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Utah

From its expanses of iconic desert playgrounds to its towering Wasatch Range, Utah is home to every type of outdoor adventure you can imagine. Locals and visitors alike are spoiled with convenient access to world-class winter and summer time activities and lodging.

Top Spots in and near Utah

  • Springdale, Utah

    The Narrows, Zion NP

    4.9
    9.73 mi
    Hiking the narrows in Zion National Park is one of my favorite hikes and something I return for almost every year, I can still remember my first visit as a kid. There's no other place like it in the National Park system and the stunning beauty of its towering walls and vibrant river make it a top...
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  • Utah County, Utah

    Diamond Fork (Fifth Water) Hot Springs

    4.2
    4.63 mi / 663 ft gain
    When you hike out to Diamond Fork aka Fifth Water hot springs, get ready for an amazing experience! The lower fall is visible from the main pool. If you want to continue to go further up the creek, you will run into the second fall, which is the most photogenic of them all. There are also two poo...
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  • Springdale, Utah

    Angels Landing

    4.7
    4.24 mi / 1488 ft gain
    Angels Landing has long been one of my favorite Zion National Park hikes. The hike is thrilling, extremely photogenic, and appeals to those who enjoy exchanging leg power for views. The hike to the top isn't long, 2+ miles, but you'll definitely feel the 1500 feet of gain! The trail features a mo...
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  • Virgin, Utah

    The Subway - Bottom Up

    4.9
    6.82 mi / 2359 ft gain
    Start your day early at the Left Fork Trailhead on Kolob Terrace Road from the town of Virgin outside Zion National Park. This 6.5 mile out and back hike will take you to one of the most beautiful features in Zion National Park: The Subway. You'll start with a steep descent into the canyon. This ...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Donut Falls

    4.1
    1.53 mi / 413 ft gain
    The Trail Follow the trail for just a little bit and when it forks, stay to the left and you will arrive to Donut Falls. Once at the waterfall, climb up the rocks to get to the cave at the top, which is not visible from the bottom. To take pictures inside of the cave, you will most likely get yo...
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  • Sandy, Utah

    White Pine Lake

    4.5
    9.97 mi / 2917 ft gain
    Just about 5 miles (2-2.5 hrs) from the trailhead, you will find the beautiful White Pine Lake where the water is an intense blue color. It's an amazing place for photos and just hanging out on a summer or fall afternoon. Along the way you will have great views of mountains of all colors, beautif...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Upper Emerald Pool

    4.3
    2.92 mi / 600 ft gain
    Start this trail walking across the bridge over the Virgin River into the start of the trails that lead to the pools. The path takes you through the bottoms of the water falls and you see them falling over the rocks above you. Though this sight may be totally awesome, be careful as you walk alo...
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  • Springdale, Utah

    Hike Many Pools

    4.6
    2 mi
    To get there, drive about .8 miles east of the smaller tunnel on the Zion-Mt. Carmel highway. There will be a place to pull out and park on a large turn. Continue walking down the road about 150 yards east and cross the street before the next turn. There is no marked trail, but there should be a ...
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  • Provo, Utah

    Silver Lake

    4.4
    4.4 mi / 1365 ft gain
    The trail is 4.4 miles roundtrip gaining almost 1,500 feet for the duration of the adventure. Some parts are exposed, so you can get a fair amount of sun. When you're on the trail, you'll get amazing views as you’re hiking to the lake of Mount Timpanogos and American Fork Canyon. This is followed...
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  • Springdale, Utah

    The Subway - Top-Down

    5.0
    7.78 mi
    The Subway (rated 3B III), also known as the Left Fork of the North Creek, is the most popular backcountry hike in Zion. It is one of the most diverse and beautiful canyons, as well as a fun and challenging day trip canyoneering adventure. There are two ways to explore the Subway: from the botto...
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  • Sandy, Utah

    Bell Canyon's Waterfall

    4.6
    4.64 mi / 1549 ft gain
    If you keep a steady pace, the hike takes about an hour each way, so allow time when trying to catch the sunset. The hike is pretty easy until right before you reach the falls, where there is a big, steep hill you have to climb. From the parking lot/trailhead, head up the path and head left when...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Pine Creek Bridge

    4.4
    1.46 mi / 69 ft gain
    The view of the Watchman from Canyon Junction Bridge was formerly one of the most highly photographed views in Zion National Park. Per Zion National Park regulations, standing on the Canyon Junction Bridge for photographs is not permitted. Your best alternative is Pine Creek Bridge, a pedestrian ...
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  • Salt Lake County, Utah

    Lake Blanche Trail

    4.5
    6.76 mi / 2766 ft gain
    The hike is only 6 miles roundtrip, but it's pretty steep the whole way. It will take about 1.5 - 2 hrs to get up and about 45 min - 1hr to get back down. This can be longer depending on weather conditions and if you choose to loop the lake. At the Mills B Trailhead, you will head to the far end ...
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  • Springdale, Utah

    Hike Observation Point

    5.0
    6.8 mi / 2100 ft gain
    This is the best trail in Zion Canyon to beat the crowds while experiencing the awe and wonder it has to offer. We take this trail every time we visit Zion and never tire of it. It is an 8 mile out and back hike that takes you up, up, up then down, down, down. Be prepared to get your heart going!...
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  • Sandy, Utah

    Red Pine Lake Trail

    5.0
    6.94 mi / 1995 ft gain
    Red Pine Lake, located in Red Pine Fork of the Wasatch Mountains, is one of the premier hiking and backpacking destinations in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Red Pine Fork is sandwiched in between White Pine Fork and Maybird Gulch to the east and west, respectively. All three are accessed via the Whit...
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  • Kanarraville, Utah

    Kanarra Falls via Kanarraville Slot Canyon

    4.7
    3.6 mi / 732 ft gain
    Kanarra Falls is a gem of a hike that takes you into the Kanarraville slot canyons in southern Utah and the infamous Kanarra Falls. After hiking half a mile or so from the parking lot on a fairly open trail the canyon slots up. This is where the fun begins. Here you will have to walk through the ...
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Camping and Lodging in Utah

Maple Grove
Scipio, Utah

Maple Grove

Dripping Springs Campground (Ut)
Dutch John, Utah

Dripping Springs Campground (Ut)

Mustang Ridge Campground
Dutch John, Utah

Mustang Ridge Campground

Soldier Creek
Heber City, Utah

Soldier Creek

Family Units
Bullfrog Marina

Family Units

From $269 / night

Buckboard
Monticello, Utah

Buckboard

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