2 Best Southern Utah Backpacking Trips for Spring and Fall

If you’re looking to extend your backpacking season beyond the Summer months, look no further!

Today I’m sharing with you 2 of the BEST southern Utah backpacking trips for the Spring or Fall.

While the mountains are still thawing from the Winter or getting too cold in the Fall, you can head down to the desert for some warmth, red rock, and sand in your feet!

First, check out the video below where I’m actually in each of these places, and I share some tips for planning:



🌵 Southern Utah Backpacking Trip #1: Chesler Park in Canyonlands National Park


  • You do need a permit to camp in Chesler Park.
    Permits can be obtained through the following website up to 4 months in advance:

  • I would plan for at least a 3-day backpacking trip. You can definitely plan for longer, but there’s so much to explore, so I really recommend that you stay for at least 3 days and 2 nights!

  • For a sneak peak into what it's like, check out my recent Fall backpacking trip in Chesler Park.

  • Water sources are extremely limited, or not available at all, so please be prepared to pack in extra water.

  • I accessed Chesler Park via the Elephant Hill trailhead - it is the most direct trail.

  • While on your backpacking trip, make sure to hike to Druid Arch and the Joint Trail - they’re both so amazing! Druid Arch is a huge arch, and the name is very appropriate. The Joint Trail is a special little slot canyon that makes you feel like you’ve hiked onto another planet.

🌵Southern Utah Backpacking Trip #2: Coyote Gulch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

  • Coyote Gulch backpacking will leave you in awe of the Southern Utah desert.

  • Personally, I think this is best done as at least a 3-day backpacking trip. There’s a lot to explore!

  • Permits can be acquired at the Hurricane Wash Trailhead, which is the easiest and most popular way to access Coyote Gulch. You need to sign-in and fill out the permit at the trailhead signpost.

  • There’s water in Coyote Gulch year-round, including a natural spring around the Jacob Hamblin Arch area.

  • Spend the day hiking along the gulch where you’ll see several arches. The Jacob Hamblin Arch is a very famous/highly photographed arch and a very cool place to pitch your tent.

  • You do need to pack out all solid waste with a WAG bag or similar product. Be prepared with one in your pack.

So there you have it, some of the best southern Utah backpacking trips for the Spring or Fall.

If you have any questions, just ask me in the comments below or over on my YouTube channel.



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