The Best Camping in Utah

Hike to White Pine Lake

Utah / White Pine Lake Trailhead

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.

1640 Saves

Backpack to Silver Lake

Utah / Silver Lake Trail

The trail is 4.1 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.

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Hike Bryce Canyon's Riggs Spring Loop

Utah / Rainbow Point

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah is a spectacular place. It really has to be seen to be believed.

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Backpack Lake Catherine and Bag Sunset Peak

Utah / Lake Catherine Trail

Any chance to get into the backcountry of the Wasatch Mountains is worth it. Many people day hike in the area, but not very many backpack in.

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Backpack to Red Pine Lake

Utah / White Pine Trailhead

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.

1123 Saves

Backpack Reflection Canyon

Utah / Glen Canyon Parking Area

Backpacking Reflection Canyon is not for the faint of heart.

890 Saves

Hike to Willow Lake

Utah / Big Cottonwood Canyon

The Trail: Follow the marked trail and you'll hike less than a mile up to the edge of Willow Lake.

869 Saves

Summit the Pfeifferhorn

Utah / White Pine Trailhead

Starting at the White Pine Trailhead in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT, hike southwest until reaching the junction to Red Pine Canyon.

835 Saves

Camp at Willow Lake

Utah / Big Cottonwood Canyon

The trailhead to Willow Lake is about 11 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon and is on the north side of the road right after the passing lane begins.

819 Saves

Backpack Mount Timpanogos

Utah / Mount Timapanogos Trail

The Timpooneke trailhead is located in American Fork Canyon, next to the Timpooneke Campground. There is a $6 fee to enter the canyon, unless you have a National Park Pass with which you get in free.

817 Saves

Camp Under Zion's Watchman

Utah / Watchman Campgrounds

Watchman Campground is one of the most popular campgrounds at Zion National Park.

757 Saves

Camp and Hike to Cecret Lake

Utah / Albion Basin Campground

Cecret Lake is reached by driving up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Albion Basin above Alta Ski Resort. The hike is just under 1 mile to the lake and should take about 30 minutes.

715 Saves

Backpack to Red Castle and Red Castle Lakes

Utah / China Meadows Trailhead

The Red Castle is a stunning formation of crumbling red rock that rises around several small lakes, high in the Uinta Mountains. The trail begins at the China Meadows Trailhead.

650 Saves

Take a Dip in the Meadow Hot Springs

Utah / Meadow Hot Springs

These hot springs are located on private property but the owner allows anyone to come and take a dip. You can camp overnight and also have fires in the several pits near the pools.

641 Saves

Hike to Zion's Kolob Arch

Utah / Lee Pass Trailhead

In the lesser traveled area of Zion National Park sits Kolob Arch, a sandstone arch high up on a cliff tucked back in the canyon. To get to Kolob Arch take exit 40 on I-15 in Utah.

604 Saves

Backpacking Kings Peak

Utah / Henry Fork Trailhead

From the Henry Fork Trailhead (approx. 9400 feet elev.) the trail gains very little elevation during the first 5.5 miles with several lakes to camp by along the way.

603 Saves

Hike and Fish Upper Bell Canyon Reservoir

Utah / Bell Canyon Trail

This is one of my favorite spots in the state of Utah! It is completely secluded high up on the Wasatch front.

583 Saves

Backpack the West Rim Trail, Zion NP

Utah / West Rim Trailhead

This 14.5 mile (one-way) trek is a multi-functional trail.

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Hike to Buckley's Abandoned Mine

Utah / Rock Canyon Trailhead

Once you reach the mine it's gated but you can slide in. Follow the main tunnel a hundred or so feet back and climb the 75 foot ladder up to the second level.

582 Saves

Camp at Lava Point

Utah / Lava Point Campground

Didn't make a reservation? Are all the Zion campgrounds full as usual? Don't worry, the less popular and more secluded Lava Point Campground is just about a 45 minute drive away and it's free! We cam.

562 Saves

Hike to Big Cottonwood Canyon's Desolation Lake

Utah / Mill D North Trailhead

Drive 9 miles into Big Cottonwood Canyon and park at the Mill D North Trailhead (on the left). On the right side of the road, there is a restroom.

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Hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls

Utah / Calf Creek Campground, Utah

The trailhead for lower calf creek falls begins at the Calf Creek Campground. There is a small fee to park in the campground and a larger fee if you plan on camping in the campground.

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Hike Buckskin Gulch, Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness

Utah / Buckskin Gulch Trailhead

Buckskin Gulch is a natural wonder. At 15 miles long it is the longest slot canyon in the world. It sometimes is as narrow as 2ft.

517 Saves

Backpack Coyote Gulch

Utah / Coyote Gulch Trailhead

Easy hiking, water availability, and spectacular scenery make this a "must do" hike. Three days are best to see all this canyon has to offer.

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Hike Devils Garden Primitive Loop in Arches

Utah / Devil's Garden Trailhead

This adventure begins at Devils Garden, which is a hotspot in Arches National Park.

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Beach Camp On Lake Powell's Lone Rock Beach

Utah / Lone Rock Beach

Just twelve miles north of Page, Arizona on Highway 89 across the Utah border, Lone Rock Beach is a great open beach where you can drive right up and make camp anywhere you like.

492 Saves

Hike Navajo Loop and Queens Garden Trail

Utah / Navajo Loop Trail

There are many many trails that explore the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon and this is just one option of a combination of trails that is about 3.5 miles.

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Hike the Red Cliffs Recreation Nature Trail

Utah / Red Cliffs Parking Area

Hike along streams that run through red sandstone - the blue water makes a fun contrast against the red rocks and sand.

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Hike to the Wind Caves, UT

Utah / Wind Caves Trailhead, Logan UT

Starting at an elevation of 5100 feet you gain 2300 feet in just 3.5 miles. As you drive up Logan Canyon you'll see the trailhead on the left side of the road, just after Guinavah-Malibu Campground.

478 Saves

Camp by the Spiral Jetty

Utah / Spiral Jetty

This spot is pretty wild and barren. Head there with an open mind and be ready to have an amazing experience.

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Camping in Arches National Park

Utah / Devil's Garden Campground

This popular campground houses 50 campsites. Keep in mind that since it's the only campground in Arches, it can be crowded from March through October, so get on it early.

455 Saves

Camp at the Little Grand Canyon

Utah / Little Grand Canyon

The Wedge and The Little Grand Canyon are located in Eastern Utah and despite their amazing beauty are relatively unknown and overlooked partly due to their close proximity to national parks like Arc.

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Hike through Paria Canyon

Utah / Paria Canyon

No matter how far you plan on hiking, it is ideal to get an early start so you aren’t hiking too long under the desert sun.

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Backpack and Camp at Ibantik Lake

Utah / Crystal Lake Trailhead

From the Crystal Lake trailhead, follow the trail 1.1 miles north to Wall Lake.

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Explore the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway

Utah / Mirror Lake Scenic Byway

Mirror Lake Scenic Byway is breathtaking.

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Canyoneering the San Rafael Swell

Utah / San Rafael Swell

The San Rafael Swell, is the home of many adventures! One of those adventures being canyoneering. There are many slot canyons of various skill levels that have been explored and descended.

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Hike Little Deer Creek to Cataract Gorge

Utah / Little Deer Creek Canyon

Little Deer Creek Canyon can be accessed from the Emerald Lake Highway (150) in the Uinta National Forest east of Kamas, Utah.

411 Saves

Exploring Goblin Valley

Utah / Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley Can entertain you for 1 hour or 10. There are no established trails, so you are free to wander around the entire park.

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Camp at Goblin Valley

Utah / Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park is in a rural section of southern Utah, but if you type it into Google Maps you will go straight there.

377 Saves

Hike to the Golden Cathedral

Utah / Golden Cathedral

From highway 12, drive south down the hole in the rock road for about 17 miles to a dirt road on the left that is well marked for Egypt. Follow that dirt road 9.9 miles to the Egypt Trailhead.

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Photograph the Bonneville Salt Flats

Utah / Bonneville Salt Flats

The Bonneville Salt Flats are unlike anywhere else in the world.

352 Saves

Winter Backpack to Lake Blanche & Sundial Peak

Utah / Lake Blanche Trailhead

This is a popular hike all year round, but less popular in the winter. If you’re backpacking you’ll most likely be alone.

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Hike Broads Fork Basin and Beaver Pond

Utah / Broads Fork Trailhead

The Broads Fork trailhead starts in Big Cottonwood Canyon in the same parking lot as the Lake Blanche trailhead, this trailhead is on the west side of the parking lot.

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Backpack to Rudy's Flat

Utah / Mueller Park Canyon

Rudy's Flat is a great overnight hike with plenty of tent or hammock space and multiple established fire rings.

323 Saves

Exploring Leprechaun Canyon's Middle Fork

Utah / Utah's North Wash Area

To reach the Leprechaun Canyons drive south of Hanksville, UT on highway 95 for 26 miles to the intersection with highway 276.

317 Saves

Camp at the Cottonwood Ridgeline

Utah / White Pine Trailhead

Begin at the White Pine Trailhead in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Follow the trail up toward Red Pine Lake.

317 Saves

Photograph Guardsman Pass & The Alpine Loop

Utah / Guardsman Pass Trailhead

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.

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Explore Stansbury Island

Utah / Stansbury Island

Rarely will you ever see another person at the underrated Stansbury Island, the second largest island within the Great Salt Lake in Utah - even though a dirt causeway connects it to land, it is still.

308 Saves

Backpack to Amethyst Lake

Utah / Christmas Meadows Trailhead

It all starts at Christmas Meadows Trailhead. This trailhead is easily accessible and quick to get to because its just a couple miles off the mirror lake highway.

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Hike and Camp at the Twin Lakes Reservoir

Utah / Solitude Nordic Center

The trailhead begins at the Solitude Nordic Center. Walking around Silver Lake, you get a chance to observe the ducks and lovely wetlands area.

307 Saves

Backpack to Bloods and Lackawaxen Lakes

Utah / Guardsmen Pass Trailhead

Disclaimer: This backpacking trip enters onto private land, which is not supported by The Outbound Collective, Inc.

300 Saves

Camp and Stargaze at Burriston Ponds

Utah / Burriston Ponds

Pulling into Mona Reservoir you will see campsites, which you can set up at for free. There are some trees to hang up a hammock and have a relaxing afternoon and evening.

293 Saves

Camp and Explore at Meadow Lava Tubes

Utah / Lava Tubes

EXPLORE THE AREA The entrance to the Lava Tubes is located in a rock pit near the NW base of Tabernacle Hill.

280 Saves

Backpack Bryce Canyon's Under the Rim Trail

Utah / Bryce Point

This trail is just about the only way I would see Bryce Canyon. When we initially drove in it was like we were at Disneyland, with crowds of people everywhere.

270 Saves

Photograph the Milky Way at North Window Arch

Utah / North Window Arch

Arches National Park is a must see for all photographers, but especially for astrophotography.

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Hike the Skull Creek Trail of Causey Reservoir

Utah / Skull Crack Trailhead

To get to the trailhead from Ogden, Utah, take 12th street east up canyon and around Pine View Reservoir. When you get to Huntsville, turn right and continue to head east up the canyon.

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Backpack to White Pine Lake, Logan

Utah / White Pine Lake

You will start from the Tony Grove Lake parking lot and start hiking northeast on the White Pine Lake trailhead. The trail is roughly 3.8 miles to the lake through beautiful Quaking Aspens and Pines.

232 Saves

Explore Grandaddy Basin

Utah / Grandaddy Lake Trail

Grandaddy Lake is the largest lake in the High Unitas. While Grandaddy Lake can have plenty of hikers, there are over twenty lakes within a two-hour hike within the Grandaddy Basin.

225 Saves

Explore Sunset Arch

Utah / Hole in the rock road

Beginning in the small town town of Escalante, head out to the somewhat famous Hole in the Rock road.

225 Saves

Bike "Holy Guacamole" Outside of Zion NP

Utah / Dalton Wash Rd

This incredibly scenic ride is just out of Zion National Park and is a great place to escape the tourists. The ride starts at the end of Dalton Wash Rd just off of Route 9.

216 Saves

Backpack into the Needles District

Utah / Elephant Hill Trailhead

The Needles district of Canyonlands National Park is expansive, difficult, and one of the most visited areas of Canyonlands for hikers.

207 Saves

Camping at Granstaff Campground

Utah / Granstaff Campground

Granstaff Campground has 17 campsites available, which are first come, first served. The sites are $15 a night per vehicle.

207 Saves

Explore Toquerville Falls

Utah / Toquerville Falls

Toquerville Falls is a hidden waterfall nearby a small town named Toquerville. The road is rugged - saying rugged is kind of an understatement. Medium or high profile 4x4 is recommended.

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Rock Climbing American Fork Canyon

Utah / American Fork Canyon, UT

American Fork Canyon, UT has a rich history in outdoor activity. Little do most people know that American Fork was the birth place of steep, overhanging, sport climbing.

202 Saves

Camp at Echo Reservoir

Utah / Echo Reservoir Campground

This scenic reservoir provides you with the opportunity to spend the day on the water. To get here, drive around 45 minutes from Park City toward Coalville.

196 Saves

Backpack Four Lakes Basin

Utah / Highline Trailhead High Uintas Wilderness

Four Lakes Basin is one of the many basins of the High Uintas Wilderness.

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Photograph Cathedral Valley

Utah / Cathedral Valley Turnoff

First let me preface that a high clearance vehicle is needed for this adventure.

190 Saves

Hike to Broken Bow Arch

Utah / Hole in the Rock Road

The trailhead starts at the Willow Gulch Trailhead, located just off of Hole in the Rock Road in the Grand Staircase -Escalante National Monument. The coordinates for the trailhead are 37.324812,-111.

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Broads Fork Twin Peaks

Utah / Broads Fork Trailhead

The Broads Fork trailhead starts in Big Cottonwood Canyon in the same parking lot as the Lake Blanche trailhead. This trailhead is on the west side of the parking lot.

178 Saves

Camp at Long Canyon

Utah / Long Canyon, UT

If you haven’t been to Moab, UT then you are missing out. There is truly something for everyone in this breathtaking desert landscape which has become increasingly popular over the past several years.

176 Saves

Winter Camping in Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah / Sunset Campground

The incredible views at Bryce Canyon National Park can be described with little else than a “Wow.” During a snowy winter, especially, these sights are not to be missed.

171 Saves

Explore Devils Garden

Utah / Devils Garden (Escalante)

This is a great area that the whole family can enjoy. It is located about 15 miles down the hole-in-the-rock road south of Escalante, Utah. There is a sign marking the turn-off.

165 Saves

Rock Climbing Moab's Wall Street

Utah / Potash Road

Moab's Wall Street is exactly what it sounds like, but nothing like the "Wall Street" you're familiar with.

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Backpack to Ryder Lake

Utah / Christmas Meadows Trailhead

Ryder Lake is accessed via the Stillwater Trail, beginning at the Christmas Meadows Trailhead off of Mirror Lake Highway. The trail heads due south from Christmas Meadows along the Stillwater River.

161 Saves

Hike Box Elder Peak

Utah / Rattlensake Trailhead

From the Rattlesnake Trailhead (about a mile northeast of the Sherwood Hills Resort on U.S. 89) to the peak is just under 4.5 miles. The hike is great exercise, as it's relatively steep.

159 Saves

Bouldering in Joe's Valley, UT

Utah / Joe's Valley

The bouldering in Joe's Valley has been a hot spot for climbers from all around the world.

159 Saves

Explore the Factory Butte Badlands

Utah / Factory Butte

Coming from Hanksville, UT on scenic route Highway 24 headed toward Capitol Reef National Park, you'll see Factory Butte in the distance.

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Hike Hole in the Rock

Utah / Hole in the Rock

Hole in the Rock is a historic site in Utah where the Mormon Pioneers had to dynamite a path down the mountain to get through to the Colorado River.

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Winter Backpack to Dog Lake and Backcountry Ski Reynolds Peak

Utah / Mill D North Trailhead

The hike is considered moderate, but the 1500ft. elevation gain (2100ft. to Reynolds Peak) will definitely get your heart rate up.

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Camp Goose Island Campground

Utah / Goose Island Campground

Many of the campground in Arches National Park are extremely hard to book and almost impossible to get walk-in spots during the peak season in this area.

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Photographing Dutchman's Arch

Utah / Dutchman's Arch

Duchman's Arch is visible from I-70 but ask anyone about it and they will look at you with a blank face.

146 Saves

Hike the Loop Trail at Natural Bridges National Monument

Utah / Sipapu Bridge Trailhead

Natural Bridges National Monument has the distinction of being the first National Monument in Utah, and is known for its three massive natural bridges - Sipapu, Kachina, and Owachomo.

145 Saves

Scale the Cliffs at Ruth Lake

Utah / Ruth Lake Trailhead

Getting There From Evanston, take the Mirror Lake Highway 150 about 42 miles to the Ruth Lake trailhead and follow the easy hike up from the highway; just look for the signs directing you to Ruth La.

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Camp in the Valley of the Gods

Utah / Valley of the Gods, Utah

The dirt road loop is relatively smooth and can be driven on by just about any car, campervan, or RV.

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Mountain Bike Moab's White Rim Trail

Utah / Shafer Trailhead

This trip can be done with an outfit or independently. The outfit Escape Adventures is highly recommended. They send two guides - one drives a pickup behind with all the camping gear.

133 Saves

Backpack Great Gulch: Kane Gulch to Bullet Canyon

Utah / Kane Gulch Trailhead

One of the many wonderful hidden gems in Utah (so just tell you close friends about it). Kane Gulch is located four miles south of the Highway 95/Highway 261 junction.

132 Saves

Backpack to Cutthroat Lake

Utah / Ruth Lake Trailhead

There isn't a trail to Cutthroat Lake so for a portion of the hike will be cross-country.

128 Saves

Camp in Capitol Reef National Park

Utah / Cathedral Valley Turnoff

From Interstate 70, the road can be accessed from the west just a few miles from Highway 6, and from the east just near the town of Richfield.

127 Saves

Camp at Dave's Hollow Campground

Utah / Dave's Hollow Campground

We all know the crowds well at our favorite National Parks, and Bryce Canyon is no exception.

125 Saves

Soak in the Bonneville Salt Pools

Utah / Bonneville Salt Pools

Drive 1.

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Backpack the La Verkin Creek Trail

Utah / Lee Pass Trailhead, Zion NP

I've visited Zion National Park twice this year and the experience between the two visitations were like night and day. Zion National Park is by no means a secret, and for good reason.

125 Saves

Explore a Manmade Geyser in Utah

Utah / Crystal Geyser, Utah

Four and a half miles from the town of Green River, Utah, Crystal Geyser is one of the few manmade geysers as a result of the area's historical mining industry.

111 Saves

Hike to Weir Lake

Utah / Crystal Lake Trailhead

Weir Lake is one of many mountain lakes located in the High Uintas near Kamas, Utah.

109 Saves

Kayak Glen Canyon

Utah / Colorado River (Lees Ferry)

Starting at Lee's Ferry, you meet with a boat that will back haul you up the river close to Glen Canyon Dam for approximately $150/2 people, plus your gear.

109 Saves

Hike Utah's Mount Naomi Peak

Utah / White Pine Lake Trail

Getting There: From Logan, UT, on US 91, take US 89 east approximately 20 miles up Logan Canyon to the Tony Grove Campground turnoff.

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Camp at Drinks Canyon

Utah / Drinks Canyon Campground

Drinks Canyon Camping Area is located just 6 miles up the Colorado River on Hwy 191 from Moab. This BLM managed campsite has 17 sites that are all first-come, first served.

107 Saves

Camp at Timpooneke Campground

Utah / Timpooneke Campground

The Timpooneke Campground sits at 7,400 ft. elevation with views of Mount Timpanogos and campsites surrounded by beautiful aspen, fir and spruce trees.

107 Saves

Desert Camp at White House Campground

Utah / White House Trailhead & Campground

White House Trailhead & Campground sits just north of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument.

106 Saves

Fly Fish the Green River below Flaming Gorge

Utah / Dutch John Boat Launch

Located in the northeast corner of Utah, this section of the Green River begins beneath the Flaming Gorge dam.

102 Saves

Camp at Goosenecks State Park

Utah / Goosenecks State Park

Located near the southern border of the state, Goosenecks State Park is a small slice of Grand Canyon views in Utah.

99 Saves

Backpack the Lathrop Canyon Trail in Canyonlands

Utah / Lathrop Trailhead

Access to this trailhead is a few miles south of the Islands in the Sky Visitor Center in Canyonlands National Park. An easy drive from Moab or Interstate 70.

99 Saves

Backpack Lone Peak via the Cherry Creek Logging Trail

Utah / Orson Smith Park

You start this trail at the Orson Smith Park in Draper.  It joins with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail briefly before turning off onto the cherry creek logging trail.

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Camp at Shallow Lake Meadow

Utah / Shallow Lake Meadow

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Camp and Soak at Gandy Warm Springs

Utah / Gandy Spring, UT

Near the border of Utah and Nevada stands Spring Mountain which harbors a warm spring, underwater cave system, and crystal ball cave. The warm springs has two separate pools both around 80 degrees.

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Hike in the Upper Muley Twist Canyon

Utah / Upper Muley Twist Canyon Trail

This hike is by far my favorite trail I've been on. To begin, you access Upper Muley Twist Canyon Road from the top of the Burr Trail Road switchbacks.

94 Saves

Hike the Pine Hollow Trail

Utah / Forest Trail 047

The trailhead (Forest Trail 047 - Pine Hollow Trail) starts across the street from a turnout about .5 miles above Mutual Dell in American Fork Canyon.

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Backpack to Joint Trail in the Canyonlands Needles District

Utah / Squaw Flat Campground

A large part of the grandeur of Canyonlands National Park is the vast barren vista at Island in the Sky, but no visit to Canyonlands would be complete without the intimate and immersive desert experi.

89 Saves

Camp at Christmas Meadows in the Uinta National Forest

Utah / Christmas Meadows Campground

Just four miles from the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, this limited site campground is a great alternative to the larger, busier campgrounds at lower elevations.

88 Saves

Climbing in Moe's Valley

Utah / Moe's Valley, Utah

Moe's Valley, UT is a hidden climbing paradise found in southern Utah. It's located just minutes outside of St. George, Utah.

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Camp at Hamburger Rock

Utah / Hamburger Rock Campground

Hamburger Rock is a small BLM campground with 10 sites based around an interesting rock outcropping. Each site can accommodate around 6 campers, 2 tents, and 2 cars.

86 Saves

Camp on Dalton Wash Road

Utah / Dalton Wash Rd

Zion National Park. Truly one of the beauties of the American Southwest. With red walls and orange sunsets, Zion is a must see.

84 Saves

Float the Green River through Labyrinth Canyon

Utah / Ruby Ranch Boat Launch

This trip goes 45 miles between Ruby Ranch and Mineral Bottom on the Green River in Utah north of Canyonlands National Park.

79 Saves

Rock Climbing St. George Utah

Utah / Utah Hills

The Utah Hills areas of climbing are mostly limestone. Some of the best quality rock in the country. There are many areas here that are still being developed.

77 Saves

Running Chuckwalla

Utah / Chuckwalla Trailhead

The Chuckwalla Trailhead is part of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and provides beautiful and easy to to access running, mountain biking and climbing right outside of St. George Utah.

77 Saves

Camp up Murdock Basin Road

Utah / Murdock Basin Road

Murdock Basin Road is located about 22 miles up Mirror Lake Highway (UT-150) from Kamas, UT.

77 Saves

Hike the Ruins of Hovenweep National Monument

Utah / Hovenweep National Monument Parking

Hovenweep National Monument consists of 5 separate units which were once Ancestral Puebloan communities.

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Camp in Hunters Canyon

Utah / Hunters Canyon

Moab has become an increasingly popular adventure destination over the last few years.

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Backpack Kolob Canyons, Zion NP

Utah / Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park

Overview Starting at Lee Pass trailhead the trail descends down to run alongside the Timber Creek, past the open finger canyons of the nearby cliffs.

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Catch a Sunset at Green River Overlook

Utah / Green River Overlook

Turn right on Highway 313 after Mesa Arch Trailhead and follow the road past Willow Flat Campground to Green River Overlook. Park at the parking lot. Climb over the railing onto the rock edge.

66 Saves

Camp at the Ledges Camping Area off of Kane Creek Road

Utah / Ledges Camping Area

The turn off for Kane Creek Rd. is directly before the McDonald's on the right side of the road.

64 Saves

Hike The Narrows: Top Down

Utah / Zion Narrows Upper Trailhead at Chamberlain's Ranch

THE NARROWS This by far one of the most scenic and awesome hikes available in any National Park.

64 Saves

Running Windmill Trail

Utah / Gooseberry Mesa

Windmill trail and trailhead sits just down the road from Gooseberry Mesa Trailhead in Apple Valley, Utah. Head out on this figure-8 loop for as long as you want.

63 Saves

Hike The Syncline Trail in Canyonlands NP

Utah / Upheaval Dome Trailhead

Be advised, the NPS signs and maps that warn of a very difficult hike ahead are not hyperbole, as I thought at first.

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Hike the Confluence Overlook

Utah / Big Spring Canyon Overlook

The Green River starts in Wyoming and flows 730 miles before joining the Colorado River in Utah.

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Camp on Smithsonian Butte Road

Utah / Smithsonian Butte Road

Smithsonian Butte Road (and Smithsonian Butte & Wire Mesa) is an excellent place to camp & boondock near Zion National Park, particularly if you do not have a 4WD vehicle and/or there has just been s.

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Rock Climbing in Indian Creek

Utah / Utah 211 Scenic

Just outside the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park and 40 miles south of Moab lies one of the greatest crack climbing destinations in the world.

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Backpack to Notch Lake

Utah / Notch Mountain Loop Trail

The hike to Notch Lake begins at the Bald Mountain trailhead. You'll need to display a recreation pass in your vehicle to park at the trailhead.

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Camping and Skiing at Lily Lake

Utah / Lily Lake Trailhead

When driving to the trailhead you must go through Evanston Wyoming to get there. The trailhead is located near the Bear River Lodge off the Mirror Lake Highway (UT 150).

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Camp and Climb at Cliff Lake

Utah / Crystal Lake Trailhead

Cliff Lake can be located from the Crystal Lake Trailhead. The exact location is pinned, but you get there driving from Kamas.

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Camp at Coyote Hollow Campground

Utah / Coyote Hollow Campground

I feel a little guilty sharing this camping spot because part of the allure is that no one else really knows about it, but what the hell, I'll just go for it.

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Camp at Squaw Flat Campground

Utah / Squaw Flat Campground

Squaw Flat campground is an easily-accessed area full of picturesque campsites in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

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Camping at Yant Flat

Utah / Yant Flat Parking

Though only a few miles from civilization as a bird flies, this trailhead is only accessible via a dirt road (that can be quite bumpy - high clearance vehicles recommended though I did it in a car).

42 Saves

Aid Climbing Moonlight Buttress

Utah / Angels Landing

Moonlight Buttress follows an amazing system of cracks up some really solid sandstone. The route is 5.8 C1 and is very straightforward.

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Camp at Williams Bottom Campground in Moab

Utah / Williams Bottom Campground

Williams Bottom Campground and its 17 first-come first-serve campsites are tucked into the side of the Colorado River Canyon on Utah Highway 279 aka "Potash Road" just 15 minutes from downtown Moab.

37 Saves

Backpack Death Hollow in Grand Staircase-Escalante

Utah / Boulder Mail Trailhead

The most popular route into Death Hollow is from the Boulder airstrip near the town of Boulder, Utah.

37 Saves

Camp at Muley Point

Utah / Muley Point

Muley Point on the southern end of the Cedar Mesa is one of the finest camping (and car camping) sites in North America, towering some 2400' above the San Juan River Canyon (and The Goosenecks State .

34 Saves

Camp at Big Bend Campground

Utah / Big Bend Campground

This campground has three different campsites. All the sites are made for larger groups, so there has to be a minimum number of people to reserve a site.

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Camp at Sand Flats Recreation Area in Moab

Utah / Sand Flats

The rock domes and slickrock around the campsites provide fun for young and old to scramble on, or simply enjoy the sunrise or sunset.

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Backpack the Trans-Zion Trek, Zion NP

Utah / Lee Pass Trailhead

The following adventure guide for the Trans-Zion Trek will actually consist of six separate trails. The trails listed below are listed in order, going West to East.

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Camp at Horsethief Campground

Utah / Horsethief Campground

Just 25 minutes from the town of Moab and even less from the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park (the lookout photo above is from this point), this.

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Hike Mount Ellen in Utah's Henry Mountains

Utah / Mount Ellen Peak Trail

Mount Ellen is considered an Ultra Prominent Peak. What's that you may ask? Well, Ultra Prominent Peaks are determined by how high the summit rises above its surroundings.

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Camp at McMillan Springs In The Henry Mountains

Utah / McMillan Springs Campground

McMillan Springs Campground is south of Hanksville, Utah and within the Henry Mountains, which run north and south between Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef National Parks.

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Backpack Naturalist Basin and Summit Mount Agassiz

Utah / Highline Trailhead

Naturist Basin is a beautiful area in the High Uintas Wilderness with an abundance of mountains, lakes, meadows, and wildlife.  It is best hiked July-September.

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Camp at King's Bottom

Utah / King's Bottom Campground

Kane Creek is a massive canyon, with the Colorado river at it's feet and red cliffs towering on either side. There are numerous trail heads and campgrounds the farther you explore into the canyon.

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Backpack Mount Beulah via East Fork of the Bear River Trailhead

Utah / East Fork of the Bear River Trailhead

Getting there This trip could be crammed into a really long day or even two days, but give yourself three days to really enjoy the area and not be too pressed for time.

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Hike Wildcat Canyon Trail, Zion NP

Utah / Wildcat Canyon Trailhead

This 5.8 mile (one-way) trek is a multi-functional trail.

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Hike Timpanogos Summit via Timpooneke Trial

Utah / Timpooneke Trail

Mt. Timpanogos is one of the most popular hiking destinations around the Salt Lake and Utah Valleys.  Hundreds of people give everything they've got for this grueling hike each weekend.

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Camp at Kens Lake Campground

Utah / Kens Lake Campground

Ken's Lake is an excellent location for peace and quiet. It is operated by the Bureau of Land Management and you can register on site or the reservation system at

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Backpack the Escalante River

Utah / Escalante River Trailhead

The Escalante River trail is an easily accessible, moderately strenuous hike within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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Bouldering at Ibex

Utah / Ibex

Climbing at Ibex is a unique experience and is located in, quite literally, the middle of nowhere.  The easiest way to get there is to take Highway 50 in Eastern Utah.

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Camp at Pyramid Lake in Murdock Basin of Utah's Uinta Mountains

Utah / Pyramid Lake, UT

Grab a fishing pole, hammock, or book.

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Hike to Tokewanna Peak in the High Uintas

Utah / West Fork Blacks Fork

Climbing all of Utah's 13ers is nota popular trend, yet. Most people seek out Colorado's 14ers for their summit height, but don't let Utah's 13ers be overshadowed by their neighbors to the East.

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Camp at Silver Lake

Utah / Silver Lake Trail

Silver Lake is a wonderful place to go if you're in need of a quick adventure in the woods.

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Hike the Arizona Trail: Buckskin Mountain Passage from Stateline Campground

Utah / Stateline Campground, Utah

Depending how you approach this 800 mile trail, I did the first 4 miles or last 4 miles as an out and back from Stateline Campground on the Utah/Arizona state line and the border of Vermil.

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Backpack to Red Caslte Lake and Mt. Wilson

Utah / China Meadows Trailhead

Utah's 13ers are generally overshadowed by their 14er neighbors to the east, but do not be fooled, Utah's 13ers require a tremendous amount of effort to summit.

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Hike Big Springs Hollow Loop

Utah / Big Springs Hollow

Arriving to Big Springs Hollow is relatively easy.  Drive up Provo Canyon and turn right onto South Fork Rd at Vivian Park.

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Camp and Fish Deer Creek Lake

Utah / Deer Creek Trailhead, UT

There is something magical about Deer Creek Lake. The views are amazing, the hike is revitalizing, and the mountain air speaks to your soul.

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Hike to Ostler Peak in the High Uintas

Utah / Christmas Meadows Trailhead

Hiking Ostler Peak in the High Uintas Wilderness is a serious challenge for anyone. Typically, this hike is done over 2-3 days, with an overnight at the beautiful Ostler Lake.

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