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


Of All Places…Why Utah?

There are so many reasons why there’s no better place than Utah for the perfect boarding school experience. The rural location and small town feeling provide students a grounded, safe environment for them to learn and grow, all within a 30-minutes’ drive of Salt Lake City’s vibrant city of arts and culture. The real cherry on top is the gorgeous alpine country that surrounds the campus. Deserts, red rocks, major rivers, and breathtaking sights like the world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats are within easy distance from our campus, and provide a wide range of inspiring sights and opportunities for adventure.

Encircled by 10,000 foot mountains, Wasatch Academy is the perfect place to learn and explore the natural world to new heights. Students can hike, bike, climb, and ski their way along these same mountain slopes in their free time, with a competitive team or just for fun. These compelling natural wonders, the ease of access they provide students to outdoor adventure, the incredibly safe small town community, and clean breathable air all make Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, the perfect location to consider as a boarding school for your child.

Fact: We Have the Best Snow on Earth

Perhaps your child prefers the cold and makes you keep a ski rack mounted on your car year-round, just in case? They’re in luck. It’s been tested and proven that Utah has the best snow on earth, with Snowbird Resort reporting a total snowfall of 294 inches in 2016 alone—a number that stopped outdoor enthusiasts in their tracks around the world. The Wasatch Slopes nearby to our school are, even within this great state, some of the very best ski and snowboarding slopes out there.

If a student is wanting to get in some practice closer to home, Wasatch Academy also has its own private ski hill exclusively for our students—and it’s just 20 minutes from campus! Our serious skiers and snowboarders are up there every day after school.