Large fragments of rock form a ledge in the foreground while a wide forested vista includes a large lake.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Bald Mountain

Looking for an alpine experience that’s truly above tree line? The exposed, windswept, rock ridge of Bald Mountain will not disappoint. Utah expert Mike Matson guides you along this three-mile hike that’s suitable for families (and Fido).

Two lakes are visible ringed with the green of vegitation as seen from on high.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Red Pine Lake to the Pfeifferhorn

Hiking in the Wasatch Mountains doesn’t get much better than this! With this nine-mile, butt-kicker level trail, you’ll hike and scramble onto one of the Wasatch Range’s most impressive summits. Learn about where to go, what you’ll see along the way, and more.

A fragmented stone mountain rising up above scattered coniferous trees.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Brighton Lakes Trail

At the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, tucked into the steep rocky terrain and hidden from view from the road, sits a chain of sparkling alpine lakes. This moderate, three-hour hike offers hikers progressively more impressive rewards as they explore farther up the trail. Mike Matson discusses what you’ll see on the trek, how to modify your route, and more.

A bare stone peak juts up sharply above a tree-lined lake with grasses growing on shore.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Lake Blanche

The glaciers have done beautiful work, making the Lake Blanche Trail one of the most popular trails in the Big Cottonwood Canyon, and in the Wasatch Mountains in general. If a glacial cirque filled with three picturesque alpine lakes sounds like something you’d like to see, Mike Matson tells you all you need to know about the three-hour hike to get there.

Salt Lake City Day Hike Inspiration

Get introduced to day hiking around Salt Lake City in this gorgeous video shot by Mike Matson, the author of Moon Take a Hike Salt Lake City: 75 Hikes within Two Hours of the City. We’ll be featuring five of his recommended day hikes, so keep an eye out!

A wide verdant swath snakes through the rocky terrain of Capitol Reef.

The Life and Landcape of Capitol Reef National Park

For those interested in spotting creatures like kangaroo rats, Rocky Mountain toads, and perhaps even black bears, as well as sandstone cliff phenomena like desert varnish, Capitol Reef National Park is the place to be. Bill McRae and Judy Jewell share interesting facts about the wildlife, vegetation, and geology of the park.

Red dirt with clustered grasses in the foreground while a flat-topped arch spans across the landscape in the background.

The Variety and Splendor of Arches National Park

A concentration of rock arches of marvelous variety has formed within the maze of sandstone fins at Arches National Park, one of the most popular national parks in the United States. Bill McRae and Judy Jewell offer advice on how to plan your time and where to go to experience the best Arches has to offer.

Flat and squarish stones piled to make a keyhole with a view of the canyons beyond.

The 10-Day Best of Utah’s National Parks

Despite their proximity, visiting all of Utah’s national parks is a bit complicated because of the rugged terrain, so you must plan on a lot of driving. The following itinerary only scratches the surface of what there is to see, but after this sampler, you’ll know where to focus your next Utah adventure.