5 Unusual Destinations Within A Day’s Drive from Salt Lake City

29 Oct

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Fly Geyser, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Fly Geyser is not a natural phenomenon. It was created accidentally in 1964 from a geothermal test well inadequately capped. The scalding water has erupted from the well since then, leaving calcium carbonate deposits growing at the rate of several inches per year. The brilliant red and green coloring on the mounds is from thermophilic algae thriving in the extreme micro-climate of the geysers.  It’s not technically open to the public but who doesn’t like a little trespassing adventure?nevada

Bodie, California – Ghost Town

One of the most well-preserved ghost towns in America lies in the Rocky Mountains.  Bodie is unique because the homes are still furnished and the buildings are intact.  It’s almost like everyone int he town just stood up one day and walked out!

bodie building

Upper Kanarra Creek Falls, Zion National Park, Utah

You think that you’ve seen ALL of Zion National Park? Think again. Kanarra Creek falls is a relatively short hike with easy access.  The challenge comes when you have to wade through the stream and climb two waterfalls to reach your destination.zion national park

Glass Beach, MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California

Glass Beach is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town.The beach is now frequently visited by tourists. Collecting is not permitted on the park’s beach, although sea glass can be found on other local beaches outside the park boundary and a Glass Festival is held annually on Memorial Day weekend

sea glass

Coyote Gultch, Utah

 The quintessential Escalante canyon. Easy hiking, water availability, and spectacular scenery put this “must do” hike  at number 5 on my list. Three days are best to see all this canyon has to offer. It’s free although an overnight permit is required.Coyote Gultch

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