Hiking in Utah

Utah offers hikers and backpackers an exceptional variety of lovely trails that meander across rivers and streams, and pass by striking waterfalls & arches

Sheep Creek Connecting Trail in Bryce Canyon's Swamp Canyon. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak

5 Dayhikes Among Hoodoos and Pine in Bryce Canyon

The overlooks are just the beginning. Venture deeper into Bryce Canyon on one of these excellent day trips for even more spectacular views. Read More...

Mesa Arch at Sunrise in Canyonlands National Park. Photo by Stephen Probert

A Day-hiker’s Paradise

Both southern Utah and northern Arizona are filled with day-hiking and backcountry exploration opportunities. Canyonlands National Park, over the the southeast corner of Utah, offers day hikes and backcountry trails for everyone. The Island in the Sky and Needles regions of the park have hundreds of miles of pleasant walks, day hikes and backcountry trails. Read More...

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Don’t Fall in Zion

Zion National Park is called a vertical wonderland, which means gravity rules all. The Emerald Pools lead on falling fatalities, followed by Angels Landing. Read More...

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FAQs About Zion Hiking Trails

What trails are wheelchair accessible? Are bicycles allowed on the trails? Are pets allowed on any trails? Are guide dogs allowed on the trails, in the buildings, or in the backcountry? How many people have fallen off Angels Landing? Read More...

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Favorite Zion hikes

Everyone should take the scenic short hike to Weeping Rock Trail. The half-mile climb is doable for almost everyone, yet offers many of the key attractions that make Zion, Zion. Read More...

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Hiking & Trail Safety

Wear broken-in and sturdy shoes that have good traction. (A note of caution: Because many of the Rocky Mountain’s hikes have steep ascents and descents, often your heels and toes will get particularly pressed. Make sure your shoes fit properly and that you bring along some blister care and other first aid while hiking.) Read More...

A hiker near the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, holding onto the chains.

Hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park

Angels Landing soars 1,488 ft above the Virgin River. Reach the summit and your reward is a spectacular view of Zion Canyon and surrounding cliffs. Read More...

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Hiking the Zion Narrows along the Virgin River

This slot canyon in Zion National Park, is the premier and most accessible slot canyon in the Southwest. Hikers can take the easy, moderate or challenging route. Read More...

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Preparing to Hike the Zion Narrows through the Virgin River

What do I need to know before entering the Narrows? How far can I hike into the Narrows? What do I need to take to hike the Narrows? How did it get its name? Where does the river start and end? Read More...

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Soak in fabulous scenery

Utah is know for its striking scenery, but Zion stands above the rest. With breathtaking waterfalls, towering cliffs, narrow canyons and numerous water features, it is hard to image a place more beautiful. Read More...

A hiker in Spooky Gulch in Grand Staircase Escalente National Monument

Top 5 Southern Utah Hikes

Play the slots and explore slickrock wonderlands in Canyonlands, Grand Gulch, Zion, and Grand Staircase Escalante. Squeeze through Peek-a-boo Gulch. Read More...

What to Bring: Day Hiking

Zion is remarkably similar to the Grand Canyon in climate and terrain—it only lacks the brutal 4,000-foot climbs. The weather here tends to be oven-hot in the summer (best times to visit are spring and fall), water is scare, and the trails can be just as rocky and technical. There’s a bit less technical risk and challenge in Zion, but the gear you’ll pack will be similar; in fact, what you carry on hikes in the Grand Canyon and Zion is a good setup for most Southwest desert hikes. Read More...

What to Wear: Day Hiking

They like to say “it’s a dry heat” in the Southwest, and it is—like a furnace. Especially on exposed trails in Zion, where there are few trees to provide shade, and plenty of light-colored surfaces to reflect the solar radiation. Unless you’re exploring a slot canyon like Zion Narrows, where the temps are milder, time your dayhike for the coolest parts of the day—a pre-dawn start is advisable—and make sure you’re wearing the following items to beat the UV. Read More...

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Which Trail Should I Hike in Arches National Park?

What to expect on Arches National Park trails, from an incredibly popular arch hike to a difficult desert scramble in a remote area. Read More...

Landscape in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

You have been hacked by a little Panda

5,500-foot stairstep-like rise of formations from the rim of the Grand Canyon and up to the Bryce and Escalante River canyons. Explore Devils Garden. Read More...

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Zion’s Pa’rus Trail – Easy, Paved, and Dog-Friendly

Pa’rus Trail is one of the favorite places for bikes as well as strollers and wheelchairs. And it’s dog-friendly which is rare in national parks. Read More...