Incredible Hiking Trails in Utah to Visit

If there’s a reason to dislike hiking, you haven’t heard one that makes sense.

Who wouldn’t want to get some fresh air and exercise while they take in breath-taking scenery at the same time?  

There are so many hiking benefits that’s it’s hard to believe that more people don’t do it.

There are some states that are known for their trails, and Utah may be one of the most popular destinations for hikers.

The best hiking trails in Utah

Whether you want to see desert landscapes or verdant valleys, Utah is the right place.

There are trails that can appeal to beginners, advanced hikers, and everything in between.

If you want to visit Utah for a hike, check out any of these great destinations.

Red Cliffs Recreation Area Nature Trail

If you need a trail that’s ideal for beginners and families, look no further than the Red Cliffs Recreation Area Nature Trail.

The red sandstone that makes up the cliffs paired with the natural clear blue streams that run throughout the area will be the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities.

The hike is very gentle and only lasts for about a mile.  Towards the end, you’ll see a beautiful waterfall and small lake.

Ruth Lake

Have you always wanted to see the Uinta Mountains?  If so, take a hike to Ruth Lake!

The trail is a few miles long but isn’t challenging and can be done by families.  

The actual lake is beautiful, but more people come to get a good look at the nearby Unita Mountains.  

Corona Arch

Are you ready for a more challenging trail, but also want to hike something that’s still family friendly? If you’re ready to up your hiking game, take a trip to Corona Arch.  

Because Arches Nation Park is so close by this hike tends to not get a lot of attention. But Corona Arch is just as exciting, and usually isn’t as crowded.

There are plenty of exciting inclines in this hike, and you’ll have to climb a ladder so you can get to the top of the arch and see everything it has to offer.

It’s important to note that this trail may be best to take in the early morning hours.  There’s little shade in the area and the sun can get intense in the afternoon.

Observation Point 

Do you want a challenging hike that will give you a breathtaking view at the end? Then you should consider hiking to Observation Point.

This 8-mile round trip hike isn’t for beginners, and you should be prepared for steep inclines at some point.  But the end will be worth it.

When you get to the summit at Angel’s Landing you’ll have a bird’s eye view of Zion Cannon.

Temple Quarry 

Temple Quarry is one of the best hiking trails in Utah for families.  It’s short, safe, and there’s a lot to explore.

This little hike is located at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and is both wheelchair and stroller accessible.  

You’ll see beautiful mountains throughout the year, and in the fall you’ll have access to some of the best displays of leaves in the state.

Bonus: Buckskin Gulch

Buckskin Gulch is one of the most notoriously difficult hiking trails in Utah.  This hike was named one of the

The hike was named one of the 10 most dangerous in America.  It’s definitely isn’t for beginners or even moderate hikers, this is a trail that’s for experts only.

Buckskin Gulch is a narrow slot canyon that goes on for a little more than 21 miles, and in some areas is no wider than 6 feet across.

It may be challenging, but being able to say that you hiked one of the most dangerous trails in America can be exciting.

Did we leave one of your favorite hiking trails in Utah off the list?  Tell us and our readers about it in the comments section!

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