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.

Bucket list posts

Utah bucket list-worthy State Parks

National Park hikes for your Utah bucket list


  • Brave Angel’s Landing
  • Overlook Angel’s Landing from Observation Point
  • Face the crowds and explore The Narrows
  • Score a permit for The Subway
  • Get off the beaten path on the Wildcat Canyon trail
  • Explore Kolob Canyon away from the crowds
  • Drive Kolob Terrace Road
  • Admire the Emerald Pools
  • Hike to Timber Creek Overlook
  • Hike into Hidden Canyon
  • Look for bighorn sheep at Canyon Overlook
  • Hike the Watchman Trail
  • See Lower Pine Creek Waterfall
  • Hike Petroglyph Canyon
  • Get off the beaten path on the Sand Bench Trail

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
  • Go to the Needles Overlook
  • Hike the Murphy Point Trail
  • Hike to White Rim Overlook
  • Hike to the Great Gallery Pictographs
  • Chesler Park Joint Trail Loop
  • Hike to the Chesler Park Overlook

Glen Canyon

  • Climb to the cliff dwellings at the Defiance House Ruins
  • Get in Annie’s Crack
  • 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
  • Scramble up Hole-in-the-Rock
  • Pick fruit at the Lees Ferry Orchard
  • Hike Cathedral Wash Trail at Lees Ferry
  • Look for condors on the Navajo Bridge
  • See Reflection Canyon
  • Drive to Alstrom Point
  • Kayak Labyrinth Canyon
  • Drive to Tapestry Wall
  • Hike to Skylight Arch
  • Hike around Stud Horse Point
  • 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

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

  • 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
  • Fantasy Canyon
  • Moqui Caverns
  • Leprechaun 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
  • Belly of the Dragon

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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5 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!

  2. Yes, Wow! I love the way you’ve put together your lists, and added pictures as well.

    I have lived in Utah all my life, and this is one of my favorite bucket lists! Thank you for sharing.

    I often drive for touring companies and people often ask me what place I recommend they visit. I tell them,
    “Keep exploring Utah, for every time you do, you’ll add ten more items to your bucket list.” Its truly a great place to live.

    I have added Shafer Trail from Canyonlands to my drives. It’s pretty awesome!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so happy to hear it’s inspired you to add to your own bucket list.

      I bet driving for the tour companies is fun! What has been your favorite Utah hike/drive/activity so far?

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