Utah may boast the American West’s most diverse topography, ranging from snowy peaks and alpine forests to magnificent canyons, high desert scenery, slickrock mesas and a wealth of outdoor opportunities awaiting intrepid adventurers.
Those who explore Utah in the warmer months can also discover green valleys lush with wildflowers, beautiful fresh lakes surrounded by dramatic peaks and alpine forests with wildlife wandering through the trees.
About an hour south of Moab and its famous Arches National Park lies the city of Monticello. It’s the second most populous city in San Juan County, but with a population of about 2,600, it’s far from metropolitan.
After spending too many weekends inside, hiding from the brutal summer in St. George, my partner and I hit the road to Kanab. Situated in the southeast corner of Utah, it’s close to a number of major attractions: Grand Canyon’s North Rim, Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Lake Powell.