I absolutely love living in Salt Lake City, and while I love visiting all the well known spots like the Leonardo, Temple Square, and everywhere else I stopped on my recent bus tour, I love finding the “secret” spots too. You know – the ones that not everyone knows about, but the ones that are hidden gems in unexpected places.
A few weeks ago, I finally made it to Capitol Reef for the first time! It’s the least well-known park in Utah, but it’s just as amazing as any of the others. My friend Melissa (pictured in most of my photos) and I only got to spend a day there, but I can’t wait to go back and explore some more! One of the most popular hikes in the park is Hickman Bridge, so it was the perfect spot to check out for a first timer.
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I’ve lived in Salt Lake City for a total of 16 years of my life, but there are so many things I never knew about it until this weekend – like, for example, the fact that Utah was the birthplace of the very first artificial heart, or that one of our museums has the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world. I learned where the Governor’s Mansion is, that our local zoo has a new baby zebra, and that the Great Salt Lake has up to a 12% salt concentration. And all of this because I took a bus tour around the city with US Bus Utah!
By far the most amazing thing I have ever done in my life to date is backpacking Fimmvörðuháls in Iceland, and if you ask my husband, he will tell you the same thing. If you ever go to Iceland, make time to do this, seriously. The whole country is beyond amazing to drive around and do all the touristy attractions and waterfalls, but this hike was so much better than that and like I said, the absolute best thing I have ever done.
Spring is definitely in the air around here in Utah! That is, until it snows again like it inevitably does every year. But until then, I’m going to be soaking up the good weather and getting in as many hikes as I can!
The waterfalls around the Wasatch are always the best in the spring (hello snowmelt) so I usually make it my goal to hit as many as possible before the flow slows down again. So, in my opinion, here are the 7 best spring waterfall hikes (in no particular order) to make it to before the summer!