Utah State Parks Blog

Happy National “Take a Hike” Day!

Antelope Island State Park

Happy National Take a Hike Day! To celebrate, we are featuring two of our favorite hikes in Utah.

Utah is known far-and-wide for its scenic landscapes. What helps make Utah great is the fact that these scenic places are not just found in one area, but are spread across the entire state.

To help give you an idea, we are highlighting two of our favorite hikes: Frary Peak in Northern Utah and Panorama Trail in Southern Utah. Enjoy!

Frary Peak – Antelope Island State Park

This trail is a favorite for hikers of all levels in Northern Utah. Found on the eastern side of Antelope Island State Park, this 6.5-mile roundtrip hike is one you’ll remember forever.

The trail gains over 2000 feet in elevation and can be completed in a 4-5 hour roundtrip. There isn’t much shade to be found on the trail, so be sure to dress appropriately and bring plenty of water.

Hikers of all abilities are found trekking along this trail, and don’t be surprised if you see the occasional small herd of bison, you are on Antelope Island after all.

Kodachrome Basin State Park

Kodachrome Basin State Park

Frary Peak trail showcases some gorgeous views along the way. At 3 miles in, you can overlook Stansbury Island. Once you reach the top of the peak, you can gaze out with a undisturbed view, surrounded on all sides by water.

This is a hikers-only trail, so no bicycles or motorized vehicles are allowed. You can bring your dog along, but they must be kept on a six-foot leash at all times.

After your hike, don’t forget to stop by the Island Buffalo Grill for a famous Bison Burger, French Fries, and drinks.

Panorama Trail – Kodachrome Basin State Park

Hikes by themselves are an amazing activity, but the phenomenal views found on Kodachrome Basin’s trails add a reward sure to put an extra spring in your step. You won’t want to forget your camera for this trek.


Antelope Island State Park

Panorama Trail allows access to Big Bear Spire, Cool Cave, and Secret Passage, so be sure you make time for some photo stops . This moderate trail is 6-miles-long and winds its way through the western end of the park and is perfect for novice and experienced hikers, equestrians and bicycle riders.

The trail traverses rolling terrain, washes, and canyons with only slight elevation gains. Don’t forget, leave only footprints and please stay on the designated trail.

Looking to stay a while? No problem! Kodachrome Basin sports 31 campsites. Some sites close during winter months, while other full-hook up sites are open all year-round.



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