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.
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.