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Super Ultimate Hiking And Outdoor Utah Bucket List

This winter instead of making a yearly state to-do list, I decided to just make a bigger state bucket list.  Then I decided to turn this into a little series.  I wanted to do specific states that I spend a lot of time in, want to spend a lot of time in, or am close to a lot.  I also wanted to do more general regional bucket lists for all the other things I want to do, which is a lot.  They are all pretty outdoor focused with a few non-outdoorsy things, too.

Next up in my series is my outdoor Utah Bucket list.  As I do things and write posts for them, I’ll update this to link back to those.  If I do something and don’t have a post, I’ll just cross it out.  I would like to do one a month with 12 total.  These bucket lists are partially to help me keep track of things, but also to inspire you to get out there, too.

I have done a Utah bucket list before, but it was much more general and a great way to help plan a road trip.  This Utah bucket list was going to be a lot more specific with actual hikes, not just parks or drives and a few hikes.  So instead of getting rid of the old one and making a new one, I combined them into this awesome list.

Utah bucket list-worthy State Parks

National Park hikes for your Utah bucket list


Bryce Canyon

Capitol Reef



  • Catch sunrise at Mesa Arch
  • Drive White Rim Road
  • Escape the crowds in The Needles District
  • See Horseshoe Canyon
  • Drive The Maze District and see the Dollhouse
  • Hike to Druid Arch
  • Hike to the Great Gallery Pictographs
  • Chesler Park Joint Trail Loop

Glen Canyon

  • Climb to the cliff dwellings at the Defiance House Ruins
  • Get in Annie’s Crack (I have, but don’t have pictures or a post)
  • Hike the Smith Fork Slot Canyons
  • Boat to Cathedral in the Desert
  • Unleash your inner explorer and look for Dinosaur tracks (I’ve seen one at Rainbow bridge in the post below)
  • Search for petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks
  • Scramble up Hole-in-the-Rock
  • See Reflection Canyon
  • Drive to Tapestry Wall
  • See Rainbow Bridge
  • Boat on Lake Powell
  • Climb further up Cathedral in the Desert

National Monuments to add to your Utah bucket list

Grand Staircase Escalante

  • Coyote Gulch
  • Golden Cathedral
  • Hole-In-The-Rock (drive)
  • Zebra slot canyon
  • Peek-a-boo slot canyon
  • Spooky slot canyon
  • Willis Creek Slot Canyon
  • Cosmic Ashtray
  • Upper Calf Creek Falls
  • Escalante River Trail
  • Devils Garden
  • Lower calf creek falls
  • 100 Hands Pictograph

Greater Salt Lake Area (Northern Utah) bucket list hikes

  • Bonneville Salt Flats
  • Great Salt Lake
  • Lake Blanche
  • White Pine Lake
  • Lofty Lake Loop
  • Brighton Lakes
  • Fantasy Canyon
  • Diamond Fork Hot Springs

Scenic Backways and Byways for your Utah bucket list

Other Hikes in Southern Utah that are bucket list-worthy

  • Buckskin Gulch
  • Kannaraville Falls
  • The Wave
  • White Pocket
  • Buckskin Hollow
  • Little Wild Horse Canyon
  • Ding and Dang
  • Corona Arch
  • Navajo Arch
  • Nine Mile Canyon petroglyphs
  • Rochester Panel petroglyphs
  • Paria Canyon
  • Little Sahara Dunes
  • Diamond Fork/Fifth Water hot springs
  • False Kiva
  • Target Ruin at Butler Wash
  • See the Spiral Jetty
  • Boulder Mail Trail
  • Stay at Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch
  • Bonneville Salt Flats
  • Fantasy Canyon
  • Moab mastodon petroglyph
  • Moonflower Canyon petroglyphs
  • Snake in the mouth petroglyph
  • Owl Panel
  • Head of Sinbad petroglyph
  • Molen Reef petroglyphs
  • Buckhorn Wash petroglyphs
  • Hidden Panel
  • Crack Canyon
  • Ochre Alcove
  • Old Woman Wash
  • Timpanogos Falls

That’s all for my outdoor Utah bucket list for now.  As I find new things, I’ll add them.  And unlike my other bucket lists, I have too many posts to list each one here, but you can find all of them linked out from my Utah road trip guide.

Have you done any of these things?  Which ones?  Is there anything else I should consider adding to my Utah bucket list, especially in the Salt Lake area?

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3 thoughts on “Super Ultimate Hiking And Outdoor Utah Bucket List

  1. I like lists too! Gosh, I would love to do at list a third of these things. I haven’t explored Utah as much as I want. This morning I saw a post about hiking at Antelope Island. What a gorgeous place!

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