Featured HIKING TRAILS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
North of Vernal and south of Manila in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, the Dowd Mountain Loop is an 11 mile route combining old roads with trails to the Dowd Mountain Overlook through pinon and juniper. The hiking trail leads to a breathtaking over look of Flaming Gorge, including views of the western portion of the lake.
Northeast of Kamas and south of Evanston, the Lily Lake Trail System is a multi-use trail system that are ideal for hiking and backpacking. There are four yurts that are open year-round on this trail system.
Southeast of Green River, the Goblin Vallley State Park has a variety of short trails through red rock hoodoos. The rock formations are in a series of three valleys heading away from the main parking area. The valley floor where the rock formations are located are very flat and easily accessible for families. This is mainly an open hiking area without marked trails.
Southeast of Salt Lake City and Spanish Fork in the Unita National Forest, the Fifth Water Trail (#015) is a 9.3 mile hiking route through a sage brush canyon. The route is divided into two sections: the lower section and the upper section. The lower trail is 4.7 miles and is shared with hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Although, it is very popular with hikers using the trail to access hot springs at the two mile point from the southern end.