August is a big month for national parks. For a lot of people, it’s the last chance to take a vacation or spend time with the kids before school resumes.
That can mean crowds. But here are some national park trails in Utah that get relatively few hikers, even on summer weekends, and still offer great scenery and a dose of solitude.
Arches National Park: Devils Garden
The trail takes you near five arches. It’s distance scares away a lot of park visitors, but school-aged children and fit adults should not have a problem as long as everyone packs enough water.
Round trip: 5.5 miles
Elevation gain: 330 feet
Canyonlands National Park: Neck Spring Trail
This loop hike in the Island in the Sky District has good views of the park and the valleys below. There’s a little bit of shade. My family and I hiked this on Memorial Day weekend and we saw only two other hikers.
Round trip: 6 miles.
Elevation gain: 364 feet
Zion National Park: Scout Lookout
There are great views of the valley and, if you dare to continue, support chains to grab if you wish to ascend the thin cliff to Angel’s Landing.
Round trip: 3.6 miles
Elevation gain:, 1,093 feet
Difficulty: Moderate/difficultNext Page >
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