Utah has some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the country, and did you know, you can see a lot of them for no cost at all? Along with marveling at Utah’s natural wonders, you can partake in activities like tour museums, explore a farm, and even find some places to cool off on a hot day—without opening up your wallet. If you’re in Utah on a budget, consider the following 12 free activities for top-notch entertainment.
A favorite of granola mountain men and college students alike, the Diamond Fork Hot Springs in Spanish Fork is a very natural way to warm up during the chilly months. Make sure you bring adequate warmth for the post-hot spring hike back to your car—otherwise, you could leave colder than you came.
A popular spot in Utah Valley for campfires and barbeques, Provo Canyon offers a wide selection of public parks with plenty of pavilions open to the public. It’s hard to beat roasting marshmallows in the shadow of dramatic mountain landscapes, in part due to the activity’s inherent romanticism but also due to its affordability.
Although not a phenomenon unique to Utah, geocaching in the Beehive State has proved incredibly popular. If you like treasure hunts and saving the big bucks, this activity is for you.
Because Utah offers a vast amount of available hiking, some of its most traditional and less scenic hikes are often overlooked. Take for example Y-Mountain in Provo, which is the designated symbol for Brigham Young University. A definite workout due to its continually steep incline, the Y-Mountain hike is nevertheless quick and offers an incredible view of Utah Valley.
Would you believe that Salt Lake City’s top tourist destination is completely free? Temple Square is home to the LDS Church’s famous Salt Lake City temple, along with scenic gardens, fountains, and religious statues.
If you’re looking to explore some more historic religious landmarks, head on over to the Cathedral of the Madeleine which is also in Salt Lake City. Although considerably younger, this cathedral is much like a Catholic cathedral you’d find in Europe.
A man-made body of water, Deer Creek Reservoir is clean and close to the hub of Utah’s population. In the summer months, you can wade and tan for the small price of protective sunscreen.
One of Utah’s public parks offering free movies in the summer time, Rock Canyon Park in Provo is also the perfect place for family games in the summer and sledding in the winter.
Potentially Utah’s most popular scenic drive, the Alpine Loop is extraordinarily stunning when you realize it cost you nothing but the price of gas.
Get to know Utah through its public libraries, all of which offer regular events, readings, and performances. Salt Lake City’s public library is arguably the most impressive, due mostly to its architectural splendor.
One of Utah’s lesser-known but most impressive museums, the Springville Art Museum offers a regularly changing set of exhibits from local and visiting artists. Fortunately for the public, admission is free.
Even though certain activities may cost a few dollars, the down-home atmosphere and animals of Wheeler Historic come at absolutely no cost.