Hiking in Utah

This is a guest post by Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in political science. When she’s not traveling she enjoys writing articles about University of Phoenix, reading books, and shopping.

From the mountains in the north to the red rock of the south, Utah attracts people from all over the world. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just a beginner, there’s a hike for every skill level. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors, connect with nature, and spend time with family and friends. With hundreds of trails to choose from Utah is your destination for the perfect vacation, here is a list of the top five hikes Utah has to offer.

1. The Narrows of Zion Canyon: Zion National Park
Even for an experienced hiker, this trail is long and difficult. For a newcomer, this hike would be better stretched over a couple days. It is one of the more popular hikes in Zion’s, known for its wading trails. The gradient of the hike is moderate, but walking over the slippery rocks of the Virgin River makes it time-consuming. During November through June, hypothermia is a risk, so hikers are required to wear wet suits. The fifteen-mile hike isn’t for the faint of heart, but the high rock walls and river views make it worth it.

2. Delicate Arch: Arches National Park
Delicate Arch is the most recognizable arch in Utah—and possibly in the world. If you’ve seen a Utah license place, then you’d recognize it. The trail that leads to this famous arch is moderately difficult, and towards the end, as you approach the arch, the trail is quite steep. But the view is worth it. The arch itself stands alone in a bowl, so the views from more than 480 feet up are expansive. The trailhead is easy to find once you are in the park, and it’s only a three-mile hike round trip allowing time for other hikes or for taking in the view from the top.

3. Angel’s Landing: Zion National Park
This hike is known as one of the most thrilling hikes in Utah. Perhaps the shear drop-off on either side has something to do with it. Chains, bolted directly into the rock, serve as hand-rails as hikers pull themselves along the difficult trail. And although this isn’t for those with a fear of heights, it is very popular. The best time to hike it is March through November when the trails are free of ice.

4. Mount Timpanogos: Uinta National Forest
This dominating mountain offers spectacular views of Utah County from its 11,749 foot summit. It is a strenuous hike of nearly seventeen miles. Enjoy the views and the breeze from the small metal hut at the top before starting your decent. And keep an eye out for Rocky Mountain big horn sheep.
5. Queen’s Garden Trail: Bryce Canyon National Park
The landscape of this trail, and others in the park, is known for its hoodoos, tall towers of rock poking out from the earth. This hike is a 6.6-mile breathtaking lesson on geology. The strange rock formations make this hike an incredible opportunity to see a lot in a small amount of time.

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