Summer's looking a bit different this year, isn't it? While we might not get to enjoy our usual summer camps, family reunions, or city festivals, there's still plenty we can safely do in the time of COVID-19, especially outdoors. After a few months cooped up in our homes, it feels especially good to get out and soak up some vitamin D.
Luckily for us, the beautiful state of Utah offers so many options, both for long getaways or to simply get out for the day. For longer trips with plenty to explore there is Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands. If you are looking for something that is closer and more of a day or weekend activity then there are the beautiful state parks. Some of which we may not think about or even know. To name just a few there is Antelope Island, This is the Place, Jordanelle, Bear Lake, Dinosaur National Monument, Utah Lake, and Deer Creek. T
he list of state parks does not even include local hikes that we can go on with family and friends. For more aggressive hikes there is Mt Timpanogos Summit and for easier hikes that are kid and pet friendly there is Timpanogos Falls and Devils Kitchen. To help you plan your fun adventures the Provo Library has you covered with some great books to check out. Here are a few to help you get started.
50 BEST SHORT HIKES
By Greg Witt
An in depth look at the best hikes in Utah’s National Parks. Each chapter is a National Park that describes the hike from location, distance, and highlights about the trail. It includes some pictures of what you will see and some helpful tips for hiking.
The book is broken up into sections based off county and each chapter is a specific hike with details. It has key at-a-glance information as well as a description of the hike and a map. Some hikes include pictures, sights to see, and nearby activities.
100 CLASSIC HIKES UTAH: NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS/NATIONAL WILDERNESS AND RECREATION AREAS/ STATE PARKS/ UINTAS/WASATCH
By Julie K. Trevelyan
The best and most popular hikes from Utah are described and includes full-color photographs and topographical maps to help hikers get started. The hikes range from easy day hikes to challenging backpacking trips.
SOUTHWEST USA & NATIONAL PARKS
By Randa Bishop
This book goes through areas in Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona and the National parks and activities to do in each state. It has beautiful pictures, maps, history, and even traveler’s information including where to stay and where to get food.
BEST EASY DAY HIKES. ZION AND BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARKS
By Erik Molvar
A guidebook to the best and easy day hikes in the beautiful Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Includes maps and mile-by-mile hike descriptions including distance, difficulty, hazards, and what to look for.