Hello everybody,I'm Pretty new here so here goes.
We are headed to the Southern area of Utah in May for some hiking/sightseeing. We have been through Moab before and thought it was spectacular. We are day hikers for the most part, hike all day then back to a hotel for dinner. Anyway I was looking for the not so "touristy" parts of Utah. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Wow, where to start? Since I only have a minute I'll clue you in to one of my favorite hikes in Utah...Upper Salt Creek canyon. It has everything- arches, ruins, and some of the most amazing pictographs I've ever seen. The drive in is a bit rocky (but do-able) in a 2WD vehicle and it's a snap in a 4WD. Here's a link with some info...
PM me if you want more details or suggestions!
Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks are amazing. Lots of hikes with such spectaular scenery. One of my favorites in Zion is Angels Landing--it has a great view of gorgeous Zion Canyon. It is kind of steep though. In Bryce Canyon you can do the Queens Garden Trail which wanders around in the orange-rock sculptures Bryce Canyon is famous for.
Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
it's a little cooler this time of the year in most of utah but don't let that stop you, it;ll be great. escalente is a town and a region and a natl wilderness area.
the aproach from the north(from the town of Torry) may be a bit worse in the reguard of the weather; as opposed entering from the west(Panguitch township).
all of this area is covered in hikes.
watch for heavy rains! dont go if rain stormes are predicted. You may also find a little snow in the morning(at the most 4 or so inches).
also snow storms can be nasty driving between these areas and more northern areas.
This is all relativly close to Zion and Bryce.
Also, of all folks from Philly coming to utah, yoe're the only one here for the desert. All of the others are here for snow.