With no fewer than five national parks, Utah has a diverse landscape and is home to some of the most dramatic scenery in the country. So it’s no surprise that there are some picturesque little towns out there. Despite their small size, some of these scenic towns sure do pack a punch when it comes to a stunning backdrop. Whether you choose to live in or visit one of these towns, there is something for everyone.
If outdoor living is your thing, then the town of Morgan couldn’t be better. Surrounded by mountains, to the northeast of Salt Lake City, this historic pioneering town is its own world of adventure. With horseback riding, ATV rentals, rafting as well as snowsports right on its doorstep, it’s the ideal place for family fun.
This friendly town also benefits from local shops and cafes and even hosts its own county fair, complete with a rodeo!
If you’re looking for historic architecture, Spring City is the place to be. Located south of Salt Lake City and on the western edge of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, this small agricultural town is filled with historic homes that date from its 19th century pioneering heritage. Much of the town’s architecture is considered some of the best preserved pioneer architecture in the state.
The town, which is a National Historic District, has become popular with artists and features its own art festival, The town also hosts other festivals, including Pioneer Days and a music festival. And for anyone interested in historic homes, there are even tours.
Known as the Gateway to Zion National Park, the beautiful town of Springdale is in southern Utah, located northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada and north of the Grand Canyon National Park. This quiet little town is the perfect place to get out and about in the great outdoors. From hiking and mountain biking to enjoying the friendly atmosphere in the local stores and restaurants, it’s a friendly place both to live and visit.
The town has a great community spirit, with regular farmers markets and festivals and there is even a community garden, where you can pitch in and grow your own produce!
Southeast of Salt Lake City, in the Heber Valley, at the edge of the Wasatch Mountain State Park, lies the beautiful town of Midway. With an Alpine feel, this small town has a huge Swiss influence, which can be seen in its architecture and culture, including the famous annual Swiss Days festival.
There are plenty of things to see and do in this mountainside town, from winter skiing to scuba diving inside an underground crater at Homestead Crater.
The historic city of Brigham lies on the eastern edge of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, just 60 miles north of Salt Lake City, so it’s the perfect spot for wildlife lovers. Surrounded by mountains and featuring a picturesque main street with shops and restaurants, this small city even has its own museum.
A great place to live and visit, Brigham has a number of historic buildings and landmarks, as well as family-friendly annual festivals and events, including the famous Peach Days festival.