1. Emerald Pools, Zion National Park
This trail includes three pools, each a little more difficult than the last. The lower emerald pool trail is paved. Climb about 200 feet farther to the middle pool. Another, more strenuous 200-foot climb takes you to the upper pool. Stay behind the chains and signs at the middle and upper pools - hikers have fallen to their deaths by ignoring the safety features.
2. The Living Room, Foothills Above Salt Lake City
The living room is an area where stones have been stacked and rearranged to act as sofas and chair for tired hikers to relax and enjoy the view. The trailhead starts near the Natural History Museum of Utah. It’s about 4 miles out and back.
3. Balanced Rock Trail, Arches National Park
This short, easy hike is just .3 miles round-trip. Balanced rock is pretty cool - the rock that’s balanced on top is the size of three buses! Find the trailhead from the Arches entrance road.
4. Coyote Gulch
This is a more difficult, 11-mile-long hike that will take you past several gorgeous arches, some wetlands, and the Escalante River. Start your hike from the water tanks, about four miles up Fortymile Ridge Road in Escalante.
5. Petrified Dunes Trail, Snow Canyon State Park
Once these dunes were flowing sand...now they’re petrified. The trail starts at Snow Canyon Drive; it’s about 1 mile round-trip, and only moderately strenuous.
6. Donut Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon
When it’s hot outside, a hike that rewards you with a waterfall and cold, clear pools is just what you need! Take the Mill D trailhead, about nine miles up the canyon. You’ll find the Donut Falls trailhead just past the picnic area. The hike is about 3.5 miles round-trip.
7. Queens Garden Loop, Bryce Canyon National Park
The Queens Garden Loop starts from the top of the amphitheater, and takes you 800 feet down into the canyon. This hike is full of hoodoos and interesting sandstone formations. The trailhead starts at Sunrise Point. You’ll travel 1.8 miles round-trip.
8. Waterfall Canyon, Ogden
This hike is short, but requires some scrambling over boulders. At the end, you’ll find this magnificent waterfall. You might be tempted to climb the boulders to the top of the fall, but please don’t. It’s not only illegal, it’s highly dangerous - hikers have fallen to their deaths here. The trailhead starts at the top of 29th Street.
9. Chimney Rock Trail, Capitol Reef National Park
This trail leads you along the edge of Waterpocket Fold to Chimney Rock. It’s about 3.5 miles round-trip. Find the trailhead at Highway 24.
10. Hickman Bridge, Capitol Reef National Park
This is a super easy, 2 mile round-trip hike to a really cool, lesser-known natural bridge. You’ll also see a granary, Fremont pit house and a smaller arch. Take the trailhead from the parking lot off Highway 24.