Tag Archives: Utah

Little Wild Horse Canyon and Bell Canyon Hike Near Goblin Valley, Utah

Slot section on the Little Wild Horse and Bell Canyon Loop Trail

Southern Utah is jam-packed with slot canyons to explore. Whether you’re a seasoned canyoneer or have never been in a slot canyon in your life, you can find a safe canyon trip that rivals the beauty of Arizona’s Antelope Canyon — with none of the logistical challenges. Two of the best beginner canyons are Little […]

Capitol Reef Itinerary Ideas for One, Two and Three Days

A truck on the scenic drive -- typical for a Capitol Reef itinerary

Capitol Reef National Park is the most underrated of Southern Utah’s Mighty 5. Most visitors simply drive through between Bryce Canyon and the parks near Moab. But stay a little longer and you’ll discover a land of red-rock cliffs, colorful sunsets, challenging trails and deep backcountry. Whether you’re a hiker or a road tripper, you […]

Things to do in Escalante, Utah: Gateway to Grand Staircase-Escalante

One of the best things to do in Escalante Utah is hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls

Utah is famous for the Mighty 5 National Parks. And for good reason — from the red cliffs of Zion to the rivers of Canyonlands to Arches’ namesake formations, they’re some of the treasures of the United States. But nestled between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef is a well-kept secret: the tiny town of Escalante, […]

One Day in Bryce Canyon: The PERFECT Bryce Canyon day trip itinerary

One of the most important Bryce Canyon tips: Visit the hoodoos!

Bryce Canyon National Park is easy to squeeze into a Utah road trip. It’s a short drive from Zion, on the way to Escalante/Capitol Reef National Park, easily accessible from Kanab or even Page, Arizona. But if you only have one day in Bryce Canyon, it can be hard to narrow down what to do. […]

Best trails in Bryce Canyon National Park: 10 epic Bryce Canyon hikes

The best hiking in Bryce Canyon is in the amphitheater area.

Bryce Canyon is an essential stop on a Utah road trip. At 8,000 feet, its high-elevation landscape is totally unlike the other Mighty 5 national parks in southern Utah. The best trails in Bryce Canyon take you right up to iconic “hoodoo” rock formations, through pine forests, along desert streams, and under the red-rock rim. […]

A PERFECT itinerary for Zion National Park: 3 days in Zion

Don't miss the Narrows during your 3 days in Zion

Zion National Park is like nowhere you’ve ever seen. An “oasis in the desert,” it offers the red-rock canyon scenery you imagine when you think of Utah — alongside crystal-clear rivers, waterfalls, wildflowers, and wildlife galore. And when you visit, you’ll learn about the Southern Paiute people who this land was stolen from. The ideal […]

Hardest hikes in the US: 7 trails for experienced adventurers

Views of Linville Gorge - one of the hardest hikes in the US

The United States has over 600 million acres of public lands, waiting to be explored. Some of the lands are covered with paved, flat walkways. Others? Not so much. The hardest hikes in the US take you to remote corners of the American backcountry, up and down steep cliffs, across raging rivers, and through harsh […]

Easy hikes in Zion National Park: Seven amazing trails

Some of the best hiking in Zion National Park is on easy trails.

Zion National Park in Utah is one of the most scenic places in the United States. It’s hard not to fall in love with the red-rock canyons, desert waterfalls, wildlife and wildflowers. And luckily, there are plenty of easy hikes in Zion to take beginner hikers to the best views. The best part of visiting […]

Watchman Trail in Zion National Park: An easy sunrise hike

View from the Watchman Trail in Zion National Park

Picture this: Steep canyon walls all around you, lighting up with the first morning sun. Panoramic views of red rock country. Desert wildflowers. The Watchman Trail in Zion National Park is an easy way to experience all this and more. The Watchman hike is an ideal sunrise adventure. You’ll encounter few other people at first […]

Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park: Plan a bottom-up Narrows hike

Big Spring - the final destination when hiking the Narrows bottom up

Have you ever wanted to hike and swim through a desert river, into a mysterious slot canyon, to crystal-clear waterfalls? That’s exactly what it’s like to go hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park. The Virgin River Narrows is a section of river that cuts through 1,500 feet of red rocks on each side. Visitors […]