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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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