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Coalville is a small city on the northeastern corner of Utah within an hour's drive of Salt Lake City. Like most cities in the state, "Chalk Creek", as it was formerly called, was first settled by Mormon pioneers. It was renamed Coalville in mid-19th century just as coal mining in the surrounding area was begun in earnest.
Coalville sits at an elevation of 5,500 feet and lies where two narrow mountain valleys meet - that of the Chalk Creek, and the Weber River, which runs through town. Skiing is a popular recreation in the mountainous Summit County, and there’s more to be experienced elsewhere. Book an RV in Coalville and venture farther out to discover Utah's five dazzling national parks. They lie close to each other and make for a fantastic multi-day expedition that will surely leave you breathless as you weave your way from one park to the next.
If you want a dose of nature in a hurry, head to the 1,450-acre Echo Reservoir immediately north of town. Located in an open setting, the reservoir is fed by meltwater from the surrounding mountains. Toss a line out for rainbow and brown trout and catfish, launch a boat, or picnic by the water’s edge.
Add watchable wildlife to your outdoor pursuits and take your motorhome rental from Coalville to Rockport State Park, about a 30-minute drive away. Spy on foxes, marmots, and mule deer, among many other mammals that call the park home. If you like to fish, trout and bass are abundant. For the more energetic, there are waterskiing, tubing, and wakeboarding opportunities here, which make the lake busy in summer.
Nature on a grander scale lies beyond the urban sights of Salt Lake City's metro area, and it's well worth driving your Coalville camper rental for half of a day to reach one of these stunning locations. The first of Utah's national parks, Zion National Park captivates visitors with its massive cream, pink, and red sandstone cliffs that stand in contrast to the bright blue sky. Close by is Bryce Canyon National Park famous for its distinctive "hoodoos" (irregularly eroded rock spires in massive numbers) along with red rocks and pink cliffs.
Two hours' drive up ahead is Capitol Reef National Park iconic for its Waterpocket Fold, a geological wrinkle on the earth stretching almost 100 miles. Look out for the Capitol Reef, an apt name for white domes of Navajo sandstone that make up the most scenic portion of the Waterpocket Fold. If you still have time – and gas – take your motorhome rental from Coalville to the Canyonlands and the Arches National Park. They are so close to each other that it's a waste of opportunity not to visit while you're still in the area. The flat-topped mesa "Island in the Sky" and soaring rock pinnacles known as "The Needles" welcome intrepid travelers to the Canyonlands while natural stone arches – around 2,000 of them – await at the Arches National Park.
In town, you have a few parks to choose from. A couple of them have full hookup sites while another one has water/electric access. All have restrooms and showers. Expand your search to within 10-25 miles and you have a diverse range of campgrounds worth considering, including a few state parks. Most have restrooms, showers, and full hookup sites; a handful are by the lake or stream where you can watch wildlife and fish, or launch a kayak.
With a store manager's permission, staying at a Walmart parking lot can be a practical option if you need someplace to park your Coalville travel trailer rental in a pinch. The closest Walmart stores are in Park City and Evanston, though you don't have to leave town for fuel as several gas stations can be found within the city limits.
Coalville's Summit County Courthouse hides a small gem of a historical museum in its basement. Browse through the museum's collection of household objects from the 1800s, pictures of Summit County's residents from that era, and memorabilia from the city's mining past. Enrich your understanding of Coalville's history on a docent-led tour of the courthouse, and a walking tour down Coalville's Main Street.
Coalville is the home base of the Summit County Fair happening every first full week of August so it’s best to search for Coalville camper rental ahead of time if you plan to attend this event. Hunt for the tastiest Navajo tacos and watch cowboys compete for a spot in the National Finals Rodeo. Get a glimpse of an authentic Western way of life: observe locals trade livestock and sell homemade canned goods.
In January, cinephiles descend upon Park City's steep, snow-covered Main Street when the Sundance Film Festival comes to town. Scope out the scene for renowned Hollywood filmmakers and celebrities from stateside and abroad as they join independent cinematic creators and artists during this well-attended event. The historic Egyptian Theatre on Main Street is the hub of all this activity, but some premieres are held outside of town, in Salt Lake City and the Sundance Mountain Resort. A city shuttle transports festival-goers from one theater to the next, but come prepared for long walks in between venues.
Coalville's limited dining scene has you covered if huevos rancheros is enough to satisfy your brunch cravings. Aside from Mexican basics like burritos and tacos, Coalville offers the usual American comfort food and BBQs. And that’s mostly it. Park City, on the other hand, has a more extensive menu consisting of Mexican, Italian, and Asian offerings. Steakhouses and sushi bars are also numerous and the cafe scene is lively. In some places, you can even order vegan/vegetarian meals.
Summit County is aptly mountainous and proves to be a fitting introduction to the natural wonders of Utah where visitors are encouraged to live “Life Elevated”. So start making travel plans today, search for an RV rental in Coalville, UT, and aim high.