Originally settled by ranchers, this small town in Southern Utah boasts endless outdoor recreation and stunning natural scenery. Though it may seem a small, unassuming country town, this area has had an exciting history.
In the late 1700s, early traders went through the area along the Old Spanish Trail from New Mexico to Los Angeles; the name La Sal comes from the surrounding snow-capped peaks, called Sierra de la Sal by Spanish traders. Then there were uranium booms and oil explorations, which temporarily boosted the population. Today, it remains a small community with a top-notch location near some of Utah's best natural sights!
Located in the heart of Utah's canyon country, La Sal sits at the foothills of the La Sal Mountains at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Just over 30 miles from the outdoor mecca of Moab, 36 miles from Arches, and 60 miles from Canyonlands National Park, you're sitting within reach of some of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the country! Our vacation homes sit in a prime location near the mountains too, so you'll be near great summer hiking or winter skiing, depending on the season.
La Sal acts as a jumping off point for a variety of outdoor activities. Every year in June, the town hosts the La Sal Mountain 5K race. In July, there's the Hike to Mt. Peale, and August sees many visitors for the La Sal Mountain Summer Festival. Often, winter is the best time to explore the unrivaled scenery because you can ski or snow-shoe on the mountain one day, then hike nearby desert canyons the next.
For day trips, there are several options to explore the area - explore the stunning canyon vistas with a tour of the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Canyon Rims Recreation Area, and Looking Glass Arch. Nearby, you'll also find the beautiful Manti-La Sal National Forest and Dead Horse Point State Park. After a long day, you'll rest easy in your own private home - then you can wake up and do it all again!
Just 13 miles west of the Colorado border in the northern part of San Juan County, you'll have plenty of options for day trips and nearby activities. Although the area is less than 300 from exciting Salt Lake City, the land near La Sal is a completely different world, filled with amazing red-orange desert canyons, pink dunes, historic western towns, and gorgeous snow-capped mountains.
Canyonlands National Park is about an hour away from La Sal, offering an ideal day trip to explore countless canyons, mesas, and buttes. Choose from rugged, remote biking trails to simple hiking paths to explore the beauty of this canyon. Also within easy reach is breathtaking Arches National Park! You might get an annual park pass to explore all these natural wonders.
About 24 miles from La Sal, the gorgeous Spanish Valley offers more outdoor recreation and interesting history. Check out the Old Spanish Trail Arena in Moab, UT for local rodeos, equestrian events, and archery competitions for the ultimate Western experience!
If higher altitudes and snow-capped mountains are more up your alley, cook up a big breakfast in your rental kitchen, then head over to Mt. Peale about 14 miles away for climbing, hiking, mountaineering - and of course - skiing. From here, you'll also be just about 100 miles from the beautiful parks and scenery over the border in Southwest Colorado.
Whether you're looking to experience vast, colorful canyons or stunning, snow-capped mountains, our vacation rentals in La Sal put you in the perfect location to explore the area. Experience the beauty of Utah and book your stay in La Sal today!