Time to Hit the Trails in Utah!

Its getting close to that time of year again. That time where I put the snow-gear in the back of the closet. That tie of year where the sun is starting to shine a little warmer. That time of year where I start to get excited, shake off a bit of that cold weather seasonal affective disorder, and start planning my spring-time hikes in my lovely state of Utah! My plan is to find some places where I can backpack in, make camp, and do some day hikes. Of course all of this solo. Im looking for places that I can be alone and reflect on my health and stay mindful in my addiction recovery.

Here are few places Im looking forward to getting to this spring. If you have any recommendations on where to get some solo backpacking or day hikes please let me know!

White Pine Lake

Neon Canyon & Golden Cathedral

Amethyst Basin

Reflection Canyon

Kings Peak

Feeling Nature in Recovery: Backpacking in Utah

There’s no better way to truly connect with nature than backpacking. Pack your bag and walk into the unknown with nothing but yourself to keep you company, and alive for that matter. Ive done backing in the South-East and done somer serious back-county in the Appalachians, also known as the Smoky Mountains where Im from. Backpacking has been one of the best releases for me in recovery, and been an excellent way for me to remain drug-free after addiction treatment. So, as the weather is chilled and winter to the core I can only dream about the spring and summer in Utah, and where my next backpacking adventures can take me. Here a few places I would like to see this year on backpacking trips in Utah.

Mount Timpanogos

Zion National Park

The Big Needles Loop

Dark Canyon

Backpacking and going on outdoor adventures has been the best way, for me, to keep myself in check. Utah is pretty much a playground for me and I can connect with a great group of people in recovery. I can work the meeting on Monday and hit the trail on Tuesday. It gives me the opportunity to practice mindfulness, many areas to meditate, and be thankful that I found recovery and freedom from drug and alcohol addiction.

Favorite Hiking Destinations in Utah

My last trip to southern Utah was extraordinary! I got to experience and see quite a few things Im not accustomed to. I got to live in a post-card, walk in a painting, and have some life changing moments I will never forget. To put it lightly, southern utah changed my life! Here are a few of the places I got to visit.

My Favorite Hikes in Utah


Zion National Park: https://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm


The Toadstools: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g56933-d2097169-Reviews-Paria_Rimrocks_Toadstool_Hoodoos-Big_Water_Utah.html


The Narrows: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/thenarrows.htm


Bryce Canyon: https://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm


Coral Pink Sand Dunes: http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/coral-pink/

Hiking is an excellent way to clear the mind and focus on what is relevant. Being outdoors and hiking through unknown nature is an excellent way to relieve any pressures of daily life, especially if you’re in addiction recovery or healing from mental illness. Both are very important issues to me, that are close to my heart, and near enough thought of in this country.