Here in Utah, we have some of the very best hiking trails in the country. Utahns enjoy hundreds of hiking trails — we certainly have no shortage of beautiful vistas, aspen-lined trails, and clear mountain air. But many of Utah’s hikes are admittedly more difficult, climbing hundreds of feet in elevation and for advanced hikers only. But not all. We’ve chosen the following hikes that are suitable for beginners and families; these hikes are so easy your grandma can come along! (And we mean that with the upmost respect, because Utah grandmas are a tough bunch!) These Utah hikes will let you see some of the most beautiful places in The Beehive State:
Even though these hikes are all very short and easy, don’t forget that you’re still heading off into the Utah wilderness. Take along plenty of water, some snacks, a jacket and some sunscreen. The elevation may be challenging for out-of-state visitors and those with breathing or heart problems.
For more beautiful (and accessible) Utah hikes, be sure to check out this hiking bucket list, featuring 15 of the most gorgeous, must-take hikes in the state!
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Address: Riverside Walk, Utah 84767, USA
Address: Emerald Pools Trail, Utah 84737, USA
Address: Grotto Falls Trail, Utah 84651, USA
Address: 8073 Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Brighton, UT 84121, USA
Address: Mossy Cave Trail, Utah, USA
Address: Tony Grove Lake, Utah 84333, USA
Address: Dry Fork Canyon, Utah 84532, USA
Address: Big Cottonwood Canyon, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121, USA
Address: Moab, UT 84532, USA
Address: Cascade Springs, Cascade Scenic Dr, Provo, UT 84604, USA
Address: Birdsong Terrace, Spencerport, NY 14559, USA
Address: Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah 84092, USA
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February 09, 2021
Does Utah have any trails for more experienced hikers?
While Utah has some of the most accessible hiking trails in the country, there are some that are best reserved for more experienced hikers. At the top of the list is Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park. This iconic adventure features narrow ledges and major drop-offs, and it’s most definitely not for everyone. Only technically advanced hikers should consider this difficult trail. But those who embark on this adventure will be rewarded with spectacular views of the park, and the view from the pinnacle of Angel’s Landing truly compares to none other in the area.
What are the best parks in Utah?
Utah is the state with some of the best parks in the nation. From our world-famous national parks to an impressive state park system, there’s simply no shortage of recreational opportunity here in the Beehive State. If you’re looking for the best parks in Utah, you can start with any of the following destinations: Zion National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Snow Canyon State Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Sand Hollow State Park, Goosenecks State Park, Natural Bridge National Monument, and Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.
What kind of outdoor recreation is popular in Utah?
If it's outdoor adventure you're seeking, Utah is *the* place for you. Utah truly has some of the best outdoor recreation in the country -- and we don't just throw superlatives around. In 2019, Trover.com and Eddie Bauer ranked two of Utah's parks in the top three in the country. (Wondering which Utah state parks made the list? Arches National Park and Zion National Park -- and we couldn't agree more.) Within Utah's incredible parks, there are endless opportunities for camping, skiing, rock climbing, hiking, trail running, rock climbing, and mountain biking. The Beehive State is best experienced outdoors!
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Writer, editor and researcher with a passion for exploring new places. Catherine loves local bookstores, independent films, and spending time with her family, including Gus the golden retriever, who is a very good boy.