Utah is one of the most scenic states in the West, with rugged and diverse geography. From the jagged crags of the Wasatch Range to the stunning red rock arches and canyons of the southwest, Utah is a feast for the eyes.
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Utah Outdoors Recreation, Adventure and Family Vacations
Utah is all about outdoor recreation and is known for many amazing outdoor activities.
With 22.8 million acres of public lands that make up almost 42 percent of the state, Utah outdoors options abound! Utah is blessed with 5 national parks, 44 state parks, 9 national monuments, 5 national forests and 2 national recreation areas.
Top 11 Best Outdoor Activities in Utah:
- Moab Mountain Biking
- Park City
- Rafting on the Colorado River
- Canyonlands National Park
- Provo River Rafting
- Ski Brighton or Solitude Ski Resorts
- Zion National Park
- Arches National Park
- Capital Reef National Park
- Slot Canyons in Grand Staircase Escalante
- Bears Ears National Monument
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Fishing in Utah
Utah is well known for excellent trout fishing in high mountain lakes and streams.
Utah has some great fishing opportunities, including lake trout that weigh in at over 40 pounds, tiger muskie, so many striped bass that there is no limit, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, perch, crappie, channel catfish and several other species. Fishing is open year-round on most waters.
Top 6 Fishing Spots in Utah:
- Green River (Flaming Gorge)
- Strawberry Reservoir
- Fish Lake
- Logan River
- Pineview Reservoir
Upland Bird Hunting in Utah
Utah is a bit of an overlooked mecca for upland hunting.
There are TONS of upland game bird species to hunt in Utah! With good numbers of dusky grouse, ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, sage grouse, ptarmigan, Gambel’s quail, California quail, scaled quail, chukar, Hungarian partridge, pheasants and doves, it’s a wonder that more people do not make it a destination state.
Waterfowl Hunting in Utah
The Salt Lake region of Utah is a popular waterfowl hunting destination.
Get ready for one of the most unique waterfront properties on the planet. You’ll take a chilly airboat ride across the lake and then spend several hours on your back in six inches of saltwater….sounds strange? It is. But, with great numbers of ducks and geese, it’s no wonder it’s a popular for waterfowl hunting.
Hunting in Utah
Thanks to careful state management, Utah has thriving populations of big game.
Utah is a big game hunting mecca, with a wide variety of big game to hunt, including black bear, mule deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, mountain lion, and bison. Utah is well known as a destination for trophy elk and mule deer hunting. In fact, the World Record non-typical elk, known as the “Spider Bull,” came from Utah.
Big Game in Hunting in Utah:
- Black Bear
- Desert Bighorn Sheep
- Mountain Lion
- Mountain Goat
- Mule Deer
- Pronghorn Antelope
- Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
- Shiras Moose
What you’ll need for hunting in Utah:
- Resident and non-resident permits for general hunts can be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis from license dealers statewide, and can be purchased online at wildlife.utah.gov.
- If you are hunting, you will need a tag or the species you are hunting. Some special hunt permits are allotted via lotteries, with application periods set in the proclamation.
- With some exceptions, hunters in Utah must wear 400 square inches of blaze orange on the head, chest, and back during the rifle seasons.
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