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!

I’ve got you covered with all the details on when and where to go below.


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


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

  • This trips is best done as a 3-day backpacking trip.

  • 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 amazing!

🌵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.

  • This is best done as a 3-day backpacking trip.

  • Permits can be acquired at the Hurricane Wash Trailhead, which is the easiest and most popular way to access Coyote Gulch.

  • There is 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.

  • If you can find it, there’s a side trail to the Black Lagoon! It wasn’t marked on my map, so I don’t have exact coordinates.

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.