5 Badass Backpacking Trips in Southern Utah

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Southern Utah is one of the most enchanting places on the planet, sitting directly at the crossroads of desolation and flourishing life.

There's no better way to find out what you're made of than by spending a few nights deep in the high desert backcountry, traversing from cool, water-filled slot canyons to the ultimate exposure of sandstone trails baking under the sun. If you can push yourself through these adventures, you'll be rewarded with an unforgettable experience. Most of these backpacking trips cover 20+ miles of this stunning terrain, so if you're up for a challenge, read on and start making your plans.

1. Backpack the Trans-Zion Trek


Photo: Mike Quine

2. Backpack Reflection Canyon


Photo: Kathleen Buenviaje

3. Backpack Great Gulch: Kane Gulch to Bullet Canyon


Photo: Ian Glass

4. Backpack to Joint Trail in Canyonlands Needles District


Photo: Jonathon Reed

5. Backpack death Hollow in Grand Staircase-Escalante


Photo: Brandon Jett

Cover photo: Kathleen Buenviaje

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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