6 Small Cities in Southern Utah That Are Worth Your Time
Between Utah’s five famous national parks, dozens of state parks, and many other destination locations lie some of the most memorable little towns you’ve ever encountered. Adding immense beauty, character, and fun to the tourist experience when traveling to Utah, these wonderful places are the home of places to stay in Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and others. Here are 6 small cities in Southern Utah that are well-worth your time.
We’ll start with our most favorite (yes, we’re obviously biased) city in the whole State of Utah. The gateway to Zion, the town of Springdale. How this stunningly beautiful city has managed to maintain its small-town charm while seeing almost 5 million visitors every year is incredible. The next time you’re looking for places to stay in Zion National Park, be sure to block out a whole day to explore Springdale. There is a lot to do and see here.
To most tourists and locals, the city name of Veyo is synonymous with delicious homemade pies. They are nationally famous and if you haven’t had one, traveling to this quaint little city is worth every single mile. Favorite flavors include banana cream, blackberry, coconut cream, peach, sour cream and lemon, strawberry rhubarb, and many more. After your pie, visit Crawdad Canyon for swimming, camping, climbing, cooking, and rock climbing.
Visiting the great city of Panguitch is like a time warp full of laid-back residents and Old West architecture. In fact, the National Register of Historic Places includes almost the entire length of the town’s main road. If you visit during the Quilt Walk Festival, you’ll be privy to some very unique entertainment. There is also a lot of fishing to be done there in one of four really phenomenal fishing lakes.
Utah’s original capital city, Fillmore is one the most historic towns in the state. Home to the oldest piece of government property in Utah (the Statehouse), this town prides itself on the preservation of antique architecture (not to mention excellent hospitality). ATV riding is popular here, as is fishing.
One of Utah’s most famous tourist cities, Moab is a wonder to see. While staying here, you can step into two different national parks! Feast your eyes on the amazing thousands-of-years-old arches, otherworldly red sandstone rock formations, and incredible panoramic scenery. Biking, hiking, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, rafting, and virtually every outdoor sport or activity imaginable can be done here in abundance. It’s certainly one of the most well-known areas in the country where outdoorspeople are concerned. Consider visiting the Sal Mountains or Dead Horse Point State Park while you’re here.
Another Southern Utah treasure, this city offers loads of outdoor activities, as do most cities in this part of the state. ATV riding, horseback riding, camping, rafting, hiking, and much more can be done here. Kanab is very close to Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park and is a great alternative lodging option instead of choosing places to stay in Zion National Park. Here, you can view the coral pink sand dunes which remove you from reality for a time, as well as the red rock wave which is a wonderful Kanab location. Kanab is also home to many famous restaurants and diners.
Southern Utah is one of the most incredible places on earth when it comes to the beauty of nature. There is so much to see and do here that you couldn’t possibly accomplish everything it has to offer during one trip, which is why it’s best to come as often as you can and take advantage of what this wonderful area has to offer! When you’re looking for places to stay in Zion National Park or any of the other state or national parks in Southern Utah, consider staying in the cities we’ve mentioned here.