With five national parks, nine million acres of national forest and millions of acres belonging to the national monuments and national recreation areas, Utah offers unbelievable choices for all outdoor activities – including hiking.

Take a look at these hikes that allow you to explore the state’s terrain one step at a time.

 

Moab

Perfect photo of Delicate Arch, Arches National Park with sun shining in the sky.

Fall is the best season for hiking this Jurassic landscape where you will encounter a beautiful desolation in redrock country. The town’s two national parks and 3,000 additional square miles make this destination a must for your hiking escapade.

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San Rafael Swell

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If you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, then check out the San Rafael Swell for hiking trails that aren’t overrun by enthusiasts. Trails here range from mild kid-friendly to intense mega-adventures.

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef's Scenic Byway leads to historic Fruita

Hiking with llamas? At Capitol Reef National Park, you can partake in an unforgettable adventure across the Capitol Reef area with a llama companion. Whether it’s a day hike, overnight or multi-day trek, the Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas are there to help you explore the terrain in the best way.

 

Bryce Canyon

View over the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, USA

With spectacular canyon rim views and amazing hoodoos and other interesting formations, Bryce Canyon National Park provides a galore of sights for any hiker to become mesmerized in. Here are our favorite hikes in the park:

  • Rim Trail – a decent-sized, but fairly easy hike – with less than 200 feet of elevation gain – that spans the rim of the amphitheater.
  • Mossy Cave Trail – located in the northern end of the park, the trail offers hikers the change to experience the hoodoos and spires of the park from an up-close angle.
  • Navajo Loop Trail – the most popular trail in Bryce Canyon National Park, the Navajo Loop Trail takes visitors down the rim from Sunset Point to various spectacular trails around the park.

 

Ben Lomond Peak

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At 9,712 feet, Ben Lomond is the highest peak overlooking the Ogden area. From the summit, the Wasatch Range can be seen stretching 100 miles from the Idaho border to Salt Lake City. You also have great views over the Great Salt Lake.