Utah is amazing, its’ iconic red rock and arches are picture worthy and we definitely love to visit these areas… but some of our favorite adventure spots aren’t your typical touristy destinations like Zion and Arches National Parks. We love to explore off the beaten path to some of the more unknown and less popular areas where we aren’t fighting crowds and tons of people. These spots still offer the amazing views that Utah is known for, if not better! We are creating a long list of favorite places like this to explore and just added a new one! Last week we headed down to the Mineral Mountain Range by Beaver, Utah to explore some new territory. It was rugged and wild…. just how we like it!
We’ve been getting so much rain in Utah the past few weeks and it’s been great! (We’ve been in such a bad drought) Between the rainstorms it made for the perfect hiking conditions – the weather was cooler and it was cloudy so we could hike all day without it getting too hot for our kids! Plus the big puffy clouds gave some great contrast to the rugged granite mountains.
There are so many interesting minerals and rocks you can find all over the state, but Central Utah is an area that attracts rockhounders from all over the country. With a little internet research you can find out where you can discover geodes, opal, topaz, sunstone, smoky quartz, amethyst + so much more!! Rock and gemstone collecting is permitted on most public land, just watch land boundaries to make sure you aren’t on private property and the area isn’t posted. We wanted to take advantage of being in one of the coolest spots to look for some gemstones and crystals while we were hiking, and we were so excited when we came across some smoky quartz. Finding these in the wild is way better than buying them at a rock shop 🙂 Some of the other great spots for crystal hunting in Utah are Topaz Mountain and the Dugway Geobeds.
Before we had kids we were wandering souls. Hiking all day, sleeping in the bed of our truck, and always finding new places to explore. As we have grown our family it’s been so fun (but definitely hard work) to incorporate them into what we love. Adventures don’t have to stop because you have kids – it might take a little extra work to bring them along but its still doable! This can apply to anything you love to do in life. If you like to run – bring baby on your runs, if you like to spend time outside, bring your kids outside with you, If you like to travel, travel with your babies. Your kids will adapt to your lifestyle – so include them so they can fall in love with what you love too!