Best Utah Hiking Trails

Utah has 37 hikes.

  June 1, 2019

Located in the US, the hiking in Utah offers over thirty trail routes from which to choose. The best Utah hiking based on popularity are considered to be Escalante River Trail, Fierry Furnace, Lower Calf Creek Falls, Narrows Trail, and Hackberry Canyon. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Utah hiking trail below.

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FEATURED:  Escalante River Trail


  July 6, 2016

Running through Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the hike along the Escalante River Trail from Harris Wash to Lake Powell is an intro to dramatic red rock country. It passes through an area of slot canyons, arches, and hanging waterfalls. This 66-mile hike starts at Harris Wash and heads ten miles into the Escalante Gorge.

FEATURED:  Fierry Furnace

  Moab, Utah

  May 31, 2019

North of Moab, the 76,500 acre Arches National Park has numerous trails around the thousands of natural red sandstone arches. A majority of the trails off the main park roads are relatively short, but incredibly scenic. The trails and related trailhead parking areas are usually quite crowded throughout the day, especially on weekends in the Spring and Fall.

FEATURED:  Orderville Canyon

  Zion National Park, Utah

  May 9, 2017

Northeast of St. George and Springdale in the Zion National Park, the Orderville Canyon hiking trek is a 12 mile route through 3 foot wide slot canyon. Start upstream off North Fork Road and head downstream to the Virgin Narrows River Trail. This is a very difficult route requiring climbing equipment to descend numerous high drops.

FEATURED:  Petes Hole / Josephite Point Trail


  August 15, 2016

Southeast of Price, the Petes Hole / Josephite Point Trail is a 28 mile hiking route in the Manti-Lasal National Forest. The Josephite Point Trail section is relatively flat and traverses Josephite Point Bench for 7.5 miles at 9,000 feet.

FEATURED:  Virgin River Rim Trail


  April 4, 2018

Southeast of Cedar City in the Dixie National Forest, the 20 mile Virgin River Rim Trail is a narrow ridgeline route along the Pink Cliffs. The hiking trail also passes through lush alpine forest.

FEATURED:  Escalante River Trail

  Escalante, Utah

  June 27, 2016

Starting in Escalante in the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, the Escalante River Trail runs 70+ miles from town east and southeast to Glen Canyon. The best trailhead is located just east of Escalante.

FEATURED:  Angels Landing Trail

  Zion National Park, Utah

  June 9, 2017

Northeast of St. George and Springdale in the Zion National Park, the Angels Landing Trail is a 5.4 mile trail that is quite popular with the locals. It is highly recommended to hike the Angels Landing Trail first thing in the morning to avoid the heat and crowds.

FEATURED:  Highline Trail


  August 1, 2016

Northwest of Vernal in the Ashley National Forest, the Highline Trail is a well-marked and heavily used 80+ mile hiking route. The western terminus is northwest of Roosevelt. The eastern terminus is north of Vernal on US191.

FEATURED:  Bryce Canyon National Park

  Bryce Canyon, Utah

  July 12, 2016

In the scenic Bryce Canyon National Park, the Rim Trail is a 11 mile hiking route (one-way) overlooking the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. The Fairyland Loop runs from Fairyland Point in the north to Bryce Point in the south. It is paved between Sunrise Point and Sunset Point. It is an easy route with only 550 feet of vertical, but keep in mind that the base altitude is over 9,000 feet.

FEATURED:  Antelope Island State Park


  July 29, 2016

North of Salt Lake City near Syracuse, the 28,000 acre Antelope Island State Park has 35 miles of trails. The White Rock Bay Loop (7.5 mi.) is a great starting point for exploring this sanctuary for antelope, buffalo and other game. Split Rock Bay is trail is a 5 mile loop of single track which consists of a short climb and dramatic descent to a pristine white sandy beach.