Spring is right around the corner and Utah is great for spring hiking. DocuMart Salt Lake City came up with the Top 10 Utah Hikes for Spring 2017. Our beautiful state offers vistas, gorges, lakes and arches. What if your favorite Utah hiking destination?
Nestled in the Northwest corner of Utah, Zion National Park can be found between Dixie National Forest and Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. With hiking trails in a variety of difficulty levels, Zion National Park is the perfect Utah destination for outdoor enthusiasts of any skill level.
If spectacular hoodoo formations are what you’re looking for, Bryce Canyon National Park delivers. These free standing spires can be up to 150 feet tall. Hiking the rim of Bryce Canyon has views for hundreds of miles and hiking down in the basin among the hoodoos offers an up close and person look at these unique rocks.
In east Utah, close to the Colorado border, you’ll find Arches National Park. Known as the “holey land” Arches National Park is renowned for their natural bridges and arches. These impressive giants are reachable by hiking into the park and many can be reached within hours.
Southwest of Arches National Park, Canyonlands is 527 square miles of canyons boasting sheer drop-offs and only majestic gorges. From AllTrails.com: “This landscape was eroded into canyons, buttes, and mesas by the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries. The park is divided into four districts by the rivers. There are rock pinnacles and other naturally sculpted rock, as well as artifacts from Ancient Pueblo Peoples.” Hikers have warned that Canyonlands National Park is largely for experienced hikers.
Scenic volcanic cones, sand dunes and sandstone cliffs, Snow Canyon State Park has been the backdrop for movies like The Electric Horseman and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Mostly easy and moderate hikes, Snow Canyon State Park is great for families.
Monument Valley is remote. Close to Four Corners, Monument Valley is on a Hopi Reservation at the border of Utah and Arizona. Known as “A minimalist look at the American Southwest”, Monument Valley consists of looming rocks (monuments) and sandy desert. With more easy hikes, this destination is easy to traverse.
Our first forest on the list, Dixie National Forest consists of hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and backpacking. From meadows to mountain lakes, Dixie National Forest has something for everyone.
Towering over Lake Powell is Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The hiking in Glen Canyon isn’t for the faint of heart. With narrow crevices and steep terrain, Glen Canyon is best for seasoned hikers.
Cedar Breaks offers hikes for those of all skill levels. At more than 10,000 feet, Cedar Breaks looks down onto a half-mile deep natural amphitheater. The easiest hiking trail is one-mile and offers scenic views of the amphitheater. Other hikes offer forest views, wild flower valleys and ponds.
Known for their overlook points, Dead Horse Point State Park offers five distinct views which can be found by a moderate hike. Just watch out for desert potholes on your way.
If you plan on visiting any of our Top 10 Utah Hikes for Spring 2017, let us know!
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