Joel Racker with Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, shares adventures that Utahns can experience right here in our own backyard.
Hike Timpanogos Caves – Timpanogos Cave National Monument sits high in the Wasatch Mountains with the cave system consisting of three spectacularly decorated caverns. There is a 1.5-mile trail that has magnificent views of American Fork Canyon with helictite and anthodite filled caves. At 11,750 feet, Mt. Timpanogos is actually the second highest mountain in Utah’s Wasatch Range.
American Fork Canyon – Amidst the hustle and bustle of Utah Valley’s many activities, American Fork Canyon’s scenery is cause enough to take a break and enjoy Nature. Located just minutes off of I-15, the canyon is filled with unspoiled campgrounds, trails, sparkling streams and major outdoor attractions. Continue on the Alpine Loop Scenic Backway for breathtaking views and then take a bike ride or hike to Stewart Falls at Sundance Resort.
Rock Climbing in Rock Canyon – True to its name, Rock Canyon is a geological dream. Located west of Provo in the Wasatch Mountains, Rock Canyon is filled with opportunities for scenic hiking and rock climbing. It is notable not only for its quartzite surfaces, but also for its wide variety of offerings for both experts and less-experienced climbers.
Scenic Drives on the Nebo Loop – Nebo Loop is designated a National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration, recognizing it as one of the premiere driving roads in America. The Byway is a winding drive between Payson and Nephi with the road climbing 9,000 feet and crossing the Uinta National Forest. The drive provides many photo opportunities with stunning views of Utah Valley, the surrounding Wasatch, and dramatic wrap-around vistas of 11,877-foot Mt. Nebo, the highest peak in the rugged and beautiful Wasatch Range.
Outdoor Festivals – Utah Valley offers jam packed fun with some of the largest festivals in the West. Nestled in and around the mountains, the festivals provide amazing vistas, weather and first-class entertainment. A few of the upcoming festivals include the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by Carhartt and Wild Outdoors Festivals at Thanksgiving Point, America’s Freedom Festival Stadium of Fire— one of the biggest Fourth of July firework productions in the country, featuring the Jonas Brothers and the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.
For more information visit www.utahvalley.org