THE ADVENTURE: Goblin Valley State Park has 3,000 acres of bizarre hoodoos, mesas, and towers—and exactly six percent of the visitors of nearby Arches National Park, which means you can explore the park’s otherworldly canyons in solitude. Base yourself at one of the park’s new deck-equipped yurts ($60) and hike a mile up the Curtis Bench Trail for views of the Henry Mountains.
THE MEAL: Ray’s Tavern, about an hour from Goblin Valley, is one of the few eateries in the sandstone desert of northern Utah. Don’t let the biker-bar vibe scare you from the juiciest steaks, burgers, and pork chops within a 100-mile radius. (435-564-3511)