Home to five national parks and a number of national monuments, recreation areas and BLM lands, southern Utah is one of the most open, desolate places in the Lower 48. There are miles of hiking and backpacking routes through this rugged country and a number of sport-specific clubs.
Southern Utah contains some of the most diverse wilderness that you'll find anywhere, from mountains that stretch more than 12,000 feet to slot canyons that drive deep into the earth. The hiking is equally diverse, with everything from paved, scenic day hikes to technical canyoneering routes.
The Sierra Club Glen Canyon Group represents Moab and surrounding national lands, including Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef national parks. Other area clubs for hiking include the Moab Adventurers Meetup Group, a multi-sport group formed in 2010, and Trail Mix, a local trail maintenance organization.
Southwestern Area Clubs
The Outback Hiking Club of Southern Utah is located in St. George and the American Canyoneering Association is located in Cedar City.
These clubs and organizations range in scope. The American Canyoneering Association is a leading world organization for oversight of the sport of canyoneering. The Sierra Club is involved in advocacy and wilderness protection; Trail Mix offers trail building and maintenance and the Outback Hiking Club of Southern Utah sponsors regular hikes in the St. George area.
Each club varies in terms of its activities and events. The Outback Hiking Club of Southern Utah has numerous hikes throughout the year, while the Sierra Club holds two annual meetings and holds regular hikes and clean-up events.