Everyone who lives in Utah knows just how beautiful and diverse our terrain is. Between deserts, forests, mountain peaks, and canyons, there really isn’t anything Utah doesn’t have to offer. Well, besides the ocean, of course.
It’s for this very reason that so many residents of Utah spend so much time outdoors when the weather is cooperating. And since it’s springtime, just one of the best times to be outdoors, we thought to put together some of the best top-ranking hiking trails so that you and your family can spend some quality time in nature this season.
1) The Narrows in Zion National Park
This trek will take you along the Virgin River. Between literally walking through water to the amazing sky-rocketing canyons, there is nothing you won’t enjoy about this hike. You can make it a 6-8 mile round trip hike or you can double back the way you came. It truly is a monumental hike that you will absolutely want to bring your camera for.
2) Angels Landing in Zion National Park
If you’re afraid of heights, this may not be the best trail for you. But, if you’re a fan of breathtaking views and putting a little muscle into your hikes, we invite you to give this a shot. The view from the lookout will be well worth the work. Grueling switchbacks will lead you to portions that have chain handrails so you have a little support. Shear drop-offs may make you a little woozy, but it’s well worth it once you get to the lookout at Angels Landing. Outstanding.
3) Lower Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
This is a relatively easy trail to trek, only being six miles round trip. You are awarded, though, a spectacular assuage from the heat as you come across 130 foot waterfall that spill over a sandstone cliff. The pool of clear water will be a welcome relief if you decide to hike this trail during the summer, as it can get especially warm.
4) Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
This iconic arch isn’t all that hard to get to. The three mile round trip hike doesn’t have any short cuts and is bathed in sun for almost the entire trip, so make sure to bring your water bottle. Direct sun aside, once you reach the famous arch, you will be reaching for your camera because the views are out of this world.
5) Fairyland Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park
This eight mile trail isn’t as crowed as some of the others here in Utah, and it’s for that reason why we love it. The towering hoodoos are a sight for sore eyes, not to mention the amazing ridges and canyons you will trek through. This trail also gives you access to the beautiful China Wall as well as the Tower Bridge, two fantastic rock formations that will knock your socks off.
Allow us to list just a few more trails that we feel are noteworthy:
– Queen’s Garden/Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park
– Chester Park Loop/Joint Trail in Canyonlands National Park
– Coyote Gulch in Escalante Grand-Staircase National Monument
– Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park