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.
The federal government is considering changes to national monuments around the country. Hike these trails to get a ground-level view of what's at stake.
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Swimming holes, waterfalls, petroglyphs, and an idyllic campsite—all just a few miles deep in Dinosaur National Monument. BY ROSE CONRY