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15 Extreme Things to do During Your Visit to Utah

15 Extreme Things to do During Your Visit to Utah

Utah is quite possibly one of the most underrated travel destinations in the U.S. The state often goes overlooked in favor of other awesome adventure states like Colorado, Arizona, and California. That’s why I’m here to tell you that Utah can be just as awesome when you do it right. In fact, thrill-seeking travelers love the fact that Utah never leaves them with a lack of extreme activities to do next.

To help you make your next trip to the state one to remember, I’ve listed the top 15 extreme things to do during your stay. Check them out!

1. Jeep Crawling in Moab

Taking in the gorgeous views of Moab’s red rock is best done by jeep. You can choose to head out on a guided tour, or rent your own Jeep to make the adventure your own. Twisted Jeeps offers rentals as well as recommendations for trails and excursions. If you’re looking for a guided option, Dan Mick’s Jeep Tours offers adventures on various trails around the town.

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2. Downhill Mountain Biking in Salt Lake

Few things in life are as exhilarating as pushing down high mountain trails at rapid speeds on your mountain bike. The Salt Lake area provides plenty of opportunity to make this happen during your trip to Utah. The local resorts have awesome trails that take you up via ski lift, and place you right at the top of a mountain trail. Trails.com has listed a few popular spots for local riders. You can also ask your gear shop for a few suggestions. Check out SLC Bikes for rental gear if the resort you choose doesn’t already have a rental shop.

3. Cross Country Mountain Biking in Moab

Moab is famous for it’s incredible slick rock mountain biking trails. Obviously, you’ll want to check these out if you’re in the southern part of Utah during your visit. Poison Spider is a great place to rent your gear, get suggestions for trails, and catch a shuttle to your destination.

4. Paragliding

Paragliding is extremely popular at the point of the mountain in Utah County. This is an exhilarating activity you can take part in even if your trip is set to stay close to Salt Lake City. Just a 45 minute drive will take you out to this local spot for awesome paragliding. Check out Utah Paragliding for pricing and info.

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5. Skydiving

On the topic of air sports, Utah is a fantastic place for skydiving. Our gorgeous mountain landscape will make your experience one of a kind. Skydive the Wasatch offers packages for single and tandem flights along Utah’s gorgeous valley.

6. Skiing/Snowboarding

Obviously, a winter trip to Utah is a must. We tout the title “greatest snow on Earth” for a reason. While you’re here, check out famed resorts like The Canyons, Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Solitude, and more!

7. Ski Jumping at the Olympic Park

Have you ever tried ski jumping into a giant pool atop the amazing Wasatch Mountain range? Probably not. That’s why you should do it! During your visit, you’ll want to visit the Park City Olympic Park for awesome activities like ski jumping and bobsledding.

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8. Wake Boarding at Lake Powell

There are few places in the world quite like Lake Powell. Here you can take in gorgeous red rock views and canyons, all while enjoying your time on a boat with friends and family. Wake boarding is huge here thanks to the open space the lake provides. You can check out competitions and courses to make your wake boarding experience even more extreme. See trip options at LakePowell.com.

9. Hiking at Narrows at Zions

The Narrows at Zions National Park are an incredible hiking experience for travelers from all walks of life. You can check out hike and trail info through the National Forest site.

10. Kite Boarding at Deer Creek

Ummm hello, fun! What’s better than wake boarding? Wake boarding combined with a bit of paragliding. Check out Uinta Kite boarding for pricing and info.

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11. Bouldering

Utah is known for being one of the lucky states situated along the Rocky Mountain Range. That’s why rock climbing and bouldering are incredibly popular here. You can rent your gear and get instruction and guidance from Mountain Adventures.

12. White Water River Rafting

The Colorado River offers world-class river rafting you simply can’t miss. You can get a guide and gear at a local shop in Moab. Red River Adventures offers options for single and group travelers.

13. Waterfall Repelling

This is a pretty amazing experience. Whether you’d prefer to repel down a waterfall or hike up to enjoy its beauty, Utah offers your opportunity. Check out Utah High Adventure to book a trip.

14. Ice Climbing in Provo and Cottonwood Heights

This activity will obviously require the right conditions, but will be well worth the effort should the climate be on point for ice climbing during your visit. Mountain Adventures offers private lessons, gear, and tours for newcomers to the sport.

15. Snowmobiling

Naturally, another snow-related item MUST be on this list! Snowmobiling is a major sport in Utah thanks to our awesome snow. Check out Lofty Peaks for rentals and tours.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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