#BeUtahful – Aditi Desai, ASDA District 10 Trustee, Roseman ’21

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You will find two types of people in Utah. One who would claim there isn’t much to do in Utah, and other who would say there is so much to do in Utah! It all comes down to what type of person you are. Do you like to party like you are in Vegas every weekend? Or are you an adventurous outdoor person?  If you are the latter, then you can never be bored in Utah! Utah is the perfect place to live if you love outdoor adventures such as camping, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, mining, swimming, snowboarding and more. Any type of outdoor activity you can think of, can be done in Utah!

After moving to Utah, I was surprised by the amount of time it took me to get acclimatized to the altitude. Having grown up on flat terrain in Ontario, Canada where running a mile was no large feat, here I found myself huffing and puffing after running just 100 yards. I didn’t feel alone when I found out that this was a common phenomenon for others who made a similar geographical change.  Overtime my lung capacity and stamina increased, and I’m grateful for the experience of getting to live in such a beautiful state. 

Utah is a unique state as it has mountains, lake, hot springs, caves, snow and desert! It is very common to see students in Utah go hiking or skiing/snowboarding weekly. There is so much to do and see here that even if you went hiking every weekend to a new location for a year, you would still not be close to experiencing all the different hikes and views. If you have Instagram, you should check out this popular trending hashtag #BeUTAHful and see all the beautiful pictures of Utah. So far, I have had the opportunity to visit 2 out of 5 National Parks. My goal before I leave Utah is to go from a beginner skier to an expert level skier and complete all the hard level hikes at all the National Parks of Utah. 

So for anyone planning to visit Utah, here is what I recommend according to the season.

Spring
Best activity: Visit Arches or Bryce Canyon or Salt Flats (Best time for photography after a good rain fall)
Favorite Hike:

Summer
Best activity: Homestead crater or camping in Lake Powell (Don’t forget to stargaze at night!)

Fall
Best activity: Visit Zion
Favorite Hike: (Can not pick one) Angel’s landing but all the way to the peak, The Narrows (don’t forget to rent out warm pants and boots)

Winter
Best activity: Skiing or Snowboarding or Horseshoeing in Park City or attend Sundance Festival (this year I had a chance to see Mindy Kaling in passing!)

Honestly, it doesn’t matter what the weather is like or what season it is, you will always be able to see something beautiful in Utah! I am very lucky that I am able to spend 4 years here and I am excited to see what else Utah has to offer!

-Adita Desai, ASDA District 10 Trustee, Roseman ’21

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