More than seventy percent of Utah is public land, which includes:
- Five national parks
- Nine million acres of national forest
- Millions of acres belonging to the national monuments and national recreation areas (including the monumental Grand Staircase–Escalante and diverse Flaming Gorge)
- Forty-two percent of the state's land managed by the Bureau of Land Management
All of these locations add up to unbelievable choices for hiking trails that would take more than a lifetime to complete. So, it's time to get hiking.
In Northern Utah, spend some time checking out trails in the Salt Lake City area. Then gain a little elevation in the High Uintas, Utah's highest mountain range, accessed from Kamas, Utah, only 20 minutes east of Park City, or 45 minutes from Salt Lake City.
If your Utah trip takes you to Southern Utah, see our guide for hiking in Southern Utah, as well as our guide for hiking in Moab, for family and adventure hikes across that famous Utah red rock in Zion and other destinations.
- Before setting out on any hike, check with local rangers or guidebooks about a hike's difficulty ratings, descriptions and cautionary advice.
- Observe the seasons. Trail conditions vary with each season and can determine whether you choose to head for the mountains or opt for a desert hiking trail.
- Never hike alone, always tell your friends and family where you are going and when you plan to return, and keep them updated on your location if possible.
- Always carry plenty of water in both the deserts and mountains. Each person should carry one liter of water for every two hours of hiking time. For a full day hike, that adds up to one full gallon per person. It's important to keep hydrated, even if you don't feel thirsty.
- Bring plenty of high-energy snacks that will help keep your energy up all the way back to your car.
- Practice Leave No Trace principles along the trail and respect nature’s desired and needed permanence.
- See these resources for traveling thoughtfully and experiencing Utah most fully.
- Most importantly, have a safe, fun and rewarding experience hiking in Utah — oh, and let us know your favorite hikes by posting on social media with the hashtag #VisitUtah.