Utah is the outdoor enthusiasts’ dreamland! Within a short span of 2 weeks, we strolled around alpine meadows, meandered through aspen and pine forests, dipped in natural hot springs, slept under the milky way, ducked our head under well preserved stalactites and stalagmites in Timpanogos Cave and dropped our jaws at spectacular and unique sceneries in the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
The sceneries between the parks were often amazing too and there are actually scenic spots marked along some of the highways for you to stop and take in the view. The speed limit is often 80 mph so you could miss a scenic spot really fast!
July probably is not the best time to visit some of the national parks though as the heat makes hiking between 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. almost impossible for those used to mellow European summers. When we are in Arches and Canyonlands, we tried to do hikes early in the morning and late in the afternoon and used the time in between to store up on supplies, drive in between our destinations and eat icecream. LOTS of ICECREAM!
Around Salt Lake City, it was slightly easier to escape from heat as there are higher elevation trails you can drive up to, cooling caves you can explore and some well-shaded valleys. You can also just enjoy the AC in your car and drive around the scenic alpine loop . Make sure that you stop in Java Cow Coffee for the world’s best Icecream in Park City on your way!
There are so many hiking options and flying usually won’t start before 1:30 p.m. in July around SLC itself. This somehow laid out a great daily schedule for Al and me: hike in the morning, 1 pint icecream each at noon and fly in the afternoon till sunsets around 9:00 p.m.! (hey, maybe July is the time to go visit Utah :p)