When I was in High School, Utah had 250,000 people in the state. No it has over 2 million. And we wonder why our property values have shot up. This is true of the whole west, as more and more folks migrate to western states for the great lifestyle. Utah is around 75% public lands. Meaning what land you can buy, is getting more and more expensive as the population/demand grows.
We 've got 10,000-11,000 foot elevation rides in summer in Utah that are only 1-2 hours drive from the major cities.
Red Castle - North Slope of Uinta Mountains
Strawberry Close to Park City area
Just across the Border into Idaho Maybe 2 hours drive from my home
The shoreline trail that we ride all winter and spring. 5 minutes from the house. Here is a spring photo with the leaves green
Here is a January Photo with no leaves and some snow
Antelope Island in January, 20 minutes from my house and a good place to ride when the mountains have 6 feet of snow.
February in the San Rafael Swell, about 4 hours south of my home
And again in April. We make several trips down each spring to get the horses legged up for summer riding.
It's a great state for horses. Horses used to be the states number 1 industry. But I'm not sure that is still the case. Hay is still cheap. It's easy to buy for $100 a ton, And if you shop a little, you can probably find $75 a ton. The only problem is land values around the major cities have soared. But if you don't mind a more rural lifestyle. then prices are little more reasonable away from the cities.