Best Backpacking in Utah

This list represents the most popular backpacking in Utah. Use this list to plan your next Utah backpacking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Mount Timpanogos Trail

    12 Reviews

    Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, UT

    Mount Timpanogos Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Utah County, Utah. It is within Mount Timpanogos Wilderness Area and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 13.1 miles long and begins ...
    •  13.1 miles

    Mount Timpanogos Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Utah County, Utah. It is within Mount Timpanogos Wilderness Area and ...

  • #2 Coyote Gulch

    4 Reviews

    Escalante, UT

    Coyote Gulch is one of the quintessential and most popular hikes in the Escalante area. Those who enjoy only the most untouched wilderness will likely resent the evidence of past grazing in Coyote ...
    •  2 to 4 days
    •  28 miles
    •  Guide

    Coyote Gulch is one of the quintessential and most popular hikes in the Escalante area. Those who enjoy only the most untouched ...

  • #3 Buckskin Gulch

    3 Reviews

    Kanab, UT

    Buckskin Gulch is arguably the premier set of narrows in the United States. The gulch is long and deep, leaving few opportunities to get out. Ensure a dry weather forecast before entering and ...
    •  3 days
    •  23 miles
    •  Guide

    Buckskin Gulch is arguably the premier set of narrows in the United States. The gulch is long and deep, leaving few opportunities ...

  • #4 Kane Gulch Ranger Station to Bullet Canyon Trailhead

    4 Reviews

    Mexican Hat, UT

    This premium 3-to 4-day trip surveys what is arguably the most attractive segment of 52-mile-long Grand Gulch, one of the top backcountry destinations in the Glen Canyon region. Grand Gulch carves ...
    •  3 to 4 days
    •  22.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This premium 3-to 4-day trip surveys what is arguably the most attractive segment of 52-mile-long Grand Gulch, one of the ...

  • #5 Lake Hardy

    3 Reviews

    Alpine, UT

    After 2.5 miles and 1500 feet up, you arrive at the Wilderness Area boundary and the First Hamongog, a beautiful meadow with a perennial stream running on its south edge. The trail starts at ...
    •  8 to 12 hours, or 2 or 3 days
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    After 2.5 miles and 1500 feet up, you arrive at the Wilderness Area boundary and the First Hamongog, a beautiful meadow with ...

  • #6 West Rim Trail

    2 Reviews

    Springdale, UT

    The trail drops down a large cliff through a series of switchbacks carved in the sandstone, passes beneath the cliffs of Mount Majestic and Cathedral Mountain to the south. Veering south, you ...
    •  2 days
    •  14.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail drops down a large cliff through a series of switchbacks carved in the sandstone, passes beneath the cliffs of ...

  • #7 High Uintas Trek

    2 Reviews

    Kamas, UT

    For a serious backpacking trip into the heart of the High Uintas and awe-inspiring alpine scenery, this is the hike.
    •  6 or more days
    •  54 miles
    •  Guide

    For a serious backpacking trip into the heart of the High Uintas and awe-inspiring alpine scenery, this is the hike.

  • #8 Kings Peak

    3 Reviews

    Mountain View, UT

    The numerous lakes here are great for fishing and camping, and the area is heavily used. At Anderson Pass you leave the trail and begin the climb to the highest point in the state at 13,528 feet. ...
    •  2 to 4 days
    •  28 miles
    •  Guide

    The numerous lakes here are great for fishing and camping, and the area is heavily used. At Anderson Pass you leave the trail ...

  • #9 Arch Canyon

    1 Reviews

    Blanding, UT

    A little-known box canyon on Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service land suitable for a long day hike or two- to four-day backpacking trip, using the extra time to explore the numerous ...
    •  One to four days
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    A little-known box canyon on Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service land suitable for a long day hike or two- to four-day ...

  • #10 Hurricane Wash to Coyote Gulch

    0 Reviews

    Escalante, UT

    Coyote Gulch is the most well-known, and well-used, canyon in the Escalante region—and for good reasons. Between the lower Escalante River and the Straight Cliffs, Coyote Gulch has carved a deep, ...
    •  3-4 days
    •  26.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Coyote Gulch is the most well-known, and well-used, canyon in the Escalante region—and for good reasons. Between the lower ...

  • #11 Death Hollow Trail

    1 Reviews

    Escalante, UT

    This is one of those special hikes that has something for almost everyone. The first part of the route follows the old Boulder Mail Trail, a historical trail characterized by wide vistas of slickrock ...
    •  3 days
    •  20.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This is one of those special hikes that has something for almost everyone. The first part of the route follows the old Boulder ...

  • #12 Kings Peak - Utah Highpoint

    1 Reviews

    Roosevelt, UT

    Highpoint rank by height: 7th. Kings Peak makes for a really enjoyable multi-day backpacking trip. Don't cheat yourself out of a positive experience by running up to the summit and back to your ...
    •  14 to 20 hours
    •  28 miles
    •  Guide

    Highpoint rank by height: 7th. Kings Peak makes for a really enjoyable multi-day backpacking trip. Don't cheat yourself out ...

  • #13 Under-the-Rim Trail

    1 Reviews

    Tropic, UT

    A two- to three-day backpack in Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a remote hike through the base of the older sections of Bryce Canyon, with distant panoramic views, geologic features, abundant ...
    •  Two to three days
    •  22.9 miles
    •  Guide

    A two- to three-day backpack in Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a remote hike through the base of the older sections ...

  • #14 Dark Canyon

    3 Reviews

    Hanksville, UT

    There are multiple trails down the steep face. The going is slow and tedious, but not as bad as the trip back up will be! You descend 1100+ feet down a 50-percent boulder-strewn slope into the ...
    •  2 to 5 days
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    There are multiple trails down the steep face. The going is slow and tedious, but not as bad as the trip back up will be! ...

  • #15 Christmas Meadows to Kermsuh Lake

    1 Reviews

    Kamas, UT

    The trail starts out along the fringes of Christmas Meadows among aspens and pines. To the right is an open meadow, where lush greenery surrounds a slow-running stream. Watch for moose feeding ...
    •  1 to 2 days
    •  14.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail starts out along the fringes of Christmas Meadows among aspens and pines. To the right is an open meadow, where ...

  • #16 Wire Pass Trailhead to White House Trailhead via Buckskin Gulch and the Paria River

    4 Reviews

    Church Wells, UT

    Buckskin Gulch is the ultimate in slot canyons, being longer and more consistently narrow than any other canyon in the world. Nearly 1,000 hikers from across the nation and around the globe visit ...
    •  2 days
    •  20.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Buckskin Gulch is the ultimate in slot canyons, being longer and more consistently narrow than any other canyon in the world. ...

  • #17 Malans Basin Trail

    5 Reviews

    Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, UT

    Malans Basin Trail is a hiking trail in Weber County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 6,088 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail ...
    •  2.9 miles

    Malans Basin Trail is a hiking trail in Weber County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 2.9 miles ...

  • #18 Deseret Peak via South Willow Canyon

    5 Reviews

    Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, UT

    Deseret Peak via South Willow Canyon is a hiking and horse trail in Tooele County, Utah. It is within Deseret Peak Wilderness Area and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 4.0 miles long ...
    •  4.0 miles

    Deseret Peak via South Willow Canyon is a hiking and horse trail in Tooele County, Utah. It is within Deseret Peak Wilderness ...

  • #19 Red Pine Lakes Trail

    5 Reviews

    Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, UT

    Red Pine Lakes Trail is a hiking trail in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is within Lone Peak Wilderness Area and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 9,010 feet ...
    •  2.4 miles

    Red Pine Lakes Trail is a hiking trail in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is within Lone Peak Wilderness Area and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache ...

  • #20 Kolob Arch

    1 Reviews

    Cedar City, UT

    A long day hike or overnighter into the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park. Along the way you’ll enjoy dramatic views of the Finger Canyons of the Kolob and massive Kolob Arch, and ...
    •  One day to overnight
    •  14.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A long day hike or overnighter into the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park. Along the way you’ll enjoy dramatic ...