following a canyoneering trail means hiking some distance from one drop to the next, or even working your way through a series of rappels, one after the next down a steep cliff face or mountain. stair-step style.

There are plenty of places to enjoy canyoneering across Utah and many other Southwestern states. But a couple of the best are Zion and Capitol Reef National Parks. With fewer crowds, Capitol Reef is ideal for canyoneering. You won’t have to worry about backups on the trail, and you’ll enjoy some stunning views and challenging trails.

The park’s diverse rock layers make for an exciting canyon environment. You’ll have several trails to choose from, ranging in length and difficulty.

Off-Roading in Sand Hollow State Park

One Southern Utah gem that many tourists never get to see if Sand Hollow State Park. This beautiful park might be a fraction of the size of nearby Zion or Capitol Reef, but it’s also somewhere you can go to enjoy a heart-pounding sport that isn’t allowed in national parks; ATVing.

Sand Hollow State Park is an ATVers playground. Rent an ATV or UTV, or bring your own, and you can zip over rocks, dirt, and sand dunes, a unique feature in the region (you’ll find them at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, too!). If you’ve never been on an ATV before, you can opt for a guided tour, during which you’ll learn everything you need to know to enjoy the ultimate adrenaline junkies’ sport.

Wakeboarding on Lake Powell

If you’re looking for a way to cool off during the sweltering heat of a Utah summer, head for Lake Powell. From there, you’ll have plenty of activities to choose from, several of which are sure to appeal to your adventurous side.

Wakeboarding is one great choice. Whether you need lessons to get started or you’re already ready to hop on your board, you’ll find everything you need at local marinas and rentals. While you’re spending a day on the lake, you can also enjoy fishing, swimming, and just cruising this beautiful lake.

Hiking the Edge at Angels Landing

Just about every state and national park you visit in the region has some hiking trails that are sure to get your heart pounding. But few offer quite the thrill of the iconic climb to Angels Landing in Zion National Park.

This 5-mile out and back trail climbs over 1,600 feet. The trail features more than 21 switchbacks that are certain to leave you sweating. Hikers must navigate along a narrow edge with steep drop-offs and only a chain handrail to hold onto. The top of the hike is more than 1,500 feet above the canyon below, so you’ll want to stay far away from the edge.

But if you want to enjoy some of the best views in the state, this hike is a must-see.

Mountain Biking on Gooseberry Mesa

If you’re looking to hit the trails in a way that’s a bit more exciting than a simple hike, bring your bike along. You’ll find hundreds of mountain biking trails throughout the area, but for the best, head to Gooseberry Mesa. This remote natural area is brimming with heart-pounding trails.

Don’t want to bring your bike along? After all, it’s a bit big to fit in your suitcase if you’ll be flying in for your vacation. Don’t worry; there are plenty of places to rent from nearby. If you’re new to the sport, you will find some beginner trails, though Gooseberry Mesa won’t be the best place to look, as many of their trails are technically challenging.

Planning Your Next Utah Adventure

Utah is the perfect state for outdoor lovers and adrenaline junkies alike. If you’re planning an adventure-themed vacation, don’t just look for activities to fill your days. Where you choose to stay can be just as much a part of your adventure.

Cougar Ridge is brimming with chances to get back to nature or get your heart pounding. Go horseback riding or take in a rodeo on-site. We can also help you arrange all of your off-site adventures, including all of the activities mentioned on this list. There are even a few more options to choose from. Cast a line on the Fremont River as you try your hand at fly fishing. Go on a hunt for big game or birds. Take a guided half-day or full-day hike with a llama there to carry your pack. Whatever you’re hoping to enjoy during your trip, we can help you plan your perfect adventure.


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