Arches National Park is a very popular park with some of the most impressive rock formations in the world. There are several hiking trails available and many of the formations can be seen from the car or from parking areas. This was my first stop on my Utah Hiking trip and it was simply unbelievable.
Bryce Canyon is another of the very popular national parks in Utah. The hoodoos that call this park home are like walking through an ancient city just waiting to be explored. One of my favorite times in all of my Utah Hiking trips was seeing the sunrise over the Queen Garden.
Canyonlands National Park is enormous. I almost think that it was bigger than the Grand Canyon and just as scenic! There was so much to do at this park that I didn’t even know where to begin. Except the sunrise at Mesa Arch was a perfect start. I did a lot of Canyonlands from the car because of the sheer size of it and how spread out it is. I did manage a few hikes though!
I thought Capitol Reef was the most underrated park I visited in my entire trip of Utah hiking. The park isn’t quite as busy as some of the others but still plenty of people. What made it special was that in the middle of this red and white rock there was an orchard and stream! Plus, it still had all the rock formations you could ask for just in a smaller scale.
The Little Wildhorse canyon was the most intense slot canyon that I tried during my time of Utah Hiking. I say tried because I didn’t make it to far into the canyon before my nerves got the best of me.
Even some of the more remote area’s of Utah can provide some historical perspective. While I was driving across the state I saw a sign on the side of the road for Butch Cassidy’s childhood home. While it wasn’t a hike it was still a nice piece of Americana.