Best Hiking in Utah

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

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#1. Angels Landing (Zion National Park)


This trail provides a spectacular day trip for well-conditioned hikers who have no fear of heights. It receives heavy use, so chances for solitude are slim. Beyond Scout Lookout, the trail becomes an…
From the guidebook "Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks"
Springdale, UT - Hiking - 4.4 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in ut - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. The Narrows of Zion Canyon (Zion National Park)


Possibly the best-known hike in Zion National Park, this wading route follows the Virgin River through the spectacular Narrows of Zion Canyon. Here, fluted walls rise for a thousand feet, crowding t…
From the guidebook "Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks"
Springdale, UT - Hiking - 15.4 miles Best Trail in ut - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Angels Landing


The trail from here is not for the squeamish or faint of heart as it crosses the top of a thin sandstone fin with high exposure on both sides. Many are content with the view from Scout Lookout and tur…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in Utah"
Springdale, UT - Hiking - 4.5 miles Best Trail in ut - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#4. Emerald Pools (Zion National Park)


There are three Emerald Pools—Upper, Middle, and Lower—and visitors may choose from as many trails: a short, 1.2-mile round-trip loop to the Lower Pool; a 1.9-mile round-trip visit to the Middle and L…
From the guidebook "Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks"
Springdale, UT - Hiking - 1.9 miles Best Trail in ut - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Navajo Loop (Bryce Canyon National Park)


This popular trail makes a short 1- to 2-hour loop from the rim at Sunset Point down to the floor of Bryce Canyon. The trail visits favorite hoodoo formations such as Wall Street, Twin Bridges, and Th…
From the guidebook "Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks"
Bryce, UT - Hiking - 1.4 miles Best Trail in ut - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Delicate Arch: Arches National Park


A moderately difficult and very heavily used route to the world’s most famous arch. If you’ve ever seen a postcard or poster of Arches National Park, you’ve probably seen Delicate Arch. This amazing…
From the guidebook "Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks"
Moab, UT - Hiking - 3 miles Best Trail in ut - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Observation Point (Zion National Park)


This popular trail offers a long and steep climb from the floor of Zion Canyon to the rimrock that soars high above it. There are excellent views all along the way, featuring the lower reaches of Zi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks"
Springdale, UT - Hiking - 8 miles Best Trail in ut - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Mount Timpanogos


Mount Timpanogos (pronounced Timp-an-oh-gus) looms large, dominating the eastern skyline of Utah Valley. At the base of the final ridge the Timpanooke Trail joins in from the right (north), then the t…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in Utah"
Orem, UT - Hiking - 16.6 miles Best Trail in ut - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#9. Peek-a-boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Gulches


Spooky Gulch narrows very quickly, alternating between tight narrows and short open sections of sandy washbed. Shortly after entering, the walls close in so tightly that you’ll need to remove your pac…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in Utah"
Escalante, UT - Hiking - 14 miles Best Trail in ut - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#10. Doughnut Falls


This popular local hike features an intriguing waterfall that plunges dramatically through a hole in the rock before cascading down the rocky drainage below. This short, refreshing hike skirts the Mil…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Salt Lake City"
Salt Lake City, UT - Hiking - 1.4 miles Best Trail in ut - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Zion Narrows Trail


This is probably the best known hike in Utah. The watery North Fork Virgin River Canyon offers a welcome respite from Southern Utah’s hot summer weather, and the scenery within the canyon is truly spe…
From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Cedar City, UT - Hiking - 17.3 miles Best Trail in ut - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rincon Publishing

#12. Bell and Little Wild Horse Canyons Loop


These canyons are located near Goblin Valley State Park in the San Rafael Swell, a large section of desert uplands formed when the earth’s crust swelled and broke open like a bubble bursting. The upwa…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in Utah"
Green River, UT - Hiking - 8.5 miles Best Trail in ut - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. Balanced Rock: Arches National Park


A very easy walk to the base of a fragile, picturesque rock formation. This is a short hike, perfect for travelers who would like to stretch their legs without working up a big sweat. You can see Ba…
From the guidebook "Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks"
Moab, UT - Hiking - 0.3 mile Best Trail in ut - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Devils Garden Loop


You’ll have a lot of company on this trail, especially in the spring and fall. In summer it’s unbearably hot—actually dangerous if you’re unprepared. Winter’s cold drives away most casual hikers, offe…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in Utah"
Moab, UT - Hiking - 8 miles Best Trail in ut - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#15. Uinta Mountains - North Campgrounds


The Uinta Mountains - North area is, well, chock-full of mountains. Of course, if you spend time in the place, you’ll find that the region is more than just mountains. It’s an area of unique diversity…
From the guidebook "Camping Utah"
Kamas, UT - Campgrounds
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Arches National Park Trails


Arches National Park is located 5 miles north of Moab. Of the five national parks in Utah, Arches is the one most dominated by domesticated “frontcountry.” Nevertheless, park administrators now estima…
From the guidebook "Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide"
Moab, UT - Hiking - 5.3 miles
Published by Westcliffe Publishers

#17. La Verkin Creek (Zion National Park)


A short backpack up La Verkin Creek to Kolob Arch. This is the only trail suitable for backpacking in the Kolob Canyons area, and it provides access to Willis Creek and the Hop Valley for more extende…
From the guidebook "Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks"
New Harmony, UT - Hiking - 6.9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Adams Canyon


From the valley floor, Adams Canyon appears no different from any other ordinary canyon along the Wasatch Front. But once inside, you’ll find a deep canyon filled with white fir, a tumbling creek, and…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City"
Kaysville, UT - Hiking - 3.6 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#19. Willis Creek Narrows


On this fine short hike there is no particular destination other than the narrows of Willis Creek. Go as far as you wish; you will find the best narrows along the first 1.3 miles.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region"
Cannonville, UT - Hiking - 4.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Clyde Lake Trail


There are literally thousands of mountain lakes in and around the High Uintas. On the 55-square-mile Mirror Lake Quadrangle map alone there are 72 named lakes and several hundred unnamed ones. It is a…
From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Kamas, UT - Hiking - 5.7 miles
Published by Rincon Publishing