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A Hiker’s Paradise
Home to some of the world’s best rock climbing, mountain biking, paddling, and hiking, Southern Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the most stunning—and most fragile—examples of natural splendor on the planet. Set out on the Rim Trail, a moderate 5.5 mile out-and-back trail, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular view into the Main Amphitheatre of the canyon.
Around each sculpted sandstone mesa in Utah, adventure and life-changing experiences await. Wide-open spaces and postcard-worthy scenery earn the state’s well-deserved reputation as a global capital of outdoor recreation—where self-discovery is as common as the stars that canopy the desert skies at night. The transformative moments that this place provides also reveal its fragility, making responsible travel essential. Explore the map to discover how to have an inspiring trip that keeps Utah Forever Mighty too.
Outfitter of the Old West
Visit Ruby’s Inn General Store for all of your camping and food supplies (and to pick up a few souvenirs). The century-old Ruby’s includes a hotel, diner, and restaurant, as well as guides and activities.
Bryce Canyon National Park
An Immersive Stay
Pitch a tent at sites available at the trailhead of the hike to have a deeper experience here. If you’re planning on camping, try to arrive early in the day to claim your spot. As a courtesy to the land and fellow hikers, stick to the path when hiking to the falls.
Hike to a Refreshing Payoff
Traverse a winding red sand path to a 126-foot waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation; then cool off in the chilly blue waters before warming up in the sun on Utah’s famed red rocks. Try to visit during off-peak times as this is a very popular hike and parking is limited.
Lower Calf Creek Falls
Responsible Travel Tips
Respecting local traditions, people, and the land means you can have great experiences that leave you feeling great about your impact too. Practice Leave No Trace, avoid over-trafficked areas, and recreate responsibly, whether on foot, bike or OHV (off-highway vehicle). And always try to get an early start on the day—you’ll catch beautiful sunrises and tranquil moments and avoid lineups at the park entry.
Arches’ Hidden Gem
Load up your pack with all of your hiking essentials for the day (including lunch) and hit the road before sunrise for a serene experience of some of the most majestic landscapes in the world. One of Arches National Park’s least-visited trails, The Devils Garden Primitive Loop is among the most beautiful hikes in the area.
Arches National Park
The Canyonlands’ Oasis
The placid waters of the San Juan River flow through Bluff, Utah, situated between the steep sides of the sandstone canyon. Check out Ancestral Puebloan art right in town at Sand Island where ancient petroglyphs line soft sandstone walls.
A Bird’s-Eye View
The Needles Overlook offers a view into the vast Canyonlands that throws into relief the sheer expanse and amount of time you could spend exploring this rugged region. Named for the colorful sandstone spires that jut out of the landscape, its long trails and thin crowds make it popular with backpackers.
Canyonlands National Park
Souvenirs with a Story
Support the local community here by saving time for a shopping destination near Valley of the Gods, Twin Rocks Trading Post in Bluff, Utah. Renowned for the quality and craftsmanship of its Navajo art, the shop stocks some of the best turquoise jewelry and gems; Navajo jewelry, rugs, and baskets; Hopi and Zuni jewelry; and carvings in the region.
Scenic and Wild
Valley of the Gods, one of the most scenic and sparsely visited destinations in Southern Utah, has no established trails to hike, but there’s plenty to explore. Wander (safely and respectfully) toward whatever captures your attention. Expect tall, red mesas and dramatic spires jutting up from the valley floor. The otherworldly sandstone formations here are nowhere else to be found in the area.
Valley of The Gods
Immerse Yourself in Slot Canyons
Capitol Reef is famous for its slot canyon hiking, long winding canyons that narrow and widen with ornate sandstone formations and a rich array of plants and wildlife. For a challenging but rewarding hike, head to the Sheets Gulch Slot Canyon. For a shorter hike with a similarly remarkable slot canyon experience, try the Burro Wash Slot Canyon. The canyon starts wide and narrows all the way to shoulder-width passage. Before hiking any slot canyon, check the weather as even a small amount of rain can create dangerous flash floods. Check at the visitor center for expert advice on when and where to hike.
Capitol Scenic Drive
This 16-mile out-and-back drive into the park offers a relaxing, scenic survey of the canyons and red rock formations that fill this wild area. Expect the drive to take about 90 minutes but give yourself plenty of time to pull off and hike whenever inspiration strikes. Pack plenty of water, food, and sun protection if you’re venturing out on the trail.
Capitol Reef National Park
An Unrivaled Campsite
Set in the middle of the canyon walls and visible from the Wedge Overlook, the sites for camping at Buckhorn Draw Road are well-positioned for some of the most bright and brilliant stargazing. Expect wide-open skies and wildflower blooms in the spring and summer. To do your part to preserve this gorgeous area, stick to existing sites, and when primitive camping on public lands, pack out everything you pack in.
The Wedge Overlook Trail
The San Rafael Swell is a 75-by-40-mile dome of rock that’s been shaped into a winding maze of valleys, canyons, buttes, and mesas by some 60 million years of flash flooding. The best way to appreciate the scale of this incredible place is the via the Wedge Overlook Trail by hiking or mountain bike. You’ll enjoy a complete view of the 14-mile-long, sandstone-carved Little Grand Canyon.
The Wedge Overlook
The Watchman Trail
Located near the park’s south entrance, The Watchman Trail delivers views of the Virgin River and Springdale as you hike amid fragrant piñon and juniper. This hike often gets passed up by visitors, but the scenery rivals the park’s more famous hikes.
Ride the shuttle from the town of Springdale to the last stop: The Temple of Sinawava, where you’ll be immersed in a towering Navajo sandstone amphitheater amid the Virgin River. Get a taste for hiking The Narrows, the slot canyons amid the North Fork of the Virgin River. As one of the park’s most popular destinations, consider visiting early in the morning, or just be prepared to share this remarkable experience with fellow travelers. Be patient and courteous, practice Leave No Trace principles, and pay attention to flash flood warnings.
Zion National Park
A Desert Dining Destination
Just outside the park lies the town of Kanab, Utah, home to a thriving dining scene. Local favorite the Rocking V Cafe, offers gourmet fare in a casual environment with its own attached art gallery. You can also try Sego’s ever-changing menu of New American cuisine, while Vermillion 45 serves a unique mix of homestyle French-Belgian-Italian dishes.
Ride the Dunes
The coral-hued sands at this park constantly shift and reform. Book a guided tour via all-terrain vehicle where you’ll bound over dunes and through backcountry trails.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park