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The Utah Mighty 5’s Most Unique Hiking Trails

As our name suggests, tours to the Utah Mighty 5 are some of our most popular options among guests. From the towering red rock cliffs of Zion to the gravity-defying expanses in Arches to the other-worldly hoodoos in Bryce Canyon, the Mighty 5 are home to some of the most incredible natural landscapes in the country. Utah Luxury Tours offers a number of tours with visits to Utah’s national parks. One of the most popular ways to experience these parks is by hiking.

Each of the Mighty 5 is packed with incredible hiking trails in a range of difficulty levels, which means that there’s truly a hike for everyone. If you’re thinking about booking one of our Utah hiking trips, keep reading. We’re covering the most unique trail in every park. Which ones will you cross off your bucket list during one of our Utah hiking tours?

Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

Compared to some of the other trails on this list, the Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park will sound like a breeze. But don’t let the distance fool you; during your 2.9-mile round-trip hike, you’ll climb steep inclines and trudge along endless switchbacks.

On this hike, you’ll get a tour of the park’s most famous feature; the natural amphitheater. Marvel at colorful hoodoos and stunning ridges lined with green pines. You can also enjoy one of the best views in the park at Sunrise Point. 

There are two sides to this loop trail; Two Bridges and Wall Street. Only one side, Two Bridges, is open year round. The Wall Street side is only open during the winter months. When the Wall Street side is closed during the winter, you can hike the Two Bridges side as an out-and-back trail instead.

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

One of the most photographed and visited spots in the state, let alone the Utah Mighty 5, is Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. Perhaps the reason this trail is so popular is that it’s relatively easy, at least compared to some of the other parks’ top trails. 

At just 3 miles round trip, it won’t even take you a half-day to walk. Of the more than 2,000 arches in the park, this freestanding attraction rises high above the horizon, making for an excellent photo opportunity. Visitors come at all times of day, to capture photos of sunsets, sunrises, and even stars peeking through the arch.

This trail would be a great option for individuals who might not be up for some of the more difficult trails included on this list. Our Utah hiking tours are great for individuals of all ages, including seniors. On our tours, we’ll help you customize your experience with hiking trails that suit your abilities, such as the Delicate Arch trail.

The Narrows in Zion National Park

Drawing thousands of visitors a year to Zion all on its own, The Narrows is perhaps as famous as the park itself. That’s because the trail winds through its namesake feature; a massive slot canyon, one of the largest in the country.

You’ll have to get your feet wet to enjoy this trail, as the Virgin River runs through the canyon. This trail offers two options; a Top-Down hike or a Bottom-Up hike. For the full Top-Down hike, you’ll need to get a backcountry permit. You’ll also need to arrange transportation to Chamberlain’s Ranch. This property is outside of the park and is the only way to access the start of this challenging, 16-mile hike.

The more popular option we recommend during our Utah hiking tours is a Bottom-Up hike. For this hike, you’ll first hike the Riverside Walk, a short, easy trail located at the very end of Zion’s Lower Canyon. At the end of the hike, you’ll find a few short steps to the banks of the Virgin River. From here, you can hike upstream as long as you’d like, before turning around to hike back out.

Because this trail is mostly located in the Virgin River, it often closes in the spring due to high water levels. If it’s closed during one of Utah hiking tours, don’t fret; our guides can help you find a great alternative hike!

Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park

Another popular stop on our Utah hiking trips is Canyonlands National Park. This park is home to the shortest trail on this list—and the trail with one of the best views! It takes just a half-mile of easy walking to reach this incredible sight. Nonetheless, it’s a trail that should be on everyone’s bucket list, from beginner hikers to experienced pros.

Mesa Arch is one of the most recognized landmarks in all of Utah. Rising high above the red rocks and jagged landscape, this massive arch features a 500-foot drop-off off the back that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

Many visitors to the park choose to visit the arch in the early morning, when you can catch the sun’s rays reflecting off the bottom of the arch, illuminating it bright orange. But no matter what time of day you visit, it’s a beautiful sight.

Hickman Bridge in Capitol Reef National Park

Canyonland National Park’s Mesa Arch is far from the only massive arch in the state. Capitol Reef National Park has a similar sight, although it is classified as a natural bridge rather than an arch.

Hickman Bridge is a 133-foot-long natural bridge that rises out of the rocky landscape. The bridge rises over 120 feet in the area at the center. To get here, you’ll only need to walk a moderate 2-mile trail. The trail also features 17 spots to pause and observe everything from an Indian granary to another, much smaller natural bridge, making this an ideal hiking spot for families. Hike it in the spring and you’ll get to enjoy the colorful wildflowers that bloom here.

Booking a Tour of the Utah Mighty 5

Ready to experience some of the incredible hiking trails on this list? There’s no better way to do so than with Utah hiking tours from Utah Luxury Tours. Our incredible tours help guests of all ages experience the very best of our country’s national parks. Check out our available tours today to find the right one for your next vacation.

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