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Top 10
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Southern Utah

Hanksville is the perfect place to stay if you're looking to explore the best of what Utah has to offer. The town is surrounded by national and state parks, providing endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Whether you're interested in hiking, biking, climbing, or canyoneering, Hanksville is an ideal basecamp for your next adventure. And when you're ready to relax after a long day of exploring, there are plenty of comfortable places to stay in town. So if you're looking for a true wilderness experience, be sure to add Hanksville to your travel plans.

10 Local Adventures

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Capitol Reef

National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is a destination for all. This park is known for its rare geological formations, known as the water-pocket fold.

 

There are many hikes and climbs for all experience levels, as well as being rich with Fremont Indian history and Mormon pioneer settlements. It has over 3,000 fruit trees available for picking depending on the season. 
 

Distance: 30 minutes West of Hanksville

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Slot Canyons

Enjoy some of the surrounding slot canyons:

Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon 
Ding and Dong Slot Canyon 
Little Bull Slot Canyon 
Leprechaun Slot Canyon


Be sure to research these canyons before  making the trip. Emergency services are slow to  respond in these remote areas. 
Four wheel drive recommended to most.

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Hiking and Biking

A perfect place to let the kids run around and  play, Little Egypt is a spacious remote area with unique rock formations. Great for camping or a quick day trip. 
 

Distance: 30 minutes South of Hanksville.

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Henry Mountains

The Henry Mountain range was the last to be  added to the map of the 48 contiguous United States in 1872. These mountains are home  to approximately 350 of the last remaining  free-roaming American Bison. There are multiple  maintained campgrounds and plenty of fun to be  had throughout the Henry Mountains. 
 

Distance: roughly 2 hours South of Hanksville. Rough dirt roads, 4 wheel drive recommended.

Enjoy some of Hanksville’s surrounding desert  on the miles of ATV/off-road trails. Experience breathtaking views and remote locations by riding the road less traveled. Be sure to pack enough water and gear on your trip. 
 

Distance: Depending on trails. 

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Off-Roading

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Lake Powell

Lake Powell is Glen Canyon’s recreational area. Known for boating, fishing, and beautiful geological structures like the Rainbow Bridge.

With 96 major side canyons and almost 2,000 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of fun to be had.

 

Distance to Bullfrog marina: 1 hour South of Hanksville. 
Fee for admittance

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Factory Butte

Located at the base of Factory Butte, Swingarm City is one of the top locations in the nation for Off-road vehicles. Riders from all over the world come to experience the unique thrills of Swingarm City. This location has served as the natural film set for many movies including Point Break (2015) and Nitro Circus films. 

 

Distance: 15 minutes West of Hanksville.

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Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley State Park is know for its unique  sandstone formations. Hike, bike, camp, and play among the natural “Goblins“. Visit  the visitors center for more information.

 

Distance: 36 minutes North of Hanksville. Fee for admittance

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Mars on Earth

 If you're looking to explore the wonders of Mars, but can't wait for the advancements in technology needed to get there, explore the surrounding areas of Hanksville.

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Sightseeing

Built in 1921, this mill was constructed on the  Henry Mountains. It served two purposes: mining for gold and cutting lumber. It was transferred to Hanksville in 1974, and was restored in 1988. There is a self guided tour inside or ask the BLM office for more information. 
 

Distance: Located in Hanksville behind the BLM  office. Free admittance

When adventure beckons, be sure to heed the call responsibly. Hanksville is an extremely remote area, and while that isolation offers incredible vistas to be explored, it also means that emergency services can take a long time to reach you in case of an emergency. Be prepared on your journey by bringing plenty of water and other necessary supplies. By being mindful and cautious, you can ensure that your time in Hanksville is nothing short of incredible.

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