Best Summer Hiking in Utah National Parks

Utah is home to some of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. From the vast canyons and towering mountains of Zion National Park to the red rock formations of Arches National Park, Utah has something for everyone looking for a great outdoor adventure.

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced hiker, there are plenty of trails for summer hiking in Utah National Parks. We created this list of the best summer hiking trails you’ll find at all 5 Utah National Parks.

Utah National Parks Summer Hikes

Hiking in the summer at Utah National Park means HOT temperatures, sometimes exceeding 100 degrees F! And late summer monsoons can cause flash floods.

It’s important to stay hydrated, use sun protection, and get the latest weather information before hitting the trails at all Utah National Parks in the summer!

Be sure to grab a copy of our packing list for Utah National Parks so you’re prepared with the right clothing and gear for summer hiking. You can get a free printable by clicking the graphic below!

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A Photo Tour of Utah National Parks

Take a visual tour through all five Utah National Parks to see the stunning landscapes you’ll see when you visit!

Utah National Parks Summer Weather for Hiking

Deciding the best time to visit Utah National Parks is different for everyone.

Be sure you know the expected Utah National Parks Summer Weather for the parks you’ll visit in June, July, and August:

Tips for Summer Hiking at Utah National Parks

One of the best Utah National Parks activities is hiking. It’s important to be prepared with the right clothing and gear for summer hiking!

Summer Clothing for Hiking

Utah National Parks in the summer will be hot and dry!

  • UV Clothing: Loose-fitting, light-colored, UV protective wicking clothing is recommended for summer hiking!.
  • Sunhat: Sun protection is a must!
  • Fleece jacketsA jacket is perfect for that morning layer when the temperatures are cool.
  • Darn Tough hiking socks: Do not wear cotton socks. Darn Tough Socks are comfortable, breathe well, and prevent blisters!
  • Sturdy hiking shoesHiking shoes or boots should be sturdy with good tread and traction.

Summer Hiking Gear for Utah National Parks

Here’s the hiking gear we recommend for exploring all five parks:

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Best Summer Hiking in Utah National Parks

This list includes the best hiking trails to explore at Utah National Parks in the Summer.

You’ll definitely want to pack your photography gear for hiking to capture the natural beauty you’ll see as you hike through the Utah National Parks.

Arches National Park summer hikes

Summer Hiking at Arches National Park

As you explore the trails at Arches, you’ll see natural stone arches, stone pinnacles, rock fins, and large balanced rocks! You’ll need an Arches Timed Entry ticket during the summer months to enter the park from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Here’s a list of the best Arches National Park Summer Hikes:

  • Park Avenue
  • Balanced Rock
  • The Windows
  • Double Arch
  • Delicate Arch
  • Sand Dune Arch & Broken Arch
  • Skyline Arch
  • Devil’s Garden Trail – Landscape Arch
Bryce Canyon summer hikes

Summer Hiking at Bryce Canyon National Park

We recommend you talk to a park ranger to get the most updated information about trail conditions for all Bryce Canyon hikes. Some trails close due to unsafe conditions due to summer monsoon rain storms.

If you hear thunder seek shelter immediately. This means lightning is within 10 miles. THIS is especially relevant in the summer when the monsoon rain storms roll through!

Most day hikes at Bryce Canyon National Park are found in the Bryce Amphitheater area. This makes it easy to create the best Bryce Canyon hiking experience for the time you have to spend at the park.

Here’s a list of the best Bryce Canyon National Park Summer Hikes:

Canyonlands Summer Hiking Trails

Summer Hiking at Canyonlands National Park

Hiking is one of the best ways to explore the rugged landscape at Canyonlands that has been transformed into a multitude of canyons, mesas, buttes, and arches by the erosion of the Green and Colorado rivers.

Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky is a popular destination for great hikes, spectacular viewpoints and photography. It’s the most popular district to visit because it’s so close to Arches National Park and Moab, about a 30 minute drive.

Needles Canyonlands, on the other hand, takes about an hour and a half to get to from Moab. It has plenty of hiking, backpacking and off-roading trails, making it perfect for adventure seekers.

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or an adventurous hike, you’ll find a variety of Canyonlands National Park Summer Hikes to explore this awesome park!

Island in the Sky Summer Hikes:

  • Mesa Arch
  • Grand View Point
  • Upheaval Dome
  • Whale Rock
  • Aztec Butte

Canyonlands Needles Summer Hikes:

  • Roadside Ruin
  • Pothole Point
  • Cave Springs Trail
  • Chesler Park Loop
  • Druid Arch
summer hikes at Capitol Reef

Summer Hiking at Capitol Reef National Park

This list of Capitol Reef summer hikes details the distance, time, elevation gain, and important information about what it’s like to hike each trail.

We always recommend you talk to a park ranger to get the most updated information about trail conditions and weather, especially during the summer monsoon season!!

The summer monsoons can dump heavy amounts or rain over a short period of time which can result in flash floods. Get up-to-date weather information and watch for changing weather conditions. DO NOT enter a narrow gorge or slot canyon if storms are threatening!

With its vast array of trails, ranging from easy to challenging, Capitol Reef National Park Summer Hikes offer something for every type of hiker.

  • Capitol Gorge
  • Goosenecks Overlook
  • Sunset Point
  • Grand Wash
  • Hickman Bridge
  • Cohab Canyon
  • Cassidy Arch
  • Chimney Rock Loop
Zion National Park Summer Hikes

Summer Hiking at Zion National Park

With its stunning vistas and breathtaking trails, Zion National Park is a great destination for hikers of all levels. In the summer, Zion Canyon is only accessible by using the Zion National Park shuttle.

If you want to avoid the crowds, here’s a list of Zion hikes without the shuttle!

Remember that many trailheads start at an elevation around 5,000 feet. This can make “easy” trails challenging if you’re not used to the higher elevation.

You’ll find HOT temperatures and low humidity at Zion in the summer. Since the temperatures are brutal this time of year, plan your hiking for the cooler mornings and evenings!

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or an intense hike up one of the park’s many peaks, there are plenty of Zion National Park Summer Hikes to choose from.

  • Pa’rus Trail
  • Court of the Patriarchs
  • Emerald Pools
  • Weeping Rock
  • Riverside Walk
  • Canyon Overlook
  • The Narrows
  • Angel’s Landing – Angels Landing permit is required

Utah Travel Guides & Maps

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Travel Guides for Utah National Parks

Check out our Utah National Park travel guides that detail the best things to see, do and photograph at all 5 parks!

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