Located in the western U.S., Utah is known for its bright red cliffs and distinctive rock formations. Utah hiking spans everything from mountains to deep, winding sandstone canyons.
Utah is home to numerous national parks, including Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is also a popular spot for backpackers, boaters and hikers. The area’s dominating feature is Lake Powell, a massive artificial lake created in the 1960’s by the construction of the Glen Canyon dam.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails to help you find the best Utah hiking.
[Member Exclusive] You don’t need to renew your passport to make memories this year: Get out and get hiking with these phenomenal, uncrowded destinations.
Thanks to COVID-19, big-name national parks are drawing larger crowds than normal this year, leading to busy trails and hard-to-get permits. So skip ‘em and set your sights on these sleeper alternatives instead. Not only will you still nab beauty to rival any national park, but there’s a good chance your social distancing will extend for miles and miles.
A Basecamper takes his first solo on a 5-day, 31-mile trek.
Catch the best of the early season show on these nine routes curated exclusively for Basecamp members.
We’re all for tagging summits, but the best way to experience a peak? Hike around it. You’ll see a mountain’s many faces on a single, peak-circling loop. These 14 trips circumnavigate the best of the best.