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Adventure Awaits: 6 Thrilling Destinations for the Outdoor Explorer

Published on June 1, 2024

For explorers who crave mountain vistas, heart-pounding thrills and post-vacation bragging rights, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has experiences to satisfy that thirst for adventure. Here are six activities guaranteed to leave you craving more:

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  1. River Adventures in the Wasatch Mountains

Discover the allure of summer in the Wasatch Mountains, where Park City, Utah locals swear by the saying, “I came for the winter but stayed for the summer.” Just minutes from Black Rock Mountain Resort lies the picturesque Jordanelle Reservoir, serving as a gateway to a myriad of outdoor adventures. From tranquil lakes to rushing rivers, the region offers ample opportunities for river rafting, tubing, paddleboarding and more, ensuring an exhilarating escape for every level of thrill seeker.

  1. Kayak Lake Tahoe

The best way to experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe during a stay at Forest Suites Resort is on the lake itself with Kayak Tahoe. Get out on the water with single or double kayaks, paddle boards and guided tours. With five different locations along the lake, which spans both California and Nevada, you can explore spots like Emerald Bay, Baldwin Beach and Meeks Bay. Fun fact: At 99.7% pure, Lake Tahoe water is on par with some of the best and clearest tap water you’ll find in the U.S.

  1. Explore Grand Teton National Park & Yellowstone National Park

Explore the breathtaking wilderness of Grand Teton National Park, conveniently located in Jackson Hole’s backyard, during your stay at Snow King Resort. Immerse yourself in the park’s stunning landscapes, dotted with serene lakes, picturesque trails and wildlife. For even more adventure, venture further into the expansive Yellowstone National Park, spanning 3,500 square miles of some of the most vibrant and alive lands in the United States.

  1. Hike the Columbia River Gorge

Nestled in the Columbia River Gorge, Skamania Lodge offers a haven for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts amidst 293,000 acres of pristine wilderness. Enhance your stay in one of the lodge’s Tree Houses and spend days exploring over four miles of nature trails, offering magnificent views of the surrounding Columbia River Gorge and Cascade Mountains.


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