Southern Utah is one of the most enchanting places on the planet, sitting directly at the crossroads of desolation and flourishing life.
There’s no better way to find out what you’re made of than by spending a few nights deep in the high desert backcountry, traversing from cool, water-filled slot canyons to the ultimate exposure of sandstone trails baking under the sun. If you can push yourself through these adventures, you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable experience. Most of these backpacking trips cover 20+ miles of this stunning terrain, so if you’re up for a challenge, read on and start making your plans.
1. Backpack the Trans-Zion Trek
Photo: Mike Quine