Utah is known as the "canyon lands" of the United States. It is here that you will find some of the most spectacular scenery to be had in the United States. You could spend weeks here and still not get the chance to see it all.
The capital city of the state of Utah is Salt Lake City and it's where you will find the most options for hostels in Utah. This city was home to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and has some spectacular skiing if you are here in the winter months (including in the nearby town of Park City). Salt Lake City is also home to the largest population of Mormons in the country, and they have a spectacular Tabernacle choir that has won quite a number of awards. They are well worth seeing if you get the opportunity. There are a few different hostels that you can stay in during your time here.
The rest of Utah is home to hostels that are scattered around the region with only one hostel in each location. Moab is a great location to base yourself for the exploration of the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks that are home to some stunning natural formations. The most famous of these is the Horseshoe Canyon. Not only is it picturesque, but you will also find some incredible art from the natives on the rock faces here.
The two other national parks that are not to be missed are Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. Both are home to some amazing hiking and you can spend days to weeks exploring in these parks. There aren't currently any hostels in the area, but that may change eventually. To be able to explore these regions properly, you will need a car. Public transport in and around these regions is not great.
Another not miss as you travel through Utah is Lake Powell, which straddles the border of Arizona. It is a man made lake that acts as a water reservoir to this region and is home to magnificent scenery. You can use this as a base with which to explore the Glen Canyon Recreational Area.
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Salt Lake City is an awesome place. Most of the residents are not Mormons -- there are a lot of non-Mormons here. I meet people every month who originally planned on being here for only a few days and end up extending their stay for several weeks. Salt Lake City is a very friendly town to Mormons and non-Mormons. I' …
Monroe is a beautiful little town full of friendly people. I would love to visit there again very soon
Arches National Park was full of wonderful sights. The La Sal Mountains are gorgeous!! I love Moab and will come back there someday.