Utah

Looking for the best chillin in Utah? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Utah. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top Chillin Spots in and near Utah

  • Provo, Utah

    Cascade Springs

    4.7
    0.61 mi / 98 ft gain
    One of the most photogenic spots of the Timpanogos Canyon. If you take the Alpine loop you will see a sign to turn off and go to Cascade Springs. It's about a 15 minute drive from there. The parking lot is right next to the springs. The best time to go is during the fall when the leaves are chang...
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  • Kamas, Utah

    Explore the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway

    4.7
    Mirror Lake Scenic Byway is breathtaking. There is lots to take in via longer trips, but with numerous viewpoints, lakes, and the Provo River just off the main highway, the drive through alone is well worth it.There is SO much to do in the Uintas, with activities ranging from lakeside picnics to ...
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  • Provo, Utah

    Bridal Veil Falls

    4.8
    0.47 mi / 285 ft gain
    Heading on Provo Canyon Rd the waterfall is just on the right hand side. You will see a sign that says "Bridal Veil" to turn in and park at the falls. At the falls you can hike up a bit to get closer to the waterfall but you will get sprayed quite a bit. Usually a few people there take photos at ...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Grandstaff Canyon

    4.3
    4.34 mi / 1335 ft gain
    The Grandstaff Canyon trail is 2.4 miles to Morning Glory Bridge and can take anywhere between 3-5 hours round trip. Grandstaff Canyon is nestled right along the Colorado River in Moab, UT. This easy hike takes you to the 6th longest natural bridge in the United States, Morning Glory Bridge. Brea...
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  • Davis County, Utah

    Catch a Sunset on Antelope Island

    5.0
    This is a great place to catch a sunset with the herds of Buffalo grazing and the surrounding mountain ranges. With the clouds moving over the mountains and the water reflecting the sunset, you can get amazing shots if that's what you're interested in.The smart move when heading there is to drive...
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  • Wendover, Utah

    Photograph the Bonneville Salt Flats

    4.7
    The Bonneville Salt Flats are unlike anywhere else in the world. Imagine a brilliantly white landscape so flat that you can see the curvature of the earth, coupled with distant mountain peaks rising in the distance. This alien world is one of the most incredible destinations Utah has to offer, an...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Photograph the Milky Way at North Window Arch

    4.7
    Arches National Park is a must see for all photographers, but especially for astrophotography. Many of the most common places to shoot are balanced rock, and Delicate Arch and there's a good reason, these are beautiful places. North Window Arch is much less common, and even on a moonless night,...
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  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Forrest Gump Hill

    5.0
    If you are in or around Monument Valley, the drive and corresponding effort to get to Forrest Gump Hill is minimal. The location is known most notably as the spot where Forrest Gump ended his cross-country run in the movie. It's also simply an unbelievable view. From the most iconic site within ...
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  • Bountiful, Utah

    Backpack to Rudy's Flat

    4.0
    7 mi
    Rudy's Flat is a great overnight hike with plenty of tent or hammock space and multiple established fire rings. This hike offers multiple options for distance depending on your availability and skill level.From the Mueller Park Canyon trailhead (5,234 ft), hikers will experience a gradual ascent ...
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  • Kamas, Utah

    Hike to Island Lake

    5.0
    9 mi / 1000 ft gain
    There are many lakes in this area, but Island Lake is the only one with epic cliff jumping. You can camp anywhere around the lake and campfires are permitted.The cliff is best to jump off mid summer when the water is the warmest, but it's always pretty cold. The cliffs are about 30-50 feet tall. ...
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  • Brighton, Utah

    Hike and Camp at the Twin Lakes Reservoir

    5 mi / 650 ft gain
    The trailhead begins at the Solitude Nordic Center. Walking around Silver Lake, you get a chance to observe the ducks and lovely wetlands area. This trail then leads you into the lower aspens, and if you are hiking just as fall colors have begun to emerge, they create a glowing effect in the wood...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Photograph Guardsman Pass & The Alpine Loop

    5.0
    Since this is a loop you can start at either end, but this is the way we did it. Start driving up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Enjoy the views and take in the impressive peaks on either side of the road. See the changes in vegetation as you gain elevation in the canyon. As you near the top and pass Sol...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hike Mt. Aire

    4.5
    4 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Mount Aire, standing around 8600 ft, certainly isn't the most inspiring peak in or around Salt Lake City, but to me it serves as a quick summit to catch the sunset when I'm short on time.Getting There:Start by heading up Mill Creek Canyon Rd. After passing the ranger booth, drive about 5.5 miles ...
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  • Nephi, Utah

    Burraston Ponds

    3.0
    Pulling into Mona Reservoir and Burraston Ponds you will see some trees to hang up a hammock and have a relaxing afternoon and evening. The bonus is that there's an awesome Mona Rope Swing, which makes this a great place to cool off during summer. Make sure to look up at night because the milky ...
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  • Monroe, Utah

    Soak at Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe

    4.5
    The Mystic Hot Springs are truly a hidden gem in Utah. I convinced my boyfriend, after spending the weekend camping in Bryce National Park and mountain biking Thunder Mountain, that we needed to stop and soak on our way home to Park City. It really wasn’t that hard to convince him. I had already ...
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  • Davis County, Utah

    Hike the Buffalo Point Trail on Antelope Island

    4.0
    1 mi / 300 ft gain
    Antelope Island State Park is a gem within the Utah State Park system. With over 28,000 acres, it is the biggest island located in the Great Salt Lake...the largest salt water lake in the Western hemisphere. It is incredibly scenic, with beautiful shoreline and beaches, grassy plains, mountaino...
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