With its staggering variety of landscapes, Utah is a wilderness-lover’s paradise. In Park City, you can fly down steep slopes in near-perfect snow conditions. In Moab, the mountain biking and river rafting are among the best in the country. For hikers, Zion National Park offers challenging trails and spectacular views. If classic cabins are your idea of the perfect Utah cabin rentals, start your search in these popular areas.

1. Brian Head

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Home to Southern Utah’s most popular ski resorts, Brian Head is a prime destination for mountain cabins. In the winter, look for vacation rentals near the Brian Head Resort, which features two different peaks. Navajo Peak provides a selection of beginner and intermediate runs, while Brian Head Peak features mostly intermediate and advanced runs. The resort is open to both skiers and snowboarders, and also features a snow tube park for families. When the snow melts, the slopes come alive with mountain bikers who come for the steep hills and challenging drops. Nearby, enjoy spectacular hikes through the red rocks in Cedar Breaks National Monument.

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2. Moab

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When it comes to adventure-based vacations, it’s hard to beat Moab. This tiny town features a thriving community of locals, as well as a steady stream of visitors, all eager to experience the stunning outdoor settings. Explore the sandstone formations in Arches National Park or bike down the steep trails of Canyonlands National Park. In the summer, beat the intense heat with a kayak or whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River. Year-round, climbers scale red-rock cliffs at spots such as The Titan and Indian Creek. Cabins in and around Moab range from rustic climber’s retreats to sprawling luxury log cabins. In-town rentals place you within steps of Moab’s excellent restaurants and shops, while cabins on the outskirts provide immediate access to the area’s outdoor wonderland.

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3. Zion National Park

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Surround yourself with some of Utah’s most breath-taking scenery in Zion National Park. Cabin rentals in Springdale position you close to the park’s entrance, so you can watch the sun rise over the towering cliffs. If you prefer to get away from the crowds, search in Rockville or nearby Virgin. Hiking is one of Zion’s most popular activities; since the canyons get little to no snow, you can lace up your hiking boots any time of year. During the warmer months, hike through the river in the Narrows; when the temperatures begin to drop, head up the hair-raising Angels Landing trail for one of the most beautiful views in the park.

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4. Pine Valley

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Enjoy a classic mountain setting within a short drive of Southern Utah’s famous red rocks in Pine Valley. Cabins in this adorable mountain town offer vistas of nearby peaks, pine forests, and serene lakes; make the most of the view by choosing a rental with a large deck. Once you’ve settled in, head to the Santa Clara River to try your luck at fishing, or book a horseback riding tour into the nearby peaks. In the Pine Valley Recreation Area, you can fish for rainbow trout and hike through the ponderosa pines. Summers feature cool temperatures, while winters bring a quiet atmosphere and excellent snowshoeing opportunities.

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5. Heber

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Tucked into a high valley in the Wasatch Mountains, Heber provides fast access to world-class outdoor activities. In the summer, go water skiing on Deer Creek Reservoir or fly above the water with Zipline Utah. If you’re feeling the need for speed, leave your car at your vacation rental and join an ATV tour into the mountains. In the winter, locals head to Soldier Hollow in Wasatch Mountain State Park for snow tubing. Don’t miss the Heber Valley Railroad, which offers scenic tours, murder mystery rides, and family events from April through October. For the quintessential Heber experience, look for cabin rentals on the outskirts of town or near Wasatch Mountain State Park.

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6. Cedar City

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Enjoy the best of Utah’s varied landscapes in Cedar City, which offers red rock cliffs, mountains, and beautiful forests. During the summer and fall, this sleepy town comes to life with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Watch musicals and plays, and be sure to catch a Shakespeare classic in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, a stunning replica of the Globe Theatre in London. Before the snow falls, bring your bikes and ride up into the mountains on the paved trail system near Coal Creek. In the winter, enjoy beautiful hikes and scenic drives. If you want to be close to the city’s charming downtown, look for cabin rentals near N 200 E; for the best views, choose a log cabin in the hills on the eastern side of town.

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7. Park City

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When it comes to cabin rentals in Utah, it’s hard to beat Park City for selection and quality. This high-end mountain town bursts with properties ranging from adorable small cabins to enormous, opulent log cabin homes that accommodate large groups. If you’re in town for skiing, look for cabins with ski in/ski out access near the Deer Valley, Canyons, or Park City Mountain resorts. Cabins near downtown sit within walking distance of Park City’s world-class dining and evening entertainment options. In the summer, head to the Utah Olympic Park for thrill rides, or hike at the local ski resorts. If you’re visiting in January, enjoy celebrity-spotting during the Sundance Film Festival.

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