No matter where you go, there’s a feeling of space and comfort with a neighborly authenticity that’s hard to find elsewhere. Check out these unique places to go in Utah for a weekend getaway. You’ll be eager to return again and again.
Fifth water hot springs
This trail is located in the Uintah-Wasatch National Forest. The scenic hot springs are located in Diamond Fork Canyon, which splits off from Spanish Fork Canyon. It is generally considered a moderately challenging hike, it takes about 2 hours to complete. The area is a popular hiking area for other trails so parking is sometimes hard to find. The best time to visit the springs are in the months of May-October. It can be easy to get lost and end up on the wrong trail to a different spot, so make sure you pay extra attention to the signs. Be sure to wear water shoes, there are always broken glass pieces everywhere. This hike has beautiful views and three scenic waterfalls, it’s challenging yet rewarding once you get to the top.
House on fire
If you like historical spots, the House on fire will not disappoint! The distance for this hike is about a 2 mile roundtrip (2-2.5 hours). If you consider sight seeing the entire canyon, it would take about 8 hours. Getting there: This hike is in a fairly remote location and the roads are mostly paved. The area is in the Anasazi ruins, whom settled there around 750 A.D. What makes this such an interesting place, is the fact the ruins have not been restored or rebuilt. Archaeologists have determined that there was an extended drought in the area from 1276 A.D. to 1299 A.D. which caused the Anasazi to abandon the canyons. Other experts contend that the Anasazi are still here today, with their descendants being the Pueblo and Hopi Indians.
Bonneville secrets is one of those beyond imagination, This beautiful phenomenon is located just 40 miles of west Salt Lake City on the outskirts of Grantsville. What makes Bonneville Seabase so unique, especially for Utah and likely the entire world, is its warmth and salt content at an elevation of nearly 5,000 feet. With a salinity rivaling that of ocean and water temperatures, which can range from 60 degrees in the winter to the mid-80s in the summer, Bonneville Seabase serves as an excellent place for diving fanatics to practice and receive scuba certification.
Going to a museum and appreciating a million-year-old fossil in a glass showcase is one thing, but the feeling of getting your hands dirty and digging for your own fossil is not just fun but extremely rewarding. Utah has one of the richest deposits of trilobites on earth, the U-DIG fossil site offers 500 million-year-old trilobite fossils. And, not only can you dig for your own fossils here, you can also keep the rewards of your own excavation adventure. Spread over forty acres of land one mile off of the main highway, Trilobite Quarry preserves the fossils in a near-perfect condition which makes digging for fossils extremely easy.
The Homestead Caldera, also known as “The Crater,” is a natural hot spring estimated to be around 10,000 years old. Open year-round, the hot springs are frequently visited by swimmers, divers, and bathers. The giant hot tub is found nestled within the Homestead Resort, who have taken the initiative of blasting a horizontal tunnel through the area. The 55-feet-high cathedral-like dome that covers the Crater’s brilliantly soothing waters (between 90 to 96-degree Fahrenheit) have been formed naturally over time due to sediment deposit. At 65-feet deep and 400-feet-wide, the Crater is considered the largest mineral dome in the area.