Utah is finally getting some warmth after a long, cold winter. Now, it’s time to get outside and soak up the springtime sun. One of the best ways to jump-start your body out of the winter blues is hiking. Outdoor exercise is great for your mind and your body. Fortunately, some of the best hikes in Utah are not too far away. Here are some of out favorites, and some tips on hiking safety:

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Best Hikes in Utah

Navajo Loop

  • This trail is located in Tropic, Utah. It is a part of Bryce Canyon National Park, and a great way to see the park’s famous hoodoos. The Navajo Loop is about 3.5 miles long.

Delicate Arch

  • Delicate Arch is a familiar site to Utahans and travelers from around the world. This hike at Arches National Park winds through Moab’s red-rock landscape for about 3.5 miles.

Lone Peak

  • This hike in the Salt Lake area is a somewhat strenuous trek up the mountains. The trail is about 11 miles long, but the amazing scenery and photo opportunities make it worth the effort.

The Narrows

  • The Narrows at Zion National Park are a popular hiking destination.The 3 miles of dry and wet trail sometimes require you to wade in water up to your chest!

Cecret Lake

  • This 2.5 mile hike is great for the whole family. It is a fairly easy, entirely beautiful trail.

Utah Hiking Safety

The best hikes in Utah are only great when they’re experienced safely. Here are some important hiking safety tips:

  • Be Prepared!
    • Make sure to bring the following:
      • Plenty of water (and healthy snacks on a longer hike)
      • First Aid Kit
      • Phone (and a camera if you want to take pictures)
      • Proper clothing, hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses, socks
      • Sunscreen
  • Don’t hike alone!
    • Hiking in groups is not only safer, it is more fun! If you are committed to a solo hike, tell someone close to you your detailed plans.
  • Give yourself time
    • Don’t be rushed — take your time and enjoy the experience.
  • Take care of your body
    • Be well-rested
    • Eat a good, healthy meal before you hike
    • Stay hydrated
    • Stretch, and make sure your body is in shape for your chosen hike

We hope these tips help you safely enjoy the best hikes in Utah. If you are injured while hiking or camping as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact Christensen & Hymas today for a free consultation

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