31 family summer destinations in Southwestern Utah

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Around 35 miles north of Hanksville lies family-famous Goblin Valley. For kids, it is an exploring paradise. The only regrets for most adults is that we didn't get taken here years ago when we had all that energy. It is most enjoyable during the spring or fall.

Most people play around in the area closest to the parking lot, and there's plenty of fun to be had there. But you might consider venturing back into the 2nd "valley" and maybe even the 3rd. They are less crowded and the hoodoos become a little larger and the mini-canyons a little deeper.

Entrance fee: $7/vehicle. The campsite is excellent but book well in advance.
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Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

Great stuff! We need to get back down there!

David C
Seattle, WA

Very helpful article and a fun read. Please keep these coming!

Casey See

You have left off at least three or four other places to visit that need to mentioned.
1. the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. More ATV, Dirt Bike and 4WD commercials have been shot here than nearly anywhere else. It is just 20 miles from either Kanab or Orderville. Great place to hike even without an ATV.
2. Cedar Breaks National Monument - a mini Bryce Canyon type of place near Brianhead Ski resort on Cedar Mountain.
3. The Grand Staircase - too many different sections to describe here, but slot canyons and red cliffs galore.
4. Cedar Mountain - Navajo Lake, volcanic caves, and trout fishing just to name a few. Site of many movies.
5. Beaver Mountain

While technically not in Utah but most accessible routes to them are through Utah, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and Great Basin National Parks.

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