Southern Utah’s Best Backpacking Routes

My favorite thing about working for Wildland is the fulfillment of our mission to connect people with … well, wild lands. Utah has plenty of course (all we need to do is protect them).

I spend most of my free time out exploring our incredible southern Utah surroundings. And while my miles may be minimal thanks to a 3-year-old (pictured) in tow, it’s easy to develop a deep sense of appreciation for this canyon country that we call home.

I can honestly and enthusiastically tell you that Wildland’s Utah backpacking routes are the best that this incredible region has to offer. These are our favorite backpacking trips in southern Utah.

Boulder Mail Trail

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Historic supply route through the heart of canyon country. 3 to 5 days.

8 Reasons to Hike the Boulder Mail Trail Now (before everyone else does)

Waterpocket Fold

Capitol Reef National Park

The last-mapped landscape in the lower-48. Zion-like Narrows in the middle of the edge of the earth. 6 days.

Article: Capitol Reef Backpacking, Beyond the Fold

Buckskin Gulch

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The longest, deepest slot canyon in the world. Perfect beginner-level backpacking adventure. 3 days.

How do slot canyons form?

Coyote Gulch

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Escalante’s premiere canyon experience. Glen Canyon as it once was. 4 days.


Paria Canyon to Lees Ferry

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

Your own, private Zion. Think Zion Canyon. Top to bottom. But … no road. No crowds. 5 days.

Need more to explore?

Check all of our Utah Hiking Tours or peruse our Backpacking Tours in awesome places across the country.

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