Best Hikes and Views in Utah

Utah is part of the United States Southwest region and one of the most otherworldly areas in North America. The state is most well known for its “Mighty 5” which consists of Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Zion National Parks. Here are my favorite places I’ve visited in Utah.

1. Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park is just 40 minutes outside of Moab, UT and is right next to Canyonlands National Park. The fee for a day pass is $20 per vehicle up to 8 people. You can drive almost right up to the edge so no real hiking is required. I’ve been here for both sunset and sunrise and both were equally beautiful as I watched the canyon turn different hues of purples, blues, and pinks.


2. Double Arch Hike

Double Arch Hike in Arches National Park is very short and breathtaking but can also get extremely crowded very quickly since it’s such a short walk from the designated parking lot. Get here early to avoid the lines of tourists. I got here late in the day around noon and had to get creative to cut out all the people below.

Distance: 0.6 miles round trip

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3. Delicate Arch Hike

Delicate Arch Hike is my favorite hike I did while I was in Arches National Park. I somehow managed to do this hike 3 times in under 24 hours in the Utah summer heat. I did the hike once in late afternoon so I could navigate it in the dark before the sun came up, once before sunrise the next morning, and then again at midnight for Milky Way photos. This place is special and deserves to be on your list.

Distance: 3.2 miles round trip

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4. Zion Canyon Overlook Trail

Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion National Park is a perfect destination for a sunrise mission. The parking lot is easily accessible by paved road, the hike is short and level, and the view is gorgeous.

Distance: 1.0 mile round trip

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5. Factory Butte

Factory Butte is only about a 20 minute drive from Hanksville, Utah. We drove through the night from Las Vegas to get here for sunrise and I was able to capture these gorgeous pastels on the butte. We only had a two wheel drive car with a little bit of clearance (it was a hybrid Kia) and we were able to get within one half mile of the butte.

Distance: 0.5 miles to 1 mile depending on where you park


6. Moonscape Overlook

Moonscape overlook is probably the most otherworldly place I’ve visited in Utah. It feels like you’re on Mars. You can drive right up to the edge of the overlook, park, and even camp for free.

The road to Moonscape Overlook is accessible by a two wheel drive car. We were able to get here in a hybrid Kia.


7. Long Dong Silver

Long Dong Silver looks like something straight out of Mordor from Lord of the Rings.

It’s really easy to get to and you can drive all the way here. There are signs that say “No Motor Vehicles” about 1 mile away from the formation (we stopped here and hiked) but there were about 6 cars parked right at Long Dong Silver and no one got in trouble.