Brigham City, Utah, LDS Temple.

6 Picturesque Small Towns In Utah For A Weekend Retreat

The Colorado River, Lake Powell, Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab, and the Mighty Five National Parks are some of the popular attractions you will find in Utah. Impressively, most of these attractions are not found in the big cities but in the small towns. If you are planning a retreat to Utah, here are the picturesque must-see cities you should visit. These towns have low populations, serene environments, and mindblowing landscapes. Park an overnight bag because you will be having the time of your life in Utah this weekend.

Mount Pleasant

A historical building in Mount Pleasant, Utah
A historical building in Mount Pleasant, Utah.

Wasatch Academy and Mount Pleasant Main Street are two monuments in Mount Pleasant that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Wasatch Academy is Utah's oldest operating secondary school, which was started by a minister who visited the town in 1875.

Start your retreat by visiting the Academy's Liberal Hall Museum or the town's Pioneer Museum & Relic Home, where you will discover Civil War artifacts and learn more about Mount Pleasant's history. Do not miss out on all the fun awaiting you at the town's parks: Mt Pleasant Park and Recreation Center and City Park Playground. Go for a swim at City Splash Pad or City Aquatic Center. If you are a fitness enthusiast looking to get fit while on vacation, check out 180 Fitness Gym. Are you in town during the fourth of July? Go watch the parade and enjoy the array of activities in town throughout the week. Check-in at Kleven's Heaven B&B or Horseshoe Mountain Lodge for the weekend.


Midway, Utah
The beautiful town of Midway, Utah. Image credit: An Errant Knight via Wikimedia Commons.

In the Heber Valley, 3 miles west of Heber City, is the town of Midway, founded in June 1981. Swiss culture is embedded in this town, from its food to its people and festivals. One such festival is Midway Swiss Days, held on the Friday and Saturday before Labor Day every year.

Visit Wasatch Mountain State Park, where you can go for a picnic, horseback riding, hiking, and camping. Enjoy a calm and relaxing afternoon at Hamlet Park. Don't miss the peaceful scenery at Memorial Hill. The amazing Homestead Crater is a major tourist attraction in this town. It is a natural hot spring wonder where you can swim and dive. During Winter, the Midway Ice Skating Rink and Ice Castles open up its scenic grounds to residents and tourists. Take a rest at the prestigious Zermatt Utah Resort & Spa, Homestead Resort, and Deer Valley Resort, which have access to fine dining and breathtaking views.


Downtown Ephraim, Utah
Downtown Ephraim, Utah. Image credit: J. Stephen Conn via

Ephraim, also called the Home of Snow College, is the largest city in Sanpete County, with over 6000 residents. This diverse town is filled with people of all races, so it was nicknamed "Little Denmark." Ephraim is popular because of its community college, Snow College, which has over 6000 local and international students.

The Ephraim Pioneer Park and Canyon View Park are two places to start your adventure. There, you will connect with residents and other tourists while enjoying the town's history. You can also go swimming and fishing at the Canyon View Park. Explore diverse art forms at Granary Arts and watch a movie at Towne Theatre or Southtowne Cinema when you are done. The Sno Cap Lanes is a bowling alley in Ephraim, a great place to bond with family and friends. Relax in a room with hot tub access at Willow Creek Inn for the night.


Downtown Monticello, Utah
Downtown Monticello, Utah. Image credit: J. Stephen Conn via

Monticello is the second most populous town in San Juan County. It is located in the Southeastern part of Utah, where the Canyonlands are situated. The proximity to the Canyonlands National Park has driven many tourists to the town.

Start at Monticello Utah Welcome Center to get all the necessary information you need about the town as a tourist. Go back in time while getting to know the town's history at Frontier Museum, where you will see old artifacts, vintage clothes, and belongings of the town's pioneers. Go golfing at Hideout Golf Course. Join the Canyon Country Discovery Center for a tour of the Canyon. Colorado plateaus, and the San Juan River. A major landmark in Monticello is Church Rock, a majestic monument near the Green River and Colorado. Check out accommodations at the Inn at the Canyons or The Atomic Blue Motor Inn.

Brigham City

LDS Temple in Brigham City, Utah.
LDS Temple in Brigham City, Utah.

Brigham City was first settled by a Mormon, William Davis, who explored the town in 1850 and eventually returned to bring his family members in 1851. By 1853, other people had found the town and settled in, making them about 24 residents. Peaches grow in abundance in this town, and this started in 1855 when William Wrighton paid for 100 peaches to be planted. They eventually discovered that Peach was perfect for their town's climate, leading to the annual Peach harvest festival held in September.

The Brigham City, Utah Temple, is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was the first settler's church as a Mormon. Explore the town's history at Brigham City Museum with other tourists. The Rees Pioneer Park has many facilities and activities, such as fishing ponds, a volleyball court, Horseshoe Pits, and a playground. The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is the ultimate birding location in the town. Watch a movie at Walker Cinemas 8 Perry in nearby Perry. There is a wildlife refuge at James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center. If you are looking for where to relax in town, check out Dale Young Nature Park or visit the splash pad at John Adams Park. After a long, fun day, lodge at Hampton Inn or the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.


Highway through Torrey, Utah.
Highway through Torrey, Utah.

The town was initially named Youngtown after John Young, a Mormon settler, but it was eventually changed to Torrey after Jay Torrey from Illinois, who became known during the Spanish-American War. Torrey town is just 8 miles from Capitol Reef National Park, which makes it the closest city to the Capitol Reef. You can stay at the Capitol Reef Resort while in town.

This town is known as a tourist haven because hiking trails, parks, and canyons are beside it. If you are interested in RV and Tent Camping, visit Thousand Lakes RV Park to rent amenities, get a spectacular view of the Red Rock, and access diverse accommodation options. Check out the historical home of the Giffords at Gifford Homestead, 11 miles from Torrey. Gallery 24 exhibits all art forms, from painting, ceramic, and sculpting to photography. Buy art keepsakes when you are there. If you are looking for cabins to stay at Torrey, Torrey Trading Post has camping cabins for visitors.

Explore Picturesque Small Towns in Utah

From the historic Mount Pleasant, known for its pleasant ambiance and structures, to the charming town of Torrey, which is made for the tourist's pleasure, Utah's small towns are picturesque and adorable and are great places to spend an unforgettable weekend. Don't forget to go with your camera while you are there to capture every National Historic Site and Monuments as a keepsake till your next adventure.

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