Nestled amidst some of the most picturesque landscapes in all of the United States, Hildale, Utah is the ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts and travelers of all ages and interests. During your stay at Water Canyon Resort, you can step back in time at Pipe Springs National Monument or go off-roading in Sand Hollow State Park. Take a mule-led hike into the Grand Canyon from the North Rim, or cross-country ski the rim of a giant natural amphitheater at Bryce Canyon National Park. But one of the most popular activities for any visitor is hiking.
The region that encompasses Southern Utah and Northern Arizona is home to some of the most popular and beautiful hiking trails in the world. From the towering summit of Angels Landing to the little-known trails closer to our Water Canyon Hildale resort, there’s truly a trail for every age, ability, and interest.
If you’re planning to lace up your boots and hit the trails during your next vacation, Water Canyon Resort is the best place to stay in Utah for hiking. Keep reading as we break down some of the best trails to enjoy across the region.
Water Canyon Trail
Kicking off our list of trails to hit while enjoying the best place to stay in Utah for hiking is right in our own backyard. Water Canyon Trail is a hidden gem tucked away just a short drive from our Water Canyon Hildale resort.
This moderate-rated trail rewards visitors with striking red rock formations, lush vegetation, and even a tranquil waterfall at the end. At three miles roundtrip, the trail takes between two and three hours to complete and is a good option for most hikers. If you’re planning to take on some of the more popular trails in Zion, the Grand Canyon, or Byrce Canyon during your stay, this is a great option to get away from the crowds and enjoy a more peaceful hike.
For a more adrenaline-pumping adventure, you can also go canyoneering in Water Canyon during your stay.
One of the most popular day trips for guests of our luxury modern cabins is Zion National Park. This popular national park is home to some of the region’s most iconic hiking trails.
One of the world’s most renowned hikes is The Narrows. This trail is a bucket-list experience for many outdoor enthusiasts. On this unique trek, you’ll hike through the cool waters of the Virgin River as it carves its way into the increasingly narrow Zion Canyon.
While most hikers start from inside the Lower Canyon in Zion and hike upstream before turning around to hike back, those who are up for a bigger challenge can do a thru-hike. This means arranging transportation to Chamberlain’s Ranch, where you’ll then hike 16 miles downstream, typically spending one night camping on the trail.
A discussion of trails to enjoy during your time in the best place to stay in Utah for hiking wouldn’t be complete without Angels Landing. Perhaps even better known than The Narrows, this famous trail has a number of unique features. One is the treacherous section that has visitors traversing a narrow ridge with 1,000-foot drops on either side. You’ll also climb some 1,500 feet in elevation on this five-mile hike. Make it to the summit, and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Zion National Park.
Hiking Angels Landing is a little tougher than hiking the other trails on this list, and not just because it’s a tough trail. You’ll also need to enter one of two Angels Landing Lotteries to try to get a permit for your hike. Permits are available on a limited basis, which might mean that you won’t get to hike this trail, especially during the busy summer season. Luckily, there are several other options on this list to try!
White Domes Loop Trail
This next trail will take around two hours to drive to from the best Utah cabin resorts here in Hildale. But it’s another lesser-known hike that’s great for getting away from the crowds you’ll find in some national parks during the summertime.
White Domes Loop Trail is located in the Valley of Fire State Park. This is just one of Utah’s many amazing state parks, many of which offer landscapes and views that rival the state’s more popular national parks.
This trail is just over a mile long. During your walk, you’ll enjoy great views of red and white sandstone formations, which have served as the backdrop for a variety of films and TV shows shot here. This is a great trail for families as well as film buffs!
Choosing the Best Place to Stay in Utah for Hiking
If you know that you want to hit plenty of trails during your next getaway, it’s important to choose the best place to stay in Utah for hiking. With easy access to many of the region’s most popular outdoor destinations, Water Canyon Resort is an ideal base for your next outdoor adventure.
Need another reason to book a visit this fall? How about the chance to save on your stay? Right now, when you book a stay of three or more nights, you’ll receive a 25 percent discount on your stay. Book today to take advantage of this deal!