Are you a skier? A hiker? A nature lover? Like adventure? Well, then visiting Utah may just be the vacation spot for you! Of course, if you’re a skier, you will want to come between December and May. Utah really does have the Best Snow on Earth. But, summertime is an awesome time to visit Utah, too!
Many people have asked me (because I live in Utah) if it gets warm in Utah. Let me assure you it does! We live in the desert, so it gets very hot in the summer. Here are 5 reasons to visit Utah in the summer:
1. Culture- Utah is a state that values the arts! Every summer, each of the unified cities offer great theater. Many of them do shows in outdoor amphitheaters. I’ve seen outdoor performances of popular musicals such as Aida, Footloose, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. There is also a wonderful historic theater, the Capitol, that hosts Broadway tour companies such as Wicked, Once, and the upcoming performance of The Book of Mormon. In the southern part of Utah, there is an amazing theater called Tuacahn that offers wonderful family friendly offerings such as The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, and Wish Upon a Star. Another treat in southern Utah is the annual Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. And I must mention Hale Centre Theatre located in Salt Lake City. This theatre in the round is one of the best professional theatre companies in the state. So, if you’re a lover of theater, anytime you’re in Utah, check out performances going on in the area. You won’t be disappointed.
2. State Parks- Utah has many state parks. Much of the land in the western state is state or national park land. You can enjoy the beauty of the mountains, rock formations, and canyons throughout Utah. Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park are two of the best known parks, but there are many others such as Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park. Visiting these treasures of Utah can fill your entire visit or you can choose one or two to enjoy.
3. Adventure- Utah is a state of outdoorsmen. Hiking, Biking, Running, and Rock Climbing fill the summers of many residents. There are ATV rides and river fishing and boating to be enjoyed. If you like the heat, select southern Utah particularly Moab or St. George as the base of your visit. If you prefer a mountain region, choose Park City or Midway. Either geography will give you plenty of adventure!
4. Music- Much like my first point of culture, Utah loves its’ music in the summertime! If you’re a country music fan, you might enjoy an outdoor concert at USANA Amphitheater. If you like something a bit more classical, the summer home of Utah Symphony, Deer Valley Music Festival, would be to your liking. There are also summer concerts at Red Butte Gardens from artists such as Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.
5. Baseball- I was going to label this section Sports, but in the summertime, you will mainly find Baseball in Utah. We have the Salt Lake Bees who inhabit Smith’s Park several times a week even with the occasional fireworks display following the game. There are rodeos throughout the state in the summer months that draw large crowds usually along with the unified cities annual festivals such as Draper Days or South Jordan Days. Fireworks displays usually accompany these festivals, too. You can also see the the Olympic athletes in training at Park City. You can even give ski jumping a try just like the athletes ski jumping into the pool at the Olympic village after a bit of training. So, while Baseball is our main Sport going on in the summer, it’s certainly not the only one!
It’s an unusual place to live- Utah. Many people are curious about the residents here, but the real star of Utah is the summer living. I would be glad to help you book a ski trip here for the winter, but I would also love to help you see the sights of Utah in the summer. I’ve been exploring the outdoors here for almost six years here and will continue to do so! Come visit. Come enjoy the great state of Utah!
I’m Jeri May and you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org