10 Least Populated Utah Towns & Their Best Attractions
Utah has jazz and pizzazz, making it an inviting place for those who want to explore a kaleidoscope of wonders. The Beehive State is home to many thriving urban destinations, like its capital Salt Lake City, Park City, and Moab. Beyond its metropolises, Utah is most proud of its natural diversity.
The state has dunes and lush mountain valleys, like those in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Plateau, and the Great Basin. However, those who want to experience something enriching when visiting Utah should explore its tiny towns, where locals are always eager to welcome those curious enough to explore their communities.
The populations listed below are as of 2021.
10/10 Brian Head (Population: 151)
Brian Head only has 151 residents, but it doesn’t mean the town is quiet. After all, it is the home of Brian Head Ski Resort, a winter wonderland that attracts lovers of snow. It is the “highest resort town” in the country, so outdoor explorers will enjoy its breeze as they glide and slide along its terrain. The resort has two connected mountains, with 71 runs awaiting those who want an alpine adventure, be they beginners or experts. It also has the highest elevation of any Utah resort, so adrenaline rush is guaranteed.
9/10 Tabiona (Population: 143)
Tabiona is known as a hunting destination, but it also offers other types of game, like hiking. Fitness and travel application AllTrails lists two trekking paths near the town: Rock Creek and Ledge Lake. The former is a looped 28-mile trail that’s not for the faint-hearted as it takes 12 hours to finish, and is also an option for birdwatchers. The latter, meanwhile, is longer, a 29-mile route where backpackers will have a satisfying communion with Mother Nature. In the town proper, tourists can check out Fort Tabby Monument or appreciate the Duchesne River.
8/10 Dutch John (Population: 141)
The town of Dutch John is big on fishing, much so that it has the world’s largest fishing fly. The resort where that giant attraction is offers fishing tours, enticing tourists to take on the challenge of the pristine Green River. They can ride a boat or wade through the stream, alert and ready to score brown or rainbow trout. Fishing in Dutch John is always satisfying, thanks to the abundance of fish and the scenic panorama of Flaming Gorge Dam.
7/10 Kingston (Population: 135)
The East Fork of Sevier River passes through Kingston, enticing tourists to explore this humble Utah destination. After exploring the community and meeting new friends, visitors can head to Kingston Canyon, the area’s prominent landmark, where the towering rock formation awaits those who want to appreciate it. There’s a nearby recreation area where tourists can enjoy a picnic. Hikers, meanwhile, can conquer the 27-mile Onion Creek Trail, which takes 12 hours to finish. The town of Kingston is indeed a place of royalty.
6/10 Hatch (Population: 132)
Hatch is tiny, but it’s a catch. Located in Sevier River’s valley, this Utah charmer is dubbed the “home base for adventure.” Even though it’s a place of exciting outdoor moments, the town also offers peace, thanks to the presence of the river, plateau, and valley. Those who want some action can conquer its ATV trails, hiking paths, mountain biking routes, and fishing spots. The town describes itself the best: Hatch is “not just a place, it’s a way of life.”
5/10 Lynnyl (Population: 111)
The breeze of the Sevier River reaches Lynndyl, and though it’s all land, anyone can make a splash in this town, albeit in a muted manner. For starters, tourists can visit the town park where they can be active with basketball or baseball. When they’re stopping by with kids, there’s a playground for them. The park is also an ideal place to take things slowly, enjoying a quick snack before heading to the next destination: Lynndyl Roundhouse. The said historic attraction, built in 1915, is now retired and offers tourists a quick way back in time.
4/10 Independence (Population: 121)
Independence is a young town that offers attractions to lovers of outdoor fun. Its location in Daniel’s Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains makes it a place of adventure. Beyond the farmlands, tourists can explore its wooded and alpine terrain – 10,000 acres of it. During the cold months, skiing is an exciting activity, while the rivers and lakes invite swimmers and waders. The fields and mountains work together to give that sense of freedom – something a town named Independence can give.
3/10 Alton (population: 118)
Located in a valley, Alton is quiet yet proud of its stunning scenery. After all, it’s at the base of the majestic Sunset Cliffs. The panoramic beauty of the Paunsaugunt Plateau will wow tourists, enticing them to explore and escape the hustle and bustle of the urban centers. The town is a perfect base camp for those exploring Bryce Canyon National Park and other nearby attractions. Those who want to mingle with locals can attend the yearly Alton Picnic, where they’ll learn about the area’s history. While in town, another must-see is its “WHOA” signs, perfect for Instagram snaps.
2/10 Antimony (Population: 118)
Antimony is known for its Fourth of July fireworks display, but other things shine in this tiny town. For starters, the American Discovery Trail passes through it, serving as some kind of refuge after explorers conquered Aquarius Plateau on their way to Sevier Plateau. One tour operator in town is Rockin’ R Ranch, offering loads of outdoor activities like cattle drives, archery, camping, cowboy roping, rodeo, horseback riding, tubing, wagon rides, and hiking, among others. Whatever tourists plan to do, they just need to be there to experience Antimony’s awesomeness.
1/10 Scofield (Population: 26)
Though Utah’s smallest town, Scofield does not want to be overlooked. Located in Pleasant Valley by Mud Creek, its top destination is the pristine Scofield Reservoir. With such wonders, making a splash – literally and figuratively – in this charmer can be done in a jiffy. A park surrounds the said reservoir, and campers are welcome to settle there when they want to fish or just enjoy the scenery. During winter, snowmobilers flock to the park, so there’s something in this destination, whatever the season.