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Backpacking in Utah

A month full of weekend backpacking trips into Utah's national parks.

by chaynesAbout Me:I'm a travel enthusiast with a passion for food, good hikes, and adventure. read more

North AmericaUnited States3 days / November 2020

Highs & Lows

Jacob Hamblin Arch

Our tent filling with sand

Itinerary Overview

For a month, my girlfriend and I worked remotely from southern Utah and explored the state's national parks. Each weekend, we picked a park, packed our backpacks, and ventured into surreal landscapes. The parks are fairly close together, making it easy to stay in one place and take excursions. Our itinerary included Zion National Park,  Bryce Canyon, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The landscapes of each of these areas are truly breathtaking. The time of year was perfect as well: not too busy, not too hot, not too cold (well, Bryce was a little chilly), and beautiful fall foliage. Needless to say, by the end of the month, all of our shoes and gear were stained red from the rocks and clay. There are plenty of places we didn't make it to - Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, the list goes on... - but it's always better to leave wanting to come back for more (at least in my opinion).

  • 1 Night: Zion National Park
  • 2 Nights: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have stayed another week or two to visit more parks.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Always check the weather forecast (and history) before entering a slot canyon. You don't want to be surprised by a flash flood!

  • Packing tips?

    Pack for hot days and cold nights.

  • Transportation Tips?

    If you don't have an SUV, rent one if you want to drive in Grand Staircase. The roads are pretty unforgiving.

  • Any surprises?

    National parks are free on national holidays, and we just so happened to visit Bryce Canyon on Veterans Day.