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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 an outdoor 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.  You can find the original list first, divided into categories, then below that, you’ll find my new list that is a lot more specific and not organized in any way.  There may be some repeats between the new and old list but I will keep both where they are for

State Parks

National Parks


  • 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

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

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 Rainbow Bridge
  • Boat on Lake Powell

National Monuments

Grand Staircase Escalante

  • Coyote Gulch
  • Golden Cathedral
  • Hole-In-The-Rock
  • Zebra slot canyon
  • Peek-a-boo slot canyon
  • Spooky slot canyon
  • Devils Garden
  • Upper and lower calf creek falls
  • 100 Hands Pictograph

Greater Salt Lake Area (Northern Utah)

  • 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

Other Hikes in Southern Utah

  • Day hike to Blanche Lake
  • Upheaval Dome
  • Fiery Furnace
  • Stay in a Goblin Valley Yurt
  • See the Goblin’s Lair
  • Hike to White Pine Lake
  • Observation Point
  • Hike all of Lower Muley Twist (here is a post on what I’ve seen of it so far)
  • Drive Upper Muley Twist
  • Defiance House Ruins
  • The Wave
  • The Subway
  • Kanarraville Falls
  • Buckskin Gulch
  • White Pocket
  • Little Sahara Dunes
  • Diamond Fork/Fifth Water hot springs
  • False Kiva
  • Target Ruin at Butler Wash
  • See the Spiral Jetty
  • Drive Cathedral Valley Loop
  • Zebra Slot Canyon
  • Devil’s Garden Loop in Arches
  • Devil’s Garden in Escalante
  • Peek-a-boo slot canyon
  • Spooky slot canyon
  • Boulder Mail Trail
  • Stay at Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch
  • Goosenecks State Park
  • Valley of the Gods
  • Bonneville Salt Flats
  • Fantasy Canyon
  • Flaming Gorge
  • Dinosaur National Monument
  • Find an arrowhead
  • Find a piece of pottery or something
  • Chesler Park Joint Trail Loop
  • Coyote Gulch
  • Climb up/down Hole in the Rock
  • See Reflection Canyon
  • Alpine Loop in Fall (Again, when the leaves are actually there)
  • White Rim Road
  • Go into the Maze
  • Horseshoe Canyon
  • See the robot alien petroglyph in Horseshoe Canyon
  • Navajo Knobs in Capitol Reef
  • Cohab Canyon and Frying Pan Trail in Capitol Reef
  • Calf Creek Falls
  • Golden Cathedral
  • Climb further up Cathedral in the Desert
  • Davis Gulch
  • Cassidy Arch
  • Paria Canyon
  • Red Cliffs Nature Trail
  • Broken Arrow Arch
  • Drive the Halls Crossing side of 276
  • Hike all of Little Wild Horse Canyon (here is a post about the little I did see)
  • Ding and Dang Canyons
  • Morning Glory Arch
  • Drive La Sal Loop
  • Go into Dark Canyon Wilderness
  • Navajo Arch
  • Druid Arch
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
  • Nine Mile Canyon petroglyphs
  • Rochester Panel petroglyphs
  • Brimhall Arch
  • Sheiks Canyon
  • Bullet Canyon
  • Buckhorn Draw dinosaur tracks
  • Moon House Ruin
  • 17 Room Ruin
  • River House Ruin
  • Upper Sand Island Petroglyphs
  • San Juan River Petroglyphs
  • 20-mile dinosaur trackway in Escalante
  • Bartlet rock art site
  • Intestine man art site
  • Mill Canyon dinosaur trail
  • Moab maiden petroglyph
  • 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
  • Smith Fork Slot Canyon
  • Drive to Tapestry Wall

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, 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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