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TOP 25 DAY HIKES IN SOUTHERN UTAH

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park Little Wildhorse Canyon Lower Calf Creek Falls, Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument

Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 day hikes in southern Utah!

There is a full lifetime worth of hiking to be found in southern Utah. Some of the world's best slot canyons, natural bridges, arches, petroglyphs and ancient ruins are found in this special region. Many of the best hikes are located in the "Mighty Five" national parks, but there are also some fantastic BLM-managed lands and several excellent national monuments to explore too.

With hundreds of miles of trails, it can be tough to decipher which trails are the very best in southern Utah. We've done that homework for you, and as such, we are proud to present what we feel are the top 25 day hikes in southern Utah. If you are blessed with an opportunity to hike any of these 5-star rated trails, you absolutely should!

Take note that we have purposely excluded the following types of trails: (a) those that require extensive cross-country ("bushwhacking") travel; (b) technical slot canyons; and (c) hikes that require extensive 4WD high clearance travel to get to the trailhead.

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STATE HIKE / TRAIL NAME PARK TOTAL ROUND-TRIP DISTANCE
Utah Angels Landing Zion National Park 5.0 miles
Utah Buckskin Gulch (via Wire Pass) Vermillion Cliffs National Monument minimum of 3.4 miles (longer options are available)
Utah Chesler Park Loop Canyonlands National Park 10.5 mile loop (longer options are available)
Utah Corona Arch BLM-land 3.0 miles
Utah Delicate Arch Arches National Park 3.0 miles
Utah Devil's Garden Loop Arches National Park 7.2 mile loop
Utah Druid Arch Canyonlands National Park 10.8 miles (longer options are available)
Utah Fairyland Loop Bryce Canyon National Park 8.6 mile loop
Utah Fisher Towers BLM-land 4.4 miles
Utah Golden Cathedral / Neon Canyon Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 9.5 miles
Utah Hickman Bridge Capitol Reef National Park 2.4 miles
Utah Horseshoe Canyon Canyonlands National Park 7.0 miles
Utah Kanarra Creek BLM-land 3.5 miles
Utah Little Wildhorse Canyon / Bell Canyon Loop BLM-land 8.0 mile loop
Utah Lower Calf Creek Falls Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 6.2 miles
Utah Mesa Arch Canyonlands National Park 0.7 mile loop
Utah Natural Bridges Loop National Bridges National Monument 8.6 mile loop
Utah Observation Point Zion National Park 8.0 miles
Utah Peekaboo Loop Bryce Canyon National Park 5.5 miles (longer options are available)
Utah Peek-a-Boo Canyon & Spooky Gulch Loop Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 3.5 mile loop
Utah Queens Garden / Navajo Loop Trail Bryce Canyon National Park 3.0 mile loop (longer options are available)
Utah Tower Arch Arches National Park 3.4 miles
Utah Wahweap Hoodoos Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 9.2 miles
Utah Willis Creek Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 4.0 miles
Utah Zion Narrows / Virgin River Narrows Zion National Park up to 6 miles (upstream) or 16 miles (downstream)


Angels Landing, Zion National Park
Angels Landing, Zion National Park

Chesler Park, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park
Chesler Park, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park

Corona Arch, BLM-land, Moab
Corona Arch, BLM-land, Moab

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Devils Garden Loop, Arches National Park
Devils Garden Loop, Arches National Park

Druid Arch, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park
Druid Arch, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park

Little Wildhorse Canyon
Little Wildhorse Canyon

Lower Calf Creek Falls, Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument
Lower Calf Creek Falls, Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument

Mesa Arch, Islands in the Sky District, Canyonlands
Mesa Arch, Islands in the Sky District, Canyonlands

Peekaboo Loop, Bryce Canyon National Park
Peekaboo Loop, Bryce Canyon National Park

Navajo Loop, Bryce Canyon National Park
Navajo Loop, Bryce Canyon National Park

Tower Arch, Arches National Park
Tower Arch, Arches National Park

Zion Narrows, Zion National Park
Zion Narrows, Zion National Park

RUNNER-UPS: HIKES ALMOST GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE THE TOP 25 LIST

Here are a list of other fantastic hikes in southern Utah that we considered for the top 25 list above. We highly recommend each and every one of these hikes (in other words, make sure they are all placed on your bucket list). Please send us an email @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you know of any hikes worthy of being on this list.

STATE HIKE / TRAIL NAME PARK
Utah Canyon Overlook Trail Zion National Park
Utah Cassidy Arch Capitol Reef National Park
Utah Cohab Canyon Capitol Reef National Park
Utah Escalante River Trail Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Utah Fiery Furnace Arches National Park
Utah Manns and Tomaski Peaks Manti-La Sal National Forest
Utah Moon House Ruins BLM-land
Utah Navajo Knobs / Rim Overlook Capitol Reef National Park
Utah Rim Trail Bryce Canyon National Park
Utah Robbers Roost BLM-land
Utah Sand Dune Arch & Broken Arch Arches National Park
Utah Syncline Loop Canyonlands National Park
Utah Windows Loop Arches National Park
Utah Yellow Rock Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument




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