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Escape the Heat & Head to the Mountains of Southern Utah - 8 Spots To Visit

If the summer heat is starting to cramp your adventure-loving style then why not head to the mountains? With average summer temps in the 80s, a wide range of spectacular terrain, and an endless assortment of outdoor activities, the mountains of Southern Utah are the perfect escape from the hot desert sun.

Spots to beat the head in Southern Utah

You might be surprised to find that there's a lot more to Southern Utah than red sandstone rock arches, sand hills, and cholla cacti. In the higher elevation you'll find aspen, willows, pinyon pine-junipers, and spruce, as well as creeks and lakes for a refreshing escape.

I grew up visiting my family's cabin in Duck Creek every summer when I was a kid. I have such fond memories of building forts in the forest and chasing squirrels. The Southern Utah mountains will always hold a piece of my heart.


Every summer, when I head up in search of some respite from the heat, I fall a little more in love. I have dreams of owning a little cabin in Brian Head one day soon. :-)

Check out my list of eight high elevation destinations in Southern Utah that will take you out of the indoor air-conditioning and back to adventuring in the great outdoors.

  • Duck Creek Village

  • Cedar Breaks National Monument

  • Brian Head

  • Mammoth Cave

  • Navajo Lake

  • Virgin River Rim Trail

  • Ashdown Gorge

  • Panguich Lake


Drive time to get to these destinations from Zion or Saint George average 1 - 1.5 hours