Utah is a popular state for the sport of hang gliding. Soaring mountains that tower over open plains make the state ideal for the sport. There are many spots famous among hang gliding enthusiasts worldwide, some of which require you to be a U.S. Hang Gliding Association (USHGA) rated pilot and a member of the Utah Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (UHGPGA). If you are serious about hang gliding, you will be itching to get rated and join these associations. If not, there are still sites for you to try out the sport with guides and instructors.
In the world of hang gliding, Point of the Mountain is considered one of the best spots for gliding in the world. Just 24 miles south of Salt Lake City, it is located in the Flight Park State Recreation Area and is co-managed by Utah State Parks and Recreation and the UHGPGA. It is recognized as a great place for both novices and experienced hang gliders. The park also has other sites on the north and south end of the park, but you must be a current rated pilot of the USHGA and a member of the UHGPGA in order to fly there.
Near Orem, about an hour south of Salt Lake City, hang gliding enthusiasts can enjoy Inspiration Point. This is the second most popular site in the state after Point of the Mountain. There are paved roads that lead directly to the launch point, making getting there easy.
In comparison to Point of the Mountain and Inspiration Point, Camels, a less frequented but still spectacular spot for hang gliding, is not quite as easy to get to. It is about two hours from Salt Lake City and challenging dirt roads lead to the launch point, but that only ensures great gliding with no crowds.