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
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 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:
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:
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 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!
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!
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
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 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
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.
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!
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.
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
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 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 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.
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 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
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!
Gorgeous lake with amazing views. A true place to make memories and have a great time!
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
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 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.
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
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!
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!
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 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.
Lake activities are the most obvious; skiing, fishing, and swimming.
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
Some of the benefits of Lake Powell are hanging out on the lake all day, swimming, and enjoying the view.
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
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:
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!
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.
Close to town and hospital. There is a lake and hiking close by.
No ATV trails nearby.
Utah Family Reunion #6 Flaming Gorge; Vernal, Utah
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 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 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.
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.
Lodging is a harder to find for a big group.
Are You Ready to Plan a 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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