Utah

Overview

From Andrew Harper

From its barren salt flats to its crystalline mountain streams, Utah is a study in contradictions. On one hand, the state retains much of the isolationist, monolithic flavor born when Brigham Young established a home base here with his Mormon pilgrims in the 19th Century. And while the church is no longer ready to face off against the federal government over the issue of polygamy, as it did in 1857, the Mormons still dominate the state’s culture and politics.

On the other hand, Utah is a beacon of cosmopolitanism and diversity. Salt Lake City has become the industrial banking center of the United States, hosts a substantial arts scene and has even, to the surprise of many, been touted as a gay-friendly metropolis. But the Beehive State’s diversity is still, first and foremost, geographic: From the snowcapped peaks of Winter Olympic-host ski resorts like Deer Valley to the stunning sandstone of the southern national parks like Arches and Bryce Canyon to the mountain-biking mecca of Moab, Utah is an outdoor lover's promised land.  Nature and culture converge each January in the renowned Sundance Film Festival. The mountain suites in Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort combine the best of Utah’s two worlds: cosmopolitan sophistication amid breathtaking ancient wilderness.

Hotels

All recommended hotels in Utah

Mountain Resorts, United States
Montage Deer Valley
Montage Deer Valley

Splendid multi-peaked ski-in/ski-out lodge next to the high-speed Empire Express lift.

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Stein Eriksen Lodge
Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley

Stone-and-timber lodge located mid-mountain at 8,200 feet in the upscale Deer Valley ski resort above Park City. Heated walkways lead from the vaulted lobby lounge to a trio of ski-in/ski-out wings.

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Sundance Resort
Sundance Resort

This secluded, eco-friendly resort at the base of Mount Timpanogos, owned by actor Robert Redford, features well-appointed private rooms, studios and suites, as well as spacious mountain homes with up to seven bedrooms.

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The St. Regis Deer Valley
The St. Regis Deer Valley

This 181-room ski-in/ski-out resort has a main building reached via a 230-foot funicular. The handsome lodge features stone floors, soaring ceilings, a large open fireplace and towering windows that offer full mountain views.

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Southern Desert, United States
Amangiri
Amangiri

Exceptional resort set amid 600 acres of stupendous desert landscape close to Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam.

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Red Mountain Resort & Spa aerial
Red Mountain Resort & Spa

Situated adjacent to Utah’s stunning Snow Canyon State Park, this resort’s handsome cluster of adobe buildings is set in meticulously tended grounds with dramatic mountain peaks as a backdrop.

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