Sense of Place: There’s Something in the Air

Some people think that the best place to go to boarding school is in New England, on the East Coast or maybe California. Let us tell you why Utah is an amazing place to go to high school.

There’s something unique about the landscape of Utah that makes it different from other states — and we’re not just talking about the seven national monuments that claim Utah as their home or the five national parks that reside here. We’re talking about the sense of place that Utah instills in every person who passes through; the friendly communities, the clean air, the geographically diverse topography and the rich cultural history.

When Was the Last Time You….

When was the last time you hiked up a mountainside to three jaw-dropping caverns adorned with helictites and anthodites? These rare formations can be viewed at Utah’s Timpanogos Cave National Monument — just a short drive from Wasatch Academy.

 

Seven. National. Monuments. In One Place.

Can you claim to have climbed the multicolored cliffs of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument while hiking its immense plateaus and canyons? If you go to high school in Utah, your answer might be “yes.” These monuments are just the tip of the iceberg, however; all seven Utah national monuments include:

 

  • Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Dinosaur National Monument
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • Hovenweep National Monument
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument

 

….And Five National Parks, Plus Some

Hike The Narrows. Lose your breath at Dead Horse Point. Rappel off of Delicate Arch. If you’re looking for even more things to do in Utah, here’s a list of the five national parks located within driving distance of Wasatch Academy as well as some of the major state parks:

  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • Dead Horse Point State Park

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Proven Fact: We Have the Best Snow on Earth

More of a cold-weather individual? Do you have a ski rack mounted to your car year-round just in case there’s a freak snowstorm in July? If this sounds even remotely similar to you, you’ll be ecstatic to learn that Utah has the best snow on earth (actually a proven fact!). Snowbird Resort reported a total snowfall of 294 inches in 2016 alone — a number that stopped outdoor enthusiasts in their tracks around the world.

Some of the major Utah ski and snowboard resorts located within a short driving distance from Wasatch Academy include:

  • Solitude Mountain Resort
  • Canyons Resort
  • Sundance Resort
  • Powder Mountain
  • Beaver Mountain
  • Snowbird
  • Brighton Ski Resort
  • Alta
  • Brian Head
  • Park City Resort

On a related note, Wasatch Academy has its own private ski hill exclusively for our students.

 

 Art. Culture. Heritage. Repeat.

What’s the importance of impressive monuments, ski resorts and national parks if they’re not backed by a rich historical culture? Utah doesn’t just boast pretty landmarks – it’s also a mecca of Indian State parks and museums, pioneer heritage sights and globally-recognized art pieces. Just a few hours north of Mt. Pleasant you’ll find sculptor Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty piece — a globally-recognized piece of art that uses its immediate natural environment.

Central Utah is also home to Fremont Indian State Park and Museum, featuring Castle Rock Campground and Kimberly Ghost Town. We could go on, but we’d rather you just visited and discovered the delights of Utah for yourself.

 

Wasatch Academy’s Optimal Location in Central Utah

There are so many incredible things about Utah that it’s difficult to condense them onto one page — which is why it’s imperative to visit. At Wasatch Academy we recognize how our optimal position in central Utah allows students to enjoy everything that Utah has to offer — whether it be backcountry skiing, rock-climbing in Southern Utah or spending a day at one of Utah’s unique cultural sites.

 

Don’t Take Our Word for It

It’s not enough for us to simply tell you about all of the awe-inspiring things that there are to do in Utah — you just have to see it for yourself. Schedule a visit to come visit our campus at Wasatch Academy, and while you’re at it, have your world rocked by the natural beauty that is Utah.