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Hiking and Backpacking


Hiker overlooking scenic canyonHiking and backpacking opportunities on BLM-managed public lands provide visitors with a wide variety of settings and experiences. Visitors can enjoy challenging mountain peaks reaching over 14,000 feet, stunning red-rock canyons in the desert and much more. There are endless possibilities for exploring all these have to offer.

Featured Recreation Areas


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Alpine Triangle Recreation Area

A number of peaks at about 13,000 feet elevation and three fourteeners offer exceptional hiking opportunities to visitors of Alpine Triangle Recreation Area with views of wildflowers, streams and snowfields.

Whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River

Arkansas River Recreation Area

Boating trips through the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area are accompanied by a number of trails accessible from the river. Hiking here offers excellent opportunities to explore the beautiful landscapes surrounding the Arkansas River.

Rocky overlook

Bangs Canyon Recreation Area

Options for hiking at Bangs Canyon Recreation Area are seemingly endless. The Lunch Loops Trail System, which is made up mainly of trails rated "more difficult" to "very difficult," features spectacular scenery along challenging routes.

Purple wildflowers with mountainous background

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail extends a from Canada to Mexico, passing through high mountain peaks, alpine tundra and desert landscapes along the way. The diverse terrain of this long route make for some very challenging backpacking.

Rugged cliff face

Deep Creek Recreation Area

Deep Creek Recreation Area features an unmaintained and unmarked primitive trail following the creek. A portion of the trail is well-defined, while other spots are more diffused. In some places, hikers will travel on the creek bed.

Scenic waterfall

Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area:
Dominguez Canyon Wilderness

Located within Dominguez-Escalante Conservation Area, several excellent hiking trails run through Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. Visitors following Big Dominguez Creek and Little Dominguez Creek will enjoy views of waterfalls, pools and waterfowl.

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Gold Belt Recreation Area

Hiking opportunities exist throughout Gold Belt Recreation Area. Notable options include the various multi-use trails at Oil Well Flats and Seep Springs. These are perfect locations for visitors who are looking for some valuable physical exercise.

Hack Lake reflecting scenic hillside

Hack Lake Recreation Area

There are plenty of options for backcountry hiking through the rolling ridges and rugged cliffs of Hack Lake Recreation Area. The Hack Lake-Ute Trail leads visitors through stunning landscapes where they can escape everyday life and enjoy peaceful solitude.

Red-rock river canyon

McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area

Hiking opportunities abound at McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness is especially exciting, with stunning geological features such as natural arches, spires and windows. The extensive trail system of Devils Canyon provides a variety of routes to explore.

Sunset over rocky landscape

Powderhorn Wilderness

Powderhorn Wilderness provides a total of 45 miles of trails for hiking and other activities. The Devil's Creek, East Fork, Middle Fork, Powderhorn Lakes, and Powderhorn Park Trails are accompanied by beautiful views of alpine lakes and a variety of vegetation.