30 family summer destinations in Southeastern Utah

If you are like a lot of Utah families this summer you may be looking to save a few dollars and stay a bit closer to home for vacation. Surprisingly, too, we still run into families that haven't seen much of what Utah has to offer.

Well, perhaps it's the perfect time to enjoy the dozens of family-friendly wonders found in southeastern Utah.

So, in the interest of dropping a few jaws, creating some indelible memories and introducing you to some wonderful southern neighbors, we've compiled this list of family-friendly destinations in Utah. We've included sites that deliver a high payout of fun and beauty for a kid-friendly effort and grouped them around towns that offer plenty of inexpensive lodging and camping options.

We've also produced a list of 31 family summer destinations in Southwestern Utah for locations west of the Colorado.

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Salt Lake, Utah

nice list. anyplace i could get a printable copy?

Mary E Petty
Sandy, UT

Deseret News - I wish we could print off this list. It would be fun to have when planning a trip. I don't see a print option and hope you will include one next time you publish such an informative article.

Sandy, UT

@yuvgot2bkidding & Mary E Petty

You can print it but have to do Print Screen to each item and paste it on your MS Word or any word processor. You have to press Ctrl + Print Screen (right side next to F12) and multi task to MS Word or other. Simple and worth of saving for future fun.

Sand Dune Arch next to Devil Trail is perfect for all ages, you walk in some dome like rock and you see arch inside with all those sand to play in AND it is a lot cooler inside while the hot weather is outside.

American Fork, UT

Something I wish DN and a few other sites would do when they publish a '30 places to see' or '15 things you should know' type article is format them differently. For example, first things first, put the entire list in the article. On one page. Make the list live links and let us pick through them. Don't make us go through 21 pages to find out if we think number 22 is really the cool one.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Agreed on all that above. I'll put in a big plug for Natural Bridges, a bit off the beaten path but well worth the visit. Also, go see Four Corners, might as well. I also like the Double Arch at Arches. Easy access as well and a good place to start your visit. Not sure if you count Goblin Valley in this area, but also a fun place to visit.

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