20 of the Best Hiking Trails in Southern Utah

I am so excited to share this incredible round-up of the best hiking trails in southern Utah. From slot canyons and secret ladders to canyon overlooks and hoodoos, these trails are sure to impress every hiker!

A few things to note, some of these trails are inside national and state parks and do require an entrance fee into the park. If you already own an America the Beautiful Park Pass, then you will be able to get into the national parks without paying any extra fees. Some parks require timed entry permits or shuttle tickets.

Additionally, be sure to bring plenty of water. The weather in southern Utah is known to be brutally hot and you can get dehydrated quickly if you are not prepared. Also, always check the weather before you begin hiking, and do not enter any canyons (especially slot canyons) if there is rain in the forecast in your area.

Alright, let’s jump right and introduce you to 20 of the best hiking trails in southern Utah! (Click here to pin this post for later.)

Wire Pass Trail

Difficulty: 3.7 miles
Length: Moderate
Type: Out & back
AllTrails Link: Wire Pass Trail

You will find the Wire Pass Trail located in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area just a short drive from Kanab, Utah. This hike requires you to drive several miles down a dirt/washboard road to reach the trailhead, but just about any vehicle should be able to make the drive as long as you are driving slowly and cautiously. There is a permit fee of $5 per person and dogs are also allowed at an additional cost of $5 per dog.

The majority of this hike is in an exposed wash so it is best to complete the hike early in the morning or in the evening to avoid the heat of the day. Be sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your dogs. After hiking over a mile, the wash starts to narrow and form the slot canyons you will be looking for. They are fairly tight but are still wide enough for you to easily hike through.

Part way through you will come to the famous wooden ladder and will need to climb down to continue your hike. This part is more difficult if you do have dogs with you, so keep this in mind if you plan to complete the entire hike. Once you’re down the ladder, you can continue hiking through the slot canyons to view the nearby petroglyphs. Overall, this is a fun hike for everyone and should definitely be one of your top bucket list destinations in Utah!

Wire Pass Hiking Trail in Southern Utah
Wire Pass Trail

Observation Point via East Mesa Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7 miles
Type: Out & back
AllTrails Link: Observation Point via East Mesa Trail

Observation Point, in Zion National Park, leads to one of the most spectacular overlooks of the Zion Canyon. To access this 7-mile trail, you’ll need to drive to the East Mesa trailhead, which is right outside the park’s eastern border. As such, you won’t need to pay the park’s $35 entrance fee to access this trail (although you will need to pay the fee to explore the rest of this amazing park!).

 This moderate trail meanders along a fairly flat pathway through a pine forest. While you’ll hike through beautiful trees, the trail itself has limited shade, so your best bet will be to start this hike on the early side and bring plenty of water. 

Along the last mile of the hike, you’ll start to get peekaboo glimpses of the canyon below, with the endpoint providing spectacular panoramic views straight down the Zion Canyon. You’ll even get a bird’s eye view of the famed Angel’s Landing over 600 feet below! 

Be sure to save up some energy for the return trip though, the trail slopes downhill to reach the overlook, so you’ll have to make a 702-foot climb back to the trailhead. On average, it usually takes hikers two and a half to three and a half hours to complete this hike- but be sure to build in lots of time to take pictures once you reach Observation Point!

Recommended by Jessica S. of Uprooted Traveler

Observation Point via East Mesa Trail in Zion National Park
Observation Point via East Mesa Trail

Devils Garden Trail

Difficulty: Hard
Length: 7.9 mile
Type: Loop trail
AllTrails Link: Devils Garden

Devil’s Garden is located at the far end of the one road that goes through Arches National Park.  The hike is divided into three connected trails.  To do all three is a strenuous hike totaling 7.9 miles, which takes about six hours. There are eight arches along the full route, making this a highlight of any visit to the national park.

If you’re attempting the whole trail, leave early in the morning to beat the worst of the heat, especially in summer when temperatures can be brutal. There is no fee or permit to do the hike itself, though there is an entrance fee for Arches National Park of $30 per vehicle. The park also requires a timed entry permit from early April to early October, and this costs an additional $2.

The trail starts with the easy hike to Landscape Arch, the longest single-span arch in North America.  A short 0.5-mile side trail goes to Pine Tree and Tunnel Arches.  This section is 0.95 miles and takes about 35 minutes each way. Many people stop there, but if you are up for an adventure, head across the top of a sandstone fin and hike deeper into Devil’s Garden to the spectacular Double O Arch.  Side trails take you to Navajo Arch and Partition Arch, which you can look through and see people down below looking at Landscape Arch.  

When you get to Double O Arch, climb through the lower arch and then look back for a breathtaking view of them both, with beautiful sandstone fins beyond. It’s a 2.1-mile each-way moderate trail to Double O Arch. From there, you can go back the way you came or continue along the strenuous primitive trail and loop back to the start.  You will need to follow cairns and other trail markers, climb along narrow ridges, and possibly wade through water. The trip through Fin Canyon, with a short side trip to Private Arch, is amazing but challenging.

No matter which of the trails you hike, you will love Devil’s Garden.

Recommended by James I. of Parks Collecting

Devils Garden Trail in Arches National Park
Devils Garden Trail

Peekaboo Slot Canyon Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 8.1 miles
Type: Out & back
AllTrails Link: Peekaboo Slot Canyon

Peekaboo Slot Canyon is arguably one of the prettiest slot canyons in Utah. It is similar to the nearby Antelope Slot Canyons, but far less commercialized. You can reach this slot canyon by hiking over 8 miles round-trip through sandy trails. Once inside, the slot canyon varies in width with some areas winding tightly and others opening up.

The colors of Peekaboo Slot Canyon are vibrant and swirl with pinks, reds, and oranges. They are prettiest in the evening with the sun setting and casting light over the edges. It is best to hike this trail early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the heat of the day in the summertime.

An alternative to hiking this trail is taking an ATV tour out to Peekaboo Slot Canyon. We did both an ATV tour and a canyoneering tour in the area and really enjoyed it! If you are looking for something extra fun to do, I highly recommend it.

Peekaboo Slot Canyon Trail in Southern Utah
Peekaboo Slot Canyon Trail

Bryce Canyon Rim Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 10.7 miles
Type: Out & back
AllTrails Link: Bryce Canyon Rim Trail

One of the easiest hikes with fantastic photo opportunities at Bryce Canyon National Park is the Rim Trail. A mostly paved and then graveled path, the Rim Trail is flat and easy to do so it is perfect for all age groups to enjoy without excessive hiking down into the canyon areas unless you continue on to more of the challenging parts of the hike which can get more strenuous.

It almost feels like every corner or new area you walk through is a picture-perfect moment and always changing, so the Rim Trail is visually stimulating and rewarding for visitors that love to take pictures or even selfies to enjoy the magnificent views along the trail. The entire trail goes approximately 5 miles in each direction with many elevation changes, but you can just go the distance you want and head back in the same direction that you came from.

If you are up for the challenge, the Rim Trail takes you through some spectacular scenery with over 1754 feet in elevation change. Take in what you are interested in doing along the trail and head back when you have challenged yourself enough on this fantastic hike. It is definitely an awe-inspiring hike to do in Bryce Canyon and rewarding to experience all or just a part of this hike in Bryce Canyon National Park. There is a $35 entrance fee to get into the park.

Recommended by Noel M of The Mature Traveler

Rim Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon Rim Trail

Hickman Bridge Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.7 miles
Type: Out & back
AllTrails Link: Hickman Bridge Trail

Utah is home to tons of awesome hikes. But, one of the all-time best is the Hickman Bridge hiking trail in Capitol Reef National Park. It is a fun, 1.7-mile long, moderately difficult, out-and-back trail that will take you just under an hour to complete.  And while no permit is required, it costs $20 for private vehicles to enter the park.

This trail takes you along a series of switchbacks that level off and take you to a fork in the trail. But, the best part? You’ll get to see local treasures like Cohab Canyon, and Nels Johnson Bridge, and take in panoramas of Capitol Dome on the horizon. Once you make it to the fork, go right and go under the bridge to take in some of the most impressive desert views in the entire area.  

Because this trail is one of the best hikes in Capitol Reef you’ll want to get up early and hit the trail before sunrise to avoid the crowds. You’ll also want to always stay on the designated trail, avoid narrow canyons, and away from cliff edges while here.

Recommended by Jamie of Photo Jeepers

Hickman Bridge Trail in Capitol Reef National Park
Hickman Bridge Trail

Zion Narrows Bottom-Up to Big Springs Trail

Difficulty: Hard
Length: 8.9 miles
Type: Out & back
AllTrails Link: Zion Narrows Bottom-Up to Big Springs

The Narrows is one of the most famous hiking trails in Utah – if not the entire United States. Located in Zion National Park, this strenuous hike through a scenic slot canyon requires you to get your feet and sometimes much of your body wet, as the hiking trail is in the Virgin River. Because you will spend a good portion of the hike in water, summer is the best time of year to hike The Narrows. The water temperature can be very cold during other times of the year and the canyon is more prone to flash flooding during rainy seasons. 

Despite being rated a hard trail, you can easily hike portions of The Narrows with children if visiting Zion with kids. There are two ways to hike The Narrows, the most popular being the Bottom-Up Trail. This out-and-back trail starts at the Temple of Sinawava via the Riverside Walk trail in Zion. From this trailhead, you can hike approximately 10 miles without a permit, but most people hike about 3 miles to a point on the trail called Wall Street before turning around.

The other way to hike the Narrows is Top-Down. This 16-mile trail is a huge challenge that can either be done as a strenuous one-day hike or more often an overnight through-hike. Keep in mind when planning to hike The Narrows, your hike will take twice as long as a traditional hike because you will be hiking in water and walking on extremely slippery river rocks. For this season, hike poles are strongly recommended!

Recommended by Melissa from Parenthood and Passports

The Narrows Trail in Zion National Park
Zion Narrows Bottom-Up to Big Springs Trail

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    Kanarra Creek Canyon Waterfall Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: 3.7 miles
    Type: Out & back
    AllTrails Link: Kanarra Falls

    On the road between Las Vegas and Page in Southern Utah, the Kanarra Creek Canyon Waterfall hike is comparable to Zion National Park’s Narrows, albeit smaller and with fewer crowds. This moderate 3.7-mile out-and-back hike trudges through unavoidable ankle-to-knee-deep chilly water along the towering sides of a beautiful slot canyon before reaching the highlight of the trip: the picturesque ladder next to the Kanarra Creek Waterfall.

    Climb up the ladder to continue exploring the depths of Kanarra Creek Canyon. Shortly after, a questionable log ladder challenges hikers to continue onwards or return. For those brave enough to venture up, the following deep pools will force you to sideways hike between the canyon walls or wade through waist-deep waters.

    The Kanarra Creek Canyon waterfall hike is a must-do for any adventurer, but you may want to steer clear in the winter months. This hike is best done in the spring or summer when the weather and the creek’s waters are warmer. It is a moderate hike, following the creek for the first half before arriving at the entrance to the canyon.

    It’s best to time the hike, so you will be in the canyon around mid-day for optimal sunshine. This hike can be completed in about 2-3 hours if you plan to return after reaching the second ladder. A $12/person fee is required to enter Kanarra Creek Canyon, limited to 150 permits per day. To ensure that you receive a permit, reserve your ticket online.

    Recommended by Catherine X. of Nomadicated

    Kanarra Creek Canyon Waterfall Hiking Trail in Southern Utah
    Kanarra Creek Canyon Waterfall Trail

    Delicate Arch Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Type: Out & back
    AllTrails Link: Delicate Arch Trail

    It’s no wonder that Arches National Park is one of the most popular of the Mighty Five in Utah to see the state’s natural beauty. With over 2,000 documented stone arches, it’s also no secret where the park got its name. Among the most popular and unique is the Delicate Arch, a 52-foot free-standing arch, which has become a popular symbol known by the entire state.

    The hike to reach Delicate Arch is a moderate 3.2-miles roundtrip hike. Although the trail is rated as moderate, there are definitely points that are tough and require a few extra water breaks. There also is almost no shade along the trail, so it’s recommended to visit early in the morning or in the off-season. Along the entire trail, you’ll be surrounded by the park’s beauty from arches to red rocks to mountains in the distance.

    Plan to set aside about 2 hours to complete the hike to Delicate Arch, and more if you plan to take your photo in front of it. Because of the popularity of this trail, there are likely going to be many people waiting in line for their photos to be taken! This hike is located in a national park, so you will need either a weekly ($30) or annual ($80) pass to enter. The park is also implementing a timed entry reservation system, and all visitors are required to have a reservation.

    Recommended by Kassidy O. of The Hiking Helper

    Delicate Arch Hiking Trail in Arches National Park
    Delicate Arch Trail

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    The Belly of the Dragon Trail

    Difficulty: Easy
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Type: Out & back
    AllTrails Link: The Belly of the Dragon

    Belly of the Dragon is a really fun stop in southern Utah. The trailhead is close by Zion National Park and is only a few miles outside of Kanab, Utah. It is actually an old drainage tunnel that runs underneath Hwy 89 but it resembles the inside of a dragon’s belly and is fun for everyone to hike through.

    The tunnel is long enough that it can be quite dark in the middle, so be sure to bring a flashlight with you. Once you reach the far side of the tunnel, you can continue on through the wash to complete the rest of the hike. There is a 4 or 5-foot drop to get down into the tunnel and climb back out, but it is relatively easy to maneuver.

    Read our complete guide to visiting Belly of the Dragon here!

    The Belly of the Dragon Hiking Trail in Southern Utah
    The Belly of the Dragon Trail

    Corona and Bowtie Arch Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Type: Out & back
    AllTrails Link: Corona and Bowtie Arch Trail

    Located just outside of Moab, Utah, Corona Arch is one of the less-known hikes in the area. While Corona Arch is an impressive rock formation, it receives very few visitors compared to Arches National Park and other popular places near Moab. This is a 2.3-mile moderate hike that takes you to the red rock of Utah’s backcountry. The hike is located just off Utah Scenic Byway 279 and doesn’t require a permit or fee. All you need to do is park your car and make your way toward the beginning of the trail.

    Since this hike has portions of slick rock, it’s important to wear good hiking shoes. Come here early morning and you will meet very few people, and, if you come on a weekday, you might even have the whole place to yourself! While this is essentially a flat trail, some sections of the hike are more challenging than others and you will also have to climb a ladder to transition between different sections of the hike, so hiking shoes with a good grip will be your best friend on this hike. Additionally, there are no facilities on this hike, and the signage is minimal. When hiking this trail, you will mostly find cairns – piles of rocks that serve as markers telling you that you are on the right way. 

    By the end of the hike, you will arrive at an impressive sandstone arch that is surrounded by red rock landscapes in all directions. This is a remote area, so it’s important to bring enough water and snacks. Although this is not a long trail, you could get dehydrated quickly, especially if you hike in summer when it can be hot and dry. Plan about 2 hours for this trip because you will most likely want to spend some time taking pictures at the arch once you get there.

    Recommended by Daria B. of The Discovery Nut

    Corona and Bowtie Arch Hiking Trail near Arches National Park
    Corona and Bowtie Arch Trail

    Leprechaun Canyon Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Type: Out & back
    AllTrails Link: Leprechaun Canyon

    One of the best-underrated hikes in Utah is Leprechaun Canyon. This hike is outstanding due to its remoteness and beautiful slot canyons. The trail is just over 2 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 141 ft. It features a very narrow slot canyon as well as a large open canyon. This is an excellent hike for the whole family since it is relatively easy. 

    Bring plenty of water even if you go in the off-season because some areas are exposed to the hot desert sun. The trail is located off of Highway 95 south of Hanksville. If you are around Goblin Valley State Park, this is a fabulous easy getaway. You only need a maximum of 2 hours to complete. The best time to go is during the day on a weekday so you can have the trail all to yourself.

    Sadly dogs are not allowed on this trail, which is fine because the slot canyons can get pretty tight. If you are a rock climber or canyoneer, you can go further on the trail using ropes; just be watchful of the weather and make sure there is no rain in the forecast. Even if you are not an advanced climber, this is still a fantastic trail that should be on everyone’s bucket list. 

    Recommended by Michelle S. of The Wandering Queen

    Leprechaun Canyon Hiking Trail in Southern Utah
    Leprechaun Canyon Trail

    Angels Landing Trail

    Difficulty: Hard
    Length: 4.4 miles
    Type: Out & back
    AllTrails Link: Angels Landing Trail

    The Angels Landing hike should be on the list of anyone looking for the best hiking trails in southern Utah. This epic hike is considered one of the most dangerous in the world and one of the most rewarding. Part of the hike traverses a narrow sandstone ridge with 500-foot drop-offs on either side. Hikers use chains to protect them from the extreme exposure of the route. Hikers with a fear of heights will definitely be challenged by Angels Landing.

    Angels Landing is in Zion National Park. You will need a park pass at $35 for a week. The trailhead is at the Grotto past Zion Lodge. The park shuttle is the best way to access it. The hike is 4.4 miles round trip and you should allow 3-4 hours for the trek.

    The hike starts with a pleasant walk through the shady Refrigerator Canyon on the West Rim trail. Soon you will encounter Walter’s Wiggles, a series of switchbacks ascending 250 feet up the canyon. Take a rest and stop at the top at Scout Landing for views of the valley and the steep hike to come. From here the chain section up Angels Landing starts and is the most challenging part of the hike. 

    Once on the summit, you will have panoramic views of spacious Zion Canyon, one of the many amazing canyons in southern Utah. The best time to go is in the spring or fall when the temperature is lower. Avoid the crowds by starting very early in the day or in the off-season.

    Recommended by Karen W. of Outdoor Adventure Sampler

    Angels Landing Hiking Trail in Zion National Park
    Angels Landing Trail

    Toadstool Hoodoos Trail

    Difficulty: Easy
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Type: Out & back
    AllTrails Link: Toadstool Hoodoos Trail

    Although not as grand as the nearby Goblin Valley hoodoos and Bryce Canyon hoodoos, the Toadstool Hoodoos trail is still fun and is quite unique. The trail is quite easy at less than 2 miles round trip, but there are a few steep cliffs so you may avoid this hike if you are afraid of heights. This trail is located in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument just outside of Kanab, Utah

    The Toadstool Hoodoos Trail is almost as fun as the hoodoos themselves! You will start off in a wash although it wasn’t too sandy thankfully. After a short time, you will start the climb up above the wash. There are a few sections where you are walking across a bridge-like section with drop-offs on both sides. Once you reach the Toadstool Hoodoos, you can explore the area surrounding them and take pictures before heading back.

    Although this is a short hike, you will still want to take plenty of water and avoid hiking during the heat of the day if possible. There is only an elevation gain of 141 feet so it really is a fairly easy hike for almost anyone. Even our dogs thoroughly enjoyed the hike!

    Toadstool Hoodoos Hiking Trail in Southern Utah
    Toadstool Hoodoos Trail

    Grand View Point Trail

    Difficulty: Easy
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Type: Out & back
    AllTrails Link: Grand View Point Trail

    One of the best hiking trails in southern Utah is Grand View Point in Canyonlands National Park. Often overlooked by its popular sister park, Arches, the hiking in Canyonlands is far superior for views.

    Canyonlands National Park is home to three regions – Island in the Sky, The Needles, and The Maze. Island in the Sky is more popular for visitors because it’s close to Moab, Utah and the other two regions are more remote. Grand View Point Trail is one of the best hikes in Canyonlands National Park. It’s located in the Island in the Sky district and it does not require a reservation or entry fee beyond the typical park entrance fee.

    Hiking to Grand View Point, you’ll get stunning views of the canyon nearly the entire way. Canyonlands offers massive canyon views, similar to the Grand Canyon only on a smaller scale. Grand View Point Trail is an out-and-back trail coming in at just 2 miles and rated as easy. Expect to take an hour during this hike, or more if you make lots of stops for rest or photos.

    This hike is best done in spring or fall to avoid the summertime heat in southern Utah or the snow in the winter. However, if you’re visiting the region during summertime, just go early in the morning as there’s no shade during this hike. While you’re in Canyonlands, be sure to drive the Island in the Sky scenic drive, stopping at Green River Overlook, Shaffer Canyon Overlook, and the quick 0.5 Mesa Arch trail.

    Recommended by Nikki of She Saves She Travels

    Grand View Point Hiking Trail in Canyonlands National Park
    Grand View Point Trail

    Cassidy Arch Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: 3.1 miles
    Type: Out & back
    AllTrails Link: Cassidy Arch Trail

    Capitol Reef is the least visited national park in Utah but still has so much to offer. One of the best things to do in the park is a hike to Cassidy Arch. This trail leads to a stunning view of a giant arch with gorgeous scenery along the way. To visit Capitol Reef National Park, there is a $20 fee per vehicle. If you only have one day in Capitol Reef, the Cassidy Arch trail should be on your list. 

    As you drive to the trail, be prepared for a short unpaved road, but any car should be able to make it. It is best to hike this trail in the morning to beat the heat and the crowds. Allow 1-2 hours to complete the hike and take some photos. The Cassidy Arch trail is just over 3 miles in length with over 600 feet in elevation gain. The elevation gain is pretty steady but there are some steep and rocky sections, making the trail moderately difficult. The hike is very exposed to the sun, so be sure to bring plenty of water and sun protection. 

    During the hike, you’ll enjoy views of colorful rocks as you look down at Grand Wash. When you reach the top, you can get an amazing view standing directly across from the arch and even walk across the top. You may even see people rappelling down from the arch (which requires a permit).

    Recommended by Lydia W. of Lost With Lydia

    Cassidy Arch Trail in Capitol Reef National Park
    Cassidy Arch Trail

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      Cinder Cone Trail

      Difficulty: Moderate
      Length: 1.7 miles
      Type: Out & back
      AllTrails Link: Cinder Cone Trail

      Have you ever wanted to hike to the top of a volcano? You may be surprised to learn that you could actually check that off your bucket list in Southern Utah! While this area may be more famous for red sandstone cliffs, there was quite a lot of volcanic activity here, and if you pay close attention you’ll see lots of black lava rock even in places like Capitol Reef and Zion.

      To hike a volcano, head to Snow Canyon State Park just a few minutes north of St. George, Utah. Just outside the north entrance to the park sits the Santa Clara Volcano, which last erupted 27,000 years ago and formed not one, but two cinder cones. The north cinder cone sits on private land and doesn’t have any marked trails but the south cinder cone features a 1.7-mile round trip trail called Cinder Cone Trail.

      Once you hike to the top, you can circle the entire rim of the volcano and scope out epic views of the red and white sandstone cliffs of Snow Canyon, or even descend into the cinder cone if you so desire. The trailhead only has a few parking spots but it sits outside of the popular state park, so it is rarely busy. This is a real hidden gem but one of the best bucket-list-worthy hikes in Southern Utah.

      Recommended by JJ of The Mini Van Bucket List

      Cinder Cone Hiking Trail in Southern Utah
      Cinder Cone Trail

      Wall Street and Queens Garden Loop Trail

      Difficulty: Moderate
      Length: 3.2 miles
      Type: Loop trail
      AllTrails Link: Wall Street and Queens Garden Loop Trail

      One of the most beautiful hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park is the Wall Street and Queens Garden Loop Trail. It is one of the most popular trails in the park because you are able to hike down into the gorgeous hoodoos. The views are incredible! There is a $35 entrance fee for Bryce Canyon National Park if you do not have an America the Beautiful national park pass.

      There are some steep switchbacks along this trail and an elevation gain of 643 feet which makes this a more moderate trail. It is recommended to bring plenty of water and leave yourself enough time to take breaks as needed. The Fairyland Loop Trail is also very popular but is 7.8 miles round-trip. I recommend sticking with the Wall Street and Queens Garden Loop Trail if you’re not up for a difficult challenge.

      If you are able to, consider visiting this area in the winter. There are much fewer visitors to the park in the winter months so these popular trails aren’t quite as slammed. Additionally, if you are lucky enough to visit on a day when it is snowing, the contrast of the white snow falling through the bright red and orange hoodoos is stunning! Located in one of my 2 favorite Utah national park areas, this is certainly worthy of being one of the best national park bucket list hikes!

      Wall Street and Queens Garden Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park
      Wall Street and Queens Garden Loop Trail

      Mesa Arch Trail

      Difficulty: Easy
      Length: 0.7 miles
      Type: Loop trail
      AllTrails Link: Mesa Arch Trail

      One of the easiest and best hikes in Southern Utah is the hike to Mesa Arch. This is a famous photo spot that many people erroneously assume is in Arches National Park, but it’s actually located in Canyonlands National Park, about a 30-minute drive north of Moab. You will need to pay a $30 vehicle fee to enter Canyonlands unless you already have a national park pass.

      The hike to Mesa Arch is easily done via a 0.7-mile loop which brings you out to the arch! However, do note that the path is not paved and is a bit rocky. You will need to watch your step while hiking, and it is not ADA-accessible. Despite its short length, it may be a little difficult for families using strollers or elderly people. While the hike is short, about 20-30 minutes including some time for photos, the payoff is wonderful!

      Mesa Arch is located on a cliff so it frames the canyon below it perfectly. The views of the La Sal Mountains in the distance add to the magic. Plus, you can walk right up to the arch for a great photo opp. The hike is busiest at sunrise when the sun comes up for that famous “sunburst” effect where the rising sun shines through the arch. However, it’s usually pretty quiet at other times of the day, and equally as spectacular! While you should definitely also do some of the other arch hikes in the region, such as Delicate Arch and Corona Arch, you really shouldn’t leave a visit to Mesa Arch off of your Moab itinerary!

      Recommended by Allison G. of Eternal Arrival

      Mesa Arch Hiking Trail in Canyonlands National Park
      Mesa Arch Trail

      Yant Flats Trail

      Difficulty: Moderate
      Length: 3.4 miles
      Type: Out & back
      AllTrails Link: Yant Flats Trail

      One of the most unique hikes in Utah is also an overlooked hike near the city of St. George in the southwest corner of the state. The hike to Yant Flat is mostly along a dirt path through a forested area. It’s a mild trail with a slight incline and a sandy path towards the end. The trail itself is pretty uneventful but what makes this trail worthwhile are the Candy Cliffs.

      The Candy Cliffs are incredible formations of orange and gray swirled rocks that you’ll reach at the end of the trail. The rock pattern sort of looks like a dragon’s back and the coloring is very unique. This section of the hike is very exploratory and can be strenuous if you want to hike up and down the colored swirls. You’ll also get great views of the distant mountains.

      The best time to hike Yant Flat is early in the morning or later in the afternoon as the Candy Cliffs are entirely exposed to the sun. The hike takes about an hour and a half to two hours to complete depending on how long you want to explore the cliffs. It’s well worth the hike and gives you some different landscapes to check out in Utah.

      Recommended by Ashley J. of Jetset Jansen

      Yant Flats Hiking Trail in Southern Utah
      Yant Flats Trail

      In closing

      I hope that you have found this list of the best hiking trails in southern Utah inspiring! Which one is at the top of your bucket list? Let me know down in the comments below!

      Happy hiking!

      Much Love, Janae xoxo
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