Utah Hiking and Backpacking
We are creating a database of hiking trails, including information, maps and photos. It is organized by destination and includes:
The best way to experience the diverse landscapes of Utah is by walking through them. Utah has some very remote areas that are accessible only to serious backpackers, but routes to other stunningly beautiful scenes are merely "pleasant walks." You'll find that once you get off the beaten path on foot, or even on horseback, Utah's mountains and deserts will "open up" for you in unexpected ways.
We also have specific information on Utah's five prominent hiking regions:
The Utah section of the Great Western Trail provides great opportunities for hiking, snowmobiling, ATVing and other activities. It runs north/south through the center of the state.
Some of Utah's bike trails are also great for hiking.
Utah's excellent guides and outfitters can truly enhance your adventures. Guided hiking trips vary from half-day hiking clinics to multi-day backpacking expeditions. Specialty walking tours focus on ecology, history, geology, or archaeology. Many ranches statewide even provide the chance to do your wandering on horseback, for an hour, or a day, or several days. View a list of Utah's professional backpacking, hiking, horse packing and trail rides guides and outfitters.
Before visiting a backcountry or wilderness area, please check with the administering agency for advice, permits, maps, and information about fire restrictions and other regulations. The "Places to See" section of this website has information on Utah's many types of public lands including national park areas administered for recreational use. Many excellent guidebooks and maps to hiking in Utah are available at the Utah.com store.
Reservations, Fees and Special Passes: Camping is very popular in our national forests, national parks and recreation areas, and state parks. Camping is very popular in our national forests, national parks and recreation areas, and state parks. Advanced reservations are accepted for many campgrounds and can be made via this website: www.reserveamerica.com. (For large group sites in national parks or national forests, reservations are generally required.) For all state parks, advance reservations may be made by calling 800-322-3770, or Salt Lake calling area 322-3770.
Overnight camping and/or day use fees are charged at most of the public campgrounds, depending on the facilities at the individual campground. An Annual State Park Permit is available, allowing free day-use in all state parks. A Family State Park Permit is also available which allows free day-use in one park. For Utah residents 62 years of age and over or permanently disabled, a reduced-cost pass is available. None of these permits provide a reduction in camping fees.
National Parks, National Forests, and BLM offer the Federal Interagency Senior Pass and Federal Interagency Access Pass to provide savings for people who frequently visit national parks and recreation areas.
Backcountry Use: Utah has hundreds of miles of backcountry and trails. Some areas are accessible only to hardy backpackers, while others can be reached via off-highway vehicles or mountain bikes. Visitors should check with the administering agency about fire restrictions and other regulations, including off-highway vehicle restrictions, before heading into the backcountry.
Learn about health and safety issues relating to travel and recreation.
|Back to top||Print this page||E-mail this page|