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National Parks Hiking

Every Utah national park and national site offers a variety of intriguing trails from accessible routes to grand overlooks to backcountry explorations. Here are a few guides for helping you get started, divided into Family and Adventure categories. Since the scale and level of adventure ranges from park to park, pay close attention to length and season and be sure to check conditions with local rangers. For specific park guides, follow the links below or check out our Top 10 Family-Friendly Hikes in Utah's National Parks to see a snapshot of The Mighty 5® hiking experience.

Arches National Park

Family Guide (includes the scenic Park Avenue and Landscape Arch trails)

Adventure Guide (includes the iconic Delicate Arch and Double O Arch trails)

Bryce Canyon National Park

Family Guide (includes the popular Navajo Loop and Queens Garden)

Adventure Guide (includes the Fairyland Loop and premier backpacking Under the Rim Trail)

Canyonlands National Park

Family Guide (includes hikes for both Island in the Sky and Needles districts)

Adventure Guide (the long day hikes or overnight hikes of Canyonlands)

Capitol Reef National Park

Must-See Guide (includes the massive Hickman Bridge and links to other hikes and drives)

Zion National Park

Family Guide (includes the instantly recognizable Watchman and Emerald Pools)

Adventure Guide (includes the bucket-list Angels Landing and Narrows hikes)

Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument

As the name implies, Grand Staircase–Escalante wraps multiple regions into one vast national monument. Each section has incredible hiking, but with this caution: the monument is very rugged and even the "family friendly" hikes are considerably more difficult than neighboring parks. Read the specifications carefully and be sure to check at visitor centers for current conditions.

Escalante Canyons Guidebook (includes Lower and Upper Calf Creek Falls)

Grand Staircase Guidebook (includes Kodachrome Basin State Park and the Buckskin Gulch adventure hike)

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Wildcat Trail (your guide to the only self-guided trail in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park)

Must-Do Guide (the scenic drives and geology of Monument Valley and area attractions)