As we wrap up the first month of 2022, let’s remind ourselves to hit the “reset” button. Utah gives travelers the opportunity to do just that and tap into true joy and fully relax and reset. Whether it’s a yoga session within a 10,000 year old hot spring, seeing the milky way like never before, completing a life-changing ski camp or simply choosing the scenic route home, Utah has it all.
An epic place for wellness and self-care in many forms, Utah allows travelers to craft their own personal journey in 2022 with nourishing, guided activities to enhance both the mind and body. Below, please find a few options to explore and begin your journey within:
Adventure meets healing:
- Yoga in the Wild with Get in the Wild (Hanksville, Utah): Reconnect with yourself and the natural world around you with this unique yoga experience. Bring a new element to meditation and yoga as you practice in the beautifully secluded and serene wilderness ofUtah.
- Back on Track with Red Mountain Resort (Greater Zion, Utah): Nestled at the base of Snow Canyon in Ivins, Red Mountain Resort offers a unique collection of wellness retreats and activities including “The Back on Track” series, designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of guests’ current body composition, and provide them with the proper knowledge and tools to guide them throughout their stay, as they work with the resort’s caring professionals to improve their overall health.
- Whitewater Raft Beneath the Stars with Holiday River Expeditions (Green River, Utah): Utah rivers traverse some of the darkest, most remote regions of the continental United States (including several International Dark Sky Places). From the Milky Way to the endless myths and stories told by the constellations, seeing the night sky from the river is a truly out-of-this-world, utah-unique experience.
- Equine Healing Retreat, The Lodge at Blue Sky (Park City, Utah): Slow down and improve your connection with yourself and others through the power of horses. Learn from these generous, authentic and brave animals. Through breathing exercises and mindfulness practices with the horses, you will learn the importance of self-awareness and living in the present moment. No horse experience necessary, just an open heart. February 18-21, 2022
- SUP Yoga at Homestead Crater (Midway, Utah): Homestead Crater is a geothermal hot spring created over 10,000 years ago as melting snow seeped deep into the earth. The natural phenomenon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with year-round water temperatures remaining at 90-96 degrees while the brisk outdoors and crisp mountain air sits overhead. One of the most special wellness experiences offered is stand up paddleboard yoga – aptly dubbing Homestead as one of nature’s “oldest yoga studios.”
- The Art of Fear Ski Camp, at Alta with Kristen Ulmer (Alta, Utah): Every year, Kristen Ulmer leadsa fun and powerful three day camp to learn how to deal with fear and anxiety and be the best athlete and person you can be. Leave armed with life-changing tools to maintain these results in a lasting way and break free from former stuck places not just in skiing, but also relationships and career.
- Stargazing: Plan a road trip to visit a handful or all of Utah’s 23 designated International Dark Sky places this winter, that include four of Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks, 10 state parks and two towns. Of the vast amount of International Dark Sky Parks and Communities in the world, the highest concentration are in Utah – all with stunning scenery by day and incredible stargazing at night. Need a place to start? Check out the Campfire S’mores and Stars at Kanab Movie Fort
- Scenic Road Trip: Mother Nature played favorites in Utah, so why not take the scenic route. Utah’s Scenic Byways and Backways are well worth any added travel time (a few favorites include the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway, Scenic Byway 12, and Zion National Scenic Byway) and lend themselves to a slow, soul-awakening travel experience – a beautiful culmination of time well-spent.
Utah Unique Spa Experiences:
- Highwest Whiskey Rub Down, The Lodge at Blue Sky (Park City, Utah): A journey back to the old West begins with a whiskey, salt and sage foot soak, paired with a shot of High West Whiskey. An old-school massage that begins with warm towel compressions, loosening any tension in the body, followed by therapeutic muscle liniment brings the body to an even greater state of relaxation.
- San Juan River Stone Massage, Bluff Dwellings Resort (Bluff, Utah): Experience the benefits of a luxurious full body treatment using hot stones from the sacred San Juan River. This treatment eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation of metabolism and bloodstream, flushing toxins and stress away to restore balance and peace to your inner well-being.
- Stillwell Spa, Snowpine Resort (Alta, Utah): On top of one of the most iconic landscapes on Earth, Stillwell Spa was originally a building used for the mining industry and embodies this history with its sacred space made from the original granite stone, a dimly-lit grotto with a plunge pool, and other natural materials used throughout.