50 Best Short Hikes Utahand39;s National Parks  by Greg Witt

50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks Guide Book

by Greg Witt (Wilderness Press)
50 Best Short Hikes Utahand39;s National Parks  by Greg Witt
Are you ready to be amazed by Utah’s national parks? With this guide, you’ll discover the dramatic arches, natural bridges, soaring cliffs, balancing rocks, mysterious hoodoos, and slot canyons that make the region famous. There’s no better way to experience Utah’s national parks than on foot. Every hike is an adventure waiting for you to enjoy.

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Trails from the "50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 50.

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One of the signature hikes in Zion National Park, and one of the very best short hikes in the United States, takes the West Rim Trail from The Grotto picnic area to Angels Landing. The climb to the to ...
Springdale, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
From high above the mesa, one of the highest elevations in Canyonlands, Aztec Butte overlooks sheer cliffs and labyrinthine canyons in every direction. As you scramble up these steep slickrock faces ...
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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You’ll see Balanced Rock in the distance and may even be tempted to drive right by as you head down the road in search of the more spectacular arches in the park. But this red-rock monolith is certain ...
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
Rainbow Point sits at the highest elevation within Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s a harsh alpine environment— a windswept perch where only the strong survive. At the windiest point of the trail, whe ...
Bryce Canyon, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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Cable Mountain is barely recognizable from the depths of Zion Canyon. It’s just another spot along the rim and hardly worth comparing to some of Zion’s magnificent thrones or cathedrals. But Cable Mou ...
Kanarraville, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.4
The Canyon Overlook Trail packs a lot of adventure into 1 mile and culminates in a dramatic overlook, with Pine Creek Canyon in the foreground and Zion Canyon beyond. Built by the Civilian Conservatio ...
Springdale, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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A stroll down the wash of Capitol Gorge takes you through one of only six drainages that cut through the Waterpocket Fold from east to west. This particular drainage was once a wagon road and subseque ...
Fruita, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
For an avid hiker, Capitol Reef is one of the most appealing national parks in America, and Cassidy Arch is a showstopper in Capitol Reef. The trail offers the variety, the adventure, and the kind o ...
Fruita, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3
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The trail’s namesake is a stately pillar of rich red Moenkopi Formation that’s clearly visible and best photographed from UT 24 near the trailhead. Chimney Rock is like a tower of puff pastry—hundreds ...
Fruita, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
Capitol Reef is full of great nooks and crannies. The park’s centerpiece, the Waterpocket Fold, is nothing more than a crinkle in the earth’s crust that results in hundreds of natural-made hiding plac ...
Fruita, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
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The Court of the Patriarchs is the first shuttle stop after you enter Zion Canyon and begin the dramatic ascent. Most visitors stay on the bus and glance at the three Patriarchs from the shuttle’s win ...
Springdale, UT - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 1.4
Crater View Trail, a short, steeply pitched trail, leads to a dramatic overlook on the south rim of Upheaval Dome and returns along the same route, with an elevation gain of 200 feet. The attraction h ...
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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If you have just one day in Arches National Park and time to hike just one trail, then a pilgrimage to Delicate Arch, the landmark symbol for Utah and the desert Southwest, is the must-do hike in the ...
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
Imagine that you’ve had a full day at Arches; it’s late in the afternoon, everyone is tired and hungry, and there’s no water in the car. You’ve seen the Windows, Double Arch, and Devils Garden. You ...
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
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With so many prominent arches along the route, it’s no surprise that Devils Garden is one of the most heavily used trail networks in the park. But all this attention is very much deserved, so don’t le ...
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
Double Arch is a spectacular sight and one of the most popular arches in the park. Because of its fame, if you want to have it to yourself, consider making this an early-morning or late-afternoon stop
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
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This hike captures what many regard as the best of the Needle district’s varied landscape. The formations you’ll see make up only the outer edge of many more needle-like pinnacles and parallel canyons ...
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
The Emerald Pools Trails are among the most popular hiking trails in the park, and justifiably so. From the valley floor, the trail crosses the Virgin River and ascends through three sets of pools. ...
Springdale, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
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Bryce Canyon is relatively compact as national parks go, so finding an off the-beaten route not already lined with tourists shortly after sunrise may seem unachievable. But that’s what you’ll find in ...
Rubys Inn, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.2
The name Fiery Furnace comes not from the scorching summer sun— actually, you’ll find plenty of shade here—but from the fiery red hues of the rock and the flamelike contour of the sandstone fins. The ...
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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