Hiking Trails 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...

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Backcountry Tips & Tricks

When it comes to essential wilderness techniques, we’ll show you how to do it right. The best part: There’s no test. Until you encounter that rattlesnake, of course. Read More...

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Be Careful to Not Fall in Zion National Park

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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Biking and Walking 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...

Hiking in the Virgin River through the Narrows in Zion National Park

Explore The Narrows in Zion National Park

The Narrows are easily accessed by everyone. The hike begins at Temple of Sinawava, then winds along the paved pathway of Riverside Walk to the beginning of the area where the canyon walls narrow. Read More...

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FAQs About Zion Hiking Trails

What trails are wheelchair accessible? Are bicycles allowed on the trails? Is there mountain biking in the park? Are pets allowed on any trails? + More 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...

Landscape in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

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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Hiking & Trail Safety in Southern Utah

Due to the fact Utah is home to mountains, narrow canyons and steep terrain, trails are often loose, steep and dangerous (with little or no room for error). Read More...

A hiker near the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, holding onto the chains and taking a selfie photo.

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...

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

Southern Utah is a Day-Hiker’s Paradise

There are hikes for all abilities in southern Utah and just across the border at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Try a short hike and you’ll be hooked. Read More...

The Upper Emerald Pools Trail in Zion National Park

The Emerald Pools of Zion National Park

Right across the road from Zion Lodge are the Emerald Pools, a mix of trails and pools that provide easy to moderate hiking opportunities between each oasis. Read More...

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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: Backpacking

Overnight hikes in the desert Southwest—whether it’s Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, or Grand Canyon—are some of the world’s most spectacular natural adventures. You get enormous views (this is the real big sky country!), vibrantly colored sandstone arches and hoodoos, and massive solitude. For these outings, you’ll want to pack the same items you’d carry for a dayhike, plus food, cooking gear, and these desert-specific recommendations. 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: Backpacking

Pick your clothing for multiday trips in Zion to deal with its climate extremes: very hot days and rapidly cooling nights. Rain gear is optional: In the rare chance you actually get wet in a summer monsoon shower, sunshine is always right around the corner, just waiting to dry you off. Our best advice: Select versatile, loose-fitting clothes that do double-duty as day and night garments so you can pack light. 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...