Family Reunion Ideas and Locations in Utah

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Are you looking for a great family reunion ideas and locations in Utah?

Great! I have some great ideas and amazing locations to consider.  Utah is a great place to have a family reunion with it’s close location to national parks and amazing kid friendly hikes in the mountains and surrounding areas.  The recommendations in the post are more of the outdoor adventure type.

Utah has become one of our favorite destinations for family reunions as it is a great place to congregate. My husband has five siblings spread out from Chicago to California.  It is nice to be able to get together once a year and spend time making memories.

Let’s explore some of the area’s to have a perfect Utah family reunion!

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Family Reunions in Utah

Utah Mountains kid friendly hikes in Utah

I am so excited to share with you some of the amazing places to have a Utah family reunion!  There are so many great options.  I will give a brief overview, some things to do, and benefits and disadvantages of each area.

Utah Family Reunion Location #1: Duck Creek Village/ Brian Head

Duck Creek Village utah

Duck Creek Village Utah

 

Duck Creek Village is located 42 minutes east of Cedar City, UT.  It is a great family reunion location, in the summer, because it is up in the mountains (easier to stay cool!).  There is plenty to do in the area such as hiking, ATV riding, horseback riding, and visiting national parks.

We have spent several summers in Duck Creek Village and highly recommend it.

Duck Creek Village – Cabin and Lodging Choices:

Duck Creek Cabin View

One thing that we love is finding a great place to stay.  Duck Creek Village is an amazing community.  There are many large cabins in this area that you can rent.

My husband’s family consists of about 22 people; consequently we need a huge cabin so we can be together.  We usually use Airbnb or VRBO.com.  We have had a lot of luck with finding really fun cabins that include entertainment rooms with air hockey, video games, and movie theater rooms.

There are also camp site and RV Parks in the area. Another thing we love about this area no matter where you decide to stay is that the ATV trails are right out your front door.

Things to Do in Duck Creek Village:

ATV Rides

ATV Rider at Duck Creek

Duck Creek Village has amazing ATV trails.  The trails are right outside of the cabins!  There is a great trail system in the area, connecting Duck Creek Village with Panguitch and other locations.

After renting ATV’s in this area, (which is a great option and very convenient) we decided to purchase 4 ATV’s to use every summer.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding Duck creek

Horseback riding is one of my loves.  I do not get to do it very often, but I really enjoy it.  It is great to get a group and go on a horseback riding tour.  It is always such a great experience!

 

Duck Creek Horseback riding

Fishing

Fishing is a favorite past time. Panguitch Lake is nearby.  The men and kids in my family usually rent a boat and spend a day fishing!

Hiking

We love to hike. Utah is an amazing place to enjoy nature and hiking trails are not in short supply.  Staying in a cabin in the woods offers a great opportunity to walk along paths and see wildlife.

Brian Head Ski Resort

Summer at Brian Head

Brain Head Resort is a ski resort but offers summer activities.  Brain Head is about 50 minutes away from Duck Creek Village.  When you are in the country a 50 minute drive is no big deal.

We love the summer activities at Brain Head. Riding up the ski lift and hiking down is so fun.

The Resort has a scavenger hunt that the kids can participate in on their way down.  At the lodge there are ziplines, bouncehouses, and other fun activities.  We love spending a day exploring Brain Head!

National Parks and Monuments

Cedar Breaks utah

Cedar Breaks National Monument:  I absolutely love this stop.  Cedar Breaks is a very short hike and is gorgeous.

It sits at 10,000 feet and overlooks a mile-and-a-half amphitheater of nature. Those who are afraid of heights may not enjoy this, but I didn’t think it was that bad! I love national parks and monuments.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Family REunion Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is within an hour drive from Duck Creek Village! If you love national parks this one is beautiful and worth a visit.

When we stay in this area it is on our list of places to visit! There are other  National Parks located close to this area including Bryce Canyon, Zions, and the Grand Canyon is not too far.

Benefits:

Duck Creek Village is in the mountains so it will be 10-15 degrees cooler!  This is awesome in the heat of the summer.  A lot of people from Las Vegas come here to beat the heat!  Also, the ATV trails are amazing!

Disadvantages:

It is very far away from stores and civilization.  You have to be very organized and planned for the week.  You need to do majority of shopping before you head into the mountains.

My Experience

This is a great Utah family reunion location!  I personally love this location because it can be 100 degrees at the base of the mountain and as you go up you can watch your temperature gauge in your car go down!  I love that!  It is a way to beat the heat of summer and still do all the fun things summer has to offer!

Utah Family Reunion Location #2: Bear Lake

Family Reunion Bear Lake

Bear Lake is in Northern Utah on the border with Idaho.  The water at Bear Lake is so blue it feels like you are in the Caribbean (keep telling yourself this, as it will help you with the shock of the cold water most times of the year!)

Bear Lake has a lot to offer. This lake is surrounded by mountains. There is a nice beach on the Idaho side to relax and have a great time!

 

Bear Lake Cabins and Lodging:

There are many cabins in the area to rent. Airbnb and VRBO are great options as well as local cabin rental websites.

There are a few KOA sites and Eden Campground for tent camping but these 4 sites are very primitive.

The Idaho side is where you will find the best Bear Lake Cabin Rentals. Honestly, the last time we ended up staying in Logan, Utah and then just heading over to the lake for the day.  Logan is a great city to explore as well.

Things to Do at Bear Lake:

Boating

Boating is the number one activity!  We do not own a boat but have rented a ski boat and jet ski’s!  It was so fun!  It is very convenient as well.  There is a rental store right near the lake ramp.  You can park your car right there and jump right onto the water.  It is kind of expensive to rent a boat but if you have a few families all pitching in it is worth the cost!

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is available on the east side of the lake. I have not been but, in this water it would be awesome because it is so blue and clear.  The water is very cold all year long so you will need a wet suit for sure.

Cave Exploring

Minnatonka Caves is about 50 minutes away! You may want to send someone early in the day to buy tickets. Wear a jacket as, it gets a little cold.  You probably want to be in good shape as there are 414 stairs in the cave.

Raspberry Shakes

Raspberry Shake from Bear Lake

Raspberry shakes are famous in this area! There are many places around town to try these delicious shakes. Want to find out the best shakes in town? Check out Amy’s Project Bear Lake Raspberry Shake Showdown

Hiking, Hunting, and Horseback Riding

Utah Family Reunion Hike

Hiking, hunting, horseback riding, and enjoying the beauty of Utah is everywhere in this location! There are so many family reunion ideas and activities that we can not list them all!

Benefits:

Gorgeous lake with amazing views.  A true place to make memories and have a great time!

Disadvantages:

The water is freezing, you can swim in August but early in the summer you might want to wear a wet suit.  This is another place that is pretty far away from stores and planning ahead is essential.

Utah Family Reunion Location #3:  Heber/ Park City

Heber Utah

Photo of Heber, Utah courtesy of Visit Utah.

Heber and Park City are located about 20-40 minutes east of Salt Lake City, in the mountains.  These locations are not as isolated as some of the destinations in this list.  There is great shopping and lots of activities to do!

Park City and Heber Cabins and Lodging:

We have stayed at Timberlake Estates in Heber. I have had some friends rent a cabin in Park City. Both places are great!  Park City is a little harder to find a cabin for a large group.  Heber had more cabins available for larger families.

As a tip, some cabins are in private communities that have an association ( like Timerlake Estates). This may limit short-term use of the cabins, and may also limit the activities that you may engage in.

There are a few campsites near Heber, and an RV park in Park City!

Things to Do Heber and Park City:

Park City has Olympic Park. The park has a mountain coaster, alpine slide, and other fun activities. There are also outlets if you love shopping.

The town of Park City is cute and fun to walk around and see local art galleries.  There are local restaurants that are fun to try. A trolley ride through town is available for free.

Heber Train

Heber has a fun train that is always themed. We have been on a wild west train ride and the North Pole Express.  There is always an exciting adventure with an acting aspect as you ride the train.

 

State Parks

Lake Playground

Jordanelle State Park is located between Park City and Heber.  Swimming, fishing, and enjoying outdoor water activities is what this reservoir is all about.  They also have a water trampoline playground!

Enjoy The Cabin With Your Family

Cabin play

 

Obviously, there are lots of entertainment options nearby but one of the best parts of renting a cabin is playing games and spending time with cousins!

Benefits:

This could be a positive or negative depending on the person.  It is closer to stores and more everyday living! You are not as isolated from the world!

Disadvantages:

No trails for ATVing. Depending on where you stay, you may have to drive a little ways to hike.  You are not completely one with nature!

Utah Family Reunion Location #4: Lake Powell

Lake Powell

Lake Powell photo courtesy of Utah.com

Lake Powell is a favorite for many Utah families! It is located on the border of Utah and Arizona. This Lake is unique because it is surrounded by the red rock of southern Utah.

Lake Powell Cabin and Lodging:

Most people have or rent boathouses at this location.  There are campsites nearby. Cabin’s are not as accessible in this area but there are a few houses and house boats to rent from places like Airbnb and VRBO.com

Things to Do at Lake Powell:

The main reason to go to this area is boating. But there are amazing hikes nearby.

Boating

Lake activities are the most obvious; skiing, fishing, and swimming.

Hiking

Horse shoe bend

Antelope Canyon photo courtesy of Horeseshoebend.com

Antelope Canyon, which is a slot canyon, is close by depending on which part of the lake you are on.  It is an amazing hike

Benefits:

Some of the benefits of Lake Powell are hanging out on the lake all day, swimming, and enjoying the view.

Disadvantages:

This part of the country can get really hot in the summer. The heat could be a disadvantage for sure!

Utah Family Reunion Location #5: Ogden Canyon; Eden, Utah

Ogden Canyon

I am adding this Utah family reunion location because this is where we have gone the last 2 years.  It is not as glamorous as some of the other locations, but my mother-in-law has cancer and we want to be close to a hospital.  It is still located in the mountains and offers that cool, refreshing air.  There are two lakes nearby that offer water activities as well.

Eden Cabins and Lodging:

We rented a really nice cabin in a Eden, UT neighborhood.  We like the cabins that have huge movie and game rooms.  This community has a pool, and running trails around the neighborhood.  There is also a hot tub right outside every cabin.

Things to Do in Eden:

Boat on a Lake

Boating

Renting a boat for tubing was a first for us at our family reunion. We have always rented boats for fishing.  We had so much fun that we are going to be adding this to our family reunion activities again and again!

Spending one day on the lake is not enough!  The following year we will added two and it was great!

Downtown Ogden

Union Pacific Museum

We went into town and visited the Union Pacific Museum.  They have some really cool trains on display and parts of the museum are interactive for kids. We also stopped at a really cute snow cone and ice cream store.

Benefits:

Close to town and hospital. There is a lake and hiking close by.

Disadvantages:

No ATV trails nearby.

Utah Family Reunion #6 Flaming Gorge; Vernal, Utah

Things to do near Vernal - Flaming Gorge

Vernal, Utah is a great place to have a family reunion.  We were really excited visit this part of Utah and see everything it has to offer.

Cabins and Lodging

Lodging is not as easy to find in this area for a large group.  There are some entire houses or cabins you can rent on Airbnb.com.  A few other option are staying separately at a resort such as the redcanyonlodge or even at the Springhills Suites.

Things to Do in Vernal

There are a lot of family friendly things to do in Vernal, Utah.  Dinosaur National Monument, boating on Flaming Gorge, river rafting down the Green River, hiking to Fantasy Canyon and Moonshine Arch, fishing, and horseback riding.

River Rafting

River Rafting on the Green River

River Rafting was probably our favorite thing in Vernal.  You can rent a raft that can seat up to 15 people.  A lot groups had multiple rafts.  This self guided trip was inexpensive and really fun.

From the Flaming Gorge Dam to Little Hole is mild class I and II rapids, so most people can do this without a guide. If you are more adventurous there are higher classes of rapids also in this area.

Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument is a fun family activity.  There is a large quarry with partially excavated dinosaur bones.  Thirteen actual dinosaurs have been found in this area giving it the nickname “dinosaurland”.

There are many hikes and petroglyphs in this area.  It is a fun activity to do on your Utah family reunion.

Benefits:

There are lots of outdoor activities to do.  Vernal is a good size small town that has plenty of supplies, places to eat, and things to do.

Disadvantages: 

Lodging is a harder to find for a big group.

Are You Ready to Plan a Utah Family Reunion?

Utah Family Reunion

(The kids are on the trailer strapped up, we wouldn’t put our kids with no shoes on a motor bike)

I hope this gave you a few ideas of fun places to have your next Utah family reunion.  We have had a lot of fun and made some great memories over the years.  I hope you can start some fun traditions with your family!

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Article Comments

  1. Holly Bird

    May 29, 2019 1:36 pm Reply

    I love spending time in Utah! Bridal Veil Falls is one of my favorite picnic stops!

    • Lisa

      May 30, 2019 9:37 am Reply

      Bridal Veil’s is so pretty, we use to go there all the time in college!

  2. Kyndall Bennett

    May 29, 2019 4:45 pm Reply

    Those mountains are so beautiful! I would love to be able to open the window blinds and see a view of that!

    • Lisa

      May 30, 2019 9:37 am Reply

      The view is amazing! I love it!

  3. Lori Nielsen

    May 30, 2019 9:38 am Reply

    All great spots! I live in Utah, so I have visited these places. One option for Lake Powell is to rent a houseboat, which is fun for a family reunion.

    • Lisa

      May 31, 2019 5:58 pm Reply

      Totally agree!

  4. Pam

    May 30, 2019 9:39 am Reply

    These look like great places! And now I want a raspberry shake!

    • Lisa

      May 31, 2019 5:57 pm Reply

      I know, I want to go get one!

  5. Heather

    May 30, 2019 10:03 am Reply

    Park City was awesome. We had a great time there. Lake Powell is on my list. Renting a houseboat sounds like so much fun!

    • Lisa

      May 31, 2019 5:55 pm Reply

      I know I want to rent a houseboat too! We haven’t yet tried it yet!

  6. Jill

    May 30, 2019 10:54 am Reply

    At this moment we’re approximately 20 minutes, as the crow flies, from Antelope. Nothing like Lake Powell and the water to sooth the soul. 🙂 . Utah has incredible places to visit — and travelers shouldn’t be put off by the culture or the dominate religion. After all, people are people wherever you go! Take a chance on Utah and see the great beauty she has to offer!

    • Lisa

      May 31, 2019 5:53 pm Reply

      I am from Oklahoma but moved to Utah for college. People in Oklahoma may be a little more southern hospitality, but people in Utah are great, you just have to get to know people and they are super nice and friendly!

  7. Tony

    May 30, 2019 6:31 pm Reply

    Lots of great ideas here. I think I need to schedule a family reunion!

    • Lisa

      May 31, 2019 5:50 pm Reply

      It is so nice to stay in a big cabin and be together!

  8. kmf

    May 30, 2019 9:35 pm Reply

    I’m reading posts about Utah nearly every day so thinking the universe is telling me something…great tips on organizing the right place for family reunions.

    • Lisa

      May 31, 2019 5:50 pm Reply

      I know! I keep reading things about TN and I want to go now!

  9. Liz

    May 31, 2019 8:19 am Reply

    I’ve never been to Utah, but I’ll keep these places in mind when we plan our next family reunion!

    • Lisa

      May 31, 2019 5:49 pm Reply

      I know I am always looking for a great place to meet up with family as we live so far away from everyone!

  10. Hera

    May 31, 2019 9:40 am Reply

    Great info! We missed our extended family’s trip to Bear Lake last year. We missed out! These places look amazing. Good to know info on how to prepare too, thanks!

    • Lisa

      May 31, 2019 5:49 pm Reply

      Thanks, I love bear lake!

  11. Vessy Smith

    May 31, 2019 10:23 am Reply

    What a great list of awesome family-friendly places. I love Utah, but we still have so much to explore there. Would LOVE to see Cedar Breaks National Monument, Lake Powell, and Heber! Such a beautiful state! 🙂

    • Lisa

      May 31, 2019 5:47 pm Reply

      There are so many beautiful places in Utah.

  12. alison netzer

    May 31, 2019 10:30 am Reply

    Great list. Utah is a must go. I have only been there for skiing. I think I need to check it out for summer months!

    • Lisa

      May 31, 2019 5:46 pm Reply

      Oh the National Parks are phenomenal!

  13. Julie Gazdecki

    May 31, 2019 12:02 pm Reply

    So many fun ideas!! I would love to visit Antelope Canyon!!

    • Lisa

      May 31, 2019 5:46 pm Reply

      It is so cool! Lake Powell is an amazing place!

  14. Shirley

    May 31, 2019 2:24 pm Reply

    These ideas are amazing! If my family ever schedules a family reunion close to Utah, I will definitely refer to this article. Thanks!

    • Lisa

      May 31, 2019 5:44 pm Reply

      Thanks! Totally worth considering!

  15. Amanda

    May 31, 2019 11:08 pm Reply

    Looks like a lovely place to have a family reunion in Utah! Thanks for all the great information.

  16. Michele

    June 3, 2019 6:34 am Reply

    These all look amazing and would definitely be a tough decision to make! I love how you listed the pros and cons for each! Very helpful for someone trying to decide! We have not taken Payton to Utah, but it is high on the list. She will be blown away by the landscape!

    • Lisa

      June 3, 2019 11:11 am Reply

      The landscape from desert to mountains. It is awesome!

  17. Missy

    June 6, 2019 8:22 pm Reply

    Looks like a great place for a reunion.

    • Lisa

      June 7, 2019 1:47 pm Reply

      Totally is!

  18. Eileen

    November 4, 2019 1:26 pm Reply

    Great info! I’d love to make it to Utah soon!

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 9:18 am Reply

      There are so many awesome National Parks and the Mountains are amazing.

  19. Holly Bird

    November 4, 2019 1:38 pm Reply

    This area is one of my all-time favorite areas to vacation. Looks like you guys had an amazing time thank you for sharing the great pictures

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 9:14 am Reply

      I’m glad you like it! What is your favorite area?

  20. Eva

    November 4, 2019 1:40 pm Reply

    Utah is seriously one of the most beautiful states I’ve ever visited. Heber and Lake Powell are stunning. I can’t wait to go back.

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 9:14 am Reply

      It is really pretty! I need to blog more about it!

  21. Kristen Usrey

    November 4, 2019 1:53 pm Reply

    There are so many beautiful places to visit in Utah. This is a state I haven’t been able to visit yet, but plan to in the future.

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 9:13 am Reply

      There are some really cool places in Utah. So many National Parks.

  22. Liza Brackbill

    November 4, 2019 4:02 pm Reply

    My work team just had a reunion in Utah. Great destination for a meet up!

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 9:11 am Reply

      Oh fun! Which part did you go to?

  23. jen

    November 4, 2019 5:14 pm Reply

    Great list! I must now plan family reunions so as to visit each and every one of them

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 9:10 am Reply

      I know right!

  24. Kendra k

    November 4, 2019 5:39 pm Reply

    These are great locations! I love Utah! I wish I could get my dad’s family to do family reunions out west. They are stone set on staying in the south for every reunion. Boo!

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 9:10 am Reply

      That is how I feel, We do every reunion in Utah, I want to go to more places!

  25. Tiffany

    November 4, 2019 9:53 pm Reply

    Beautiful! What a lovely area for any occasion!

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 9:08 am Reply

      Utah is great in the Summer for sure!

  26. Tricia Snow

    November 4, 2019 10:48 pm Reply

    I have always wanted to plan a family reunion. It is like herding cats! These are great places to start planning!

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 9:06 am Reply

      It is hard to plan a family reunion. My husband’s family schedules it in June every year so everyone knows and what to expect. My family not so easy!

  27. Suzan

    November 5, 2019 4:55 am Reply

    Oh that view from Duck Creek cabin 🙂 How fun was the horseback riding excursion?

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 9:02 am Reply

      It was a local guy, in the area. It was guided but this is in a remote area so very informal.

  28. Lee Anne

    November 5, 2019 5:28 am Reply

    So many wonderful things to see and do. Adding a family reunion to the mix would be awesome! I hope to make it to Utah soon!!

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 9:00 am Reply

      It is a great place for a family vacation!

  29. Jennifer Morrison

    November 5, 2019 9:26 am Reply

    I always enjoy visiting Utah! We have a big family too, and I have not thought of airbnb. We typically just get a lot of hotel rooms. I will have to try that.

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 8:13 pm Reply

      There are amazing cabins to rent in Utah!

  30. Malia

    November 5, 2019 11:58 am Reply

    Great list of family reunion options! Our family loves the Bryce/Zion area but you’re right, it is pretty remote! I had no idea Lake Powell is so pretty!

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 8:12 pm Reply

      I know! Lake Powell is amazing! The water is warm too!

  31. Lisa

    November 5, 2019 5:14 pm Reply

    Such amazing places in Utah! We are adding these as potentials to our bucket list! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 8:12 pm Reply

      No problem, the landscape in Southern Utah is really neat. The Mountains in Northern Utah are amazing!

  32. Cynthia

    November 5, 2019 6:24 pm Reply

    I’ve never been out to Utah but it’s definitely on my list of places to see. I’d love to have a family reunion out there!

    • Lisa

      November 5, 2019 8:11 pm Reply

      It is a really great place to enjoy nature!

  33. Christina Furnival

    November 6, 2019 9:27 am Reply

    My goodness there’s so much to do! We haven’t been to Utah as a family, but now it’s definitely a place to keep in mind. Thanks

    • Lisa

      November 7, 2019 9:38 am Reply

      There are some fun places to see here, you have to seek them out.

  34. Tara

    November 6, 2019 12:56 pm Reply

    We have yet to get to Utah as a family but you may have just inspired me to do that & create a reunion trip around it!! Fun!

    • Lisa

      November 7, 2019 9:37 am Reply

      There are some great vacation homes to rent on airbnb in the mountains, it is probably cheaper than Colorado.

  35. Dena

    November 6, 2019 9:06 pm Reply

    I have to admit that when I think of travel I don’t think of Utah, but your post has definitely changed my mind! The landscape and lakes are gorgeous! There is much more to do there than I expected! We might need to start planning a trip! Thanks for the post! 🙂

    • Lisa

      November 7, 2019 9:36 am Reply

      Utah is a great place for vacation. Winter if you like skiing but Summer time the weather is nice and cool in the mountains. There are some really awesome National Parks (The fab 5) They are really cool!

  36. Natalie

    November 7, 2019 5:09 am Reply

    Lots of great info! I have a family of 20 and we are currently planning the first trip we go on all together. It’s been tough!
    I’d also like to say…Lake Powell ?

    • Lisa

      November 7, 2019 9:35 am Reply

      I love family reunions but finding a time and place is hard.

  37. Jody

    November 7, 2019 5:35 pm Reply

    This is awesome it would be so cool to do all of these things

  38. Haley Kelley

    November 9, 2019 10:32 pm Reply

    My uncle lives in Utah and we have plans to go down as a family at some points! These places would be great

    • Lisa

      November 11, 2019 12:58 pm Reply

      There are some really neat places for sure to visit!

  39. Cindy

    November 10, 2019 3:40 pm Reply

    I’ve only flown over or driven through Utah, on my way elsewhere. Looks like a great state for a visit though! Lots to do and amazing places to stay.

    • Lisa

      November 11, 2019 12:55 pm Reply

      It is worth a visit!

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