Adventure in The Mighty 5®
Summer is the best. From the first signs of spring to the last frost, warm-weather travelers in Utah begin emerging from their winter slumber. By summer, the red rock is primed for adventure. The overwhelming lure of Southern Utah overtakes many of us. There's no better place to satisfy your yearning for adventure than Utah's Mighty 5 national parks — Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion. Whether adventure for you means hiking, backpacking, climbing, canyoneering, or simply camping out under the stars, Utah will help you make the most of 2016.
Inspiring Adventures in The Mighty 5®
Hike the Fiery Furnace
Challenge your way-finding skills in this twisting labyrinth of brilliant red rock fissures and spines so intricate it would be impossible to find your way out without a guide.
Scramble through Elephant Canyon
This remote trail in The Needles District offers spectacular views of Canyonlands and Druid Arch. Explore a sandy canyon bottom and test your mettle scrambling up slickrock sections and climbing a fixed ladder. Carry plenty of water and a jacket if the evenings get cool and watch the forecast for those afternoon thundershowers.
Backpack Upper Muley Twist
Discover one of the true hidden gems of the U.S. National Park System. This highly scenic hiking route offers stunning views of the Capitol Reef's trademark Waterpocket Fold, arches and petrified sand dunes. Options make the total loop between 9-15 miles, making an overnight stay preferred. Reservations required. Come harvest season, bag some seasonal fruit in the park's historic orchards then get ready for a stunning hike.
Trail Run the Fairyland Loop
The jaw-dropping vistas and soft single track make this loop ideal for runners to hit the trail. Over the course of 8.25 miles you'll fly past neon hoodoos and spires, then through fragrant forests of Juniper, and Ponderosa Pine.
Canyoneer the Subway
If you're not afraid to get wet, one of the most spectacular landscapes imaginable awaits you deep into the carved redrock canyons of the northern reaches of Zion. This point-to-point hike makes for a long day descending a river canyon, with clear, green water, hanging ferns and some fairly strenuous scrambling. Permits required and rappelling skills suggested.