Imagine a backpacker and you might think of someone young with a passion for travel, endless endurance, and limited travel money. Backpacking, however, is more than just a bag full of cheap food and gritty hostels. It is about adventure and independence, and it is also one of the cheapest ways to enjoy a trip.
When it Utah, one of the better places to go backpacking is in St. George’s Zion National Park. Check out the great multi-day hiking options that are perfect for backpackers:
The Secret Route
This route consists of well-visited tourist paths within Zion, which will take you to most of the park’s best views and scenic spots. The best part of it is that it also allows you to go to the areas that fewer people visit.
The route starts with taking the Lee Pass and on to the East Rim trails. You then pass by beautiful red orange Kolob Canyons and on to Hop Valley. You can take the time to camp out beside the La Verkin Creek as well, and then use the Hop Valley Trail to get to the Wildcat Canyon Trails. From there, continue on to the West Rim Trail where you will pass by Little Siberia — a place covered with snow half the year round. The Echo Canyon trail is next, which connects with the East Rim trail on the list for a beautiful view of redrocks and a waterfall at Jolly Gulch. End the hike with the popular one-mile Hidden Canyon trail, and make your way to Clarion Suites Saint George for a good night’s sleep.
West Rim Trail
This is one of the most scenic trails in the whole of Zion National Park. It starts at Lava Point and goes through the Horse Pasture Plateau, allowing all backpackers a clear view of the whole area. After which, the trip ends with a sudden downward hike towards Zion Canyon.
The Zion Narrows
This trail is exhausting, but is worth every step. It follows the Virgin River route, snaking through various parts of the main canyon, allowing you to enjoy the clear waters of the river without being fully exposed to the sun. It literally traverses narrow pathways, hence its name.
It starts at the Temple of Sinawava, hiking up the Riverside Walk, then following the river pathways snaking up the Virgin River’s North Fork. You can keep going or retrace your steps. And if you want to try a detour, go up the Orderville Canyon for wonderful views.
Head to these trails for peace and serenity. Have fun!