What to Wear Hiking in Utah in June

Hiking is a great way to experience the outdoors, and Utah is a great place to hike. There are many beautiful trails and destinations that you can visit. Hiking boots, pants and jackets are all important items when it comes to preparing for your trip but there are many other items that should be considered as well. Here’s what you need to know about what clothing you should wear if you’re hiking in Utah:

What to Wear Hiking in Utah in June

Bryce Canyon, Navajo Loop Trail
Hikers on the Navajo Loop Trail; Thor’s Hammer on the horizon, dead center

Wearing the right clothes on a hike can make all the difference

Hiking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Utah, and for good reason. It’s fun, it’s free, and it offers a great way to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

But before you head out on your next adventure, make sure you’re equipped with the right clothing. Wearing the wrong outfit can leave you sweating profusely or shivering uncontrollably—and neither one is exactly fun on a hike!

What type of clothing should I wear hiking? There’s no hard-and-fast rule about what type of clothes are best for hiking; every person has different needs based on their body type and activity level. But here are some general guidelines:


  • Hat. You will want to protect your face, neck and ears from the sun, and a hat with a brim is the best way to do so.
  • Chin strap (aka sweatband). If you have one that can be packed away in your backpack, even better! It’s important to keep sweat from dripping into your eyes if you’re hiking at higher elevations or on a hot day.
  • Packable cap vs non-packable cap? The choice is yours! A packable cap would be great for stowing in your bag when not needed but if you don’t want an extra item in there then go for something that doesn’t fold up like this hat by Patagonia


Sunscreen will help protect you from the sun’s harmful rays, which can cause skin damage and even long-term health problems. The best way to protect yourself is with a high SPF sunscreen (50+). You should apply sunscreen before going on a hike, but don’t forget that it needs to be reapplied regularly throughout your hike.

If you are hiking in direct sunlight, such as during the early morning or late afternoon hours when it is warmer outside, make sure that you reapply sunscreen every two hours or so. You should also keep applying sunscreen after getting out of the water if you are swimming at all during your hike — even if only for a few minutes!


A good pair of sunglasses protects you from the sun’s rays, but that’s not all. They also help to reduce eye strain and fatigue, which can be caused by looking at your computer screen for long periods of time or staring into the sun as you climb a mountain trail.

When choosing sunglasses, look for frames that fit comfortably on your face and provide adequate coverage over both eyes (the lenses on some styles are too small or they don’t fit correctly). Also make sure they’re made with quality materials—you want to avoid buying cheap plastic glasses if possible because they’ll scratch easily and break easily when dropped or stepped on by accident; plus, they won’t protect your eyes as well as high-quality glass lenses would!

The tinting used for UV protection will vary depending on your needs: darker tints block more UV light than lighter ones do; some people prefer polarized lenses because they reduce glare from reflective surfaces such as water or snow; others prefer tinted sunglasses indoors because it helps them see clearly without having to turn off overhead lights so often (too much light exposure can cause headaches).

Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are a must-have for any hiker. They provide comfort, support and protection on the trail. It’s important to find hiking boots that fit well and are broken in before you start your hike. Your feet will thank you when they’re not sore from blisters after miles of walking!

  • Hiking Boots Must Be Waterproof

Waterproof hiking boots are essential when hiking in Utah during June because there will be times when you get caught in rain or snow. Gore-Tex is a popular material used by many manufacturers to make their waterproof boots, so look for this feature on any pair of shoes before buying them.

  • Hiking Boots Should Have Good Ankle Support

This means having adequate padding around your ankle bones as well as secure laces or zippers so that if one part breaks, another can hold up the entire shoe.


Wear wool socks. The best hiking socks are made from a blend of nylon and wool, which makes them breathable, absorb moisture and keep your feet dry. Cotton socks are terrible for hiking because they don’t wick moisture away from your feet like the other materials do. They also get wet and stay wet—which is bad news for blisters because when you’re on a long hike, you can end up with blisters on top of existing ones if your toes get too moist inside your shoes or boots.

Nylon is another good option for hikers who want to avoid wool but still want some cushioning—it provides just as much protection against blisters as wool (and maybe even more).

Long Sleeve Shirts

When hiking in Utah, you’ll want to make sure that you are always prepared for the weather. With the unpredictable nature of our climate, it is crucial to have a variety of clothing options on hand so that you can stay warm and dry no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.

Long sleeve shirts are a great way to protect yourself from the sun during those hot summer days. They also keep you warm on cold mornings and evenings when a jacket may not provide enough warmth without extra layers underneath it. Long sleeve shirts can be paired with jackets or layered beneath them (double layer), depending on how cold it is outside at any given time of year or day.


  • Pants that are breathable and quick-drying
  • Pants that have a built-in belt
  • Pants that have a zip or button fly
  • Pants that have pockets for carrying items


  • Waterproof Jacket: A waterproof jacket is a must for the summer months in Utah. You’ll want to be able to stay dry but not look like you’re wearing an astronaut suit. Look for jackets that are light enough to wear on warm days, but still keep out rain and snow. I’m a fan of Patagonia’s H2No series because they have a wide range of options and styles that are also very durable.
  • Waterproof Pants: If you’re going hiking in Utah during the summer months, it’s likely that there will be some precipitation at some point during your hike. Getting caught in the rain with cotton pants could mean getting soaked — which isn’t fun when it’s hot outside! Look for lightweight waterproof pants made from nylon or Gore-Tex material instead; these won’t weigh down your pack while still keeping you dry if things start pouring down around you.

Waterproof Hiking Pants like rain pants or ski pants

Waterproof hiking pants are a great option for hiking in Utah. They are lightweight, breathable and easy to put on and take off. These can be worn over regular hiking pants or shorts and also over dress clothes so you have the option of going out after your hike if you want to.

One important thing to note is that there are two types of waterproof hiking pants: rain pants and ski-like ski pants (which I will refer to as “waterproof” for short). The difference between the two is that rain pants tend not to go up as high on the legs but can still keep you dry from all angles (unless it rains sideways). Ski-like ski pants go all the way up your leg with a waterproof membrane inside that protects from wet weather on both sides of them (they also tend not to ride up like rain pants do when bending over).

Hiking Backpack to carry the equipment along the way.

You need to choose a quality hiking backpack that is lightweight, comfortable, and durable. This will help you carry your equipment along the way.

The best backpacks are made from nylon fabric or mesh material because these fabrics are very strong and long-lasting. They also allow air to circulate through them so your back does not get sweaty.

Choose a size that is right for your body size and shape as well as the amount of equipment that you need to carry on each hike. A smaller backpack will be more comfortable than one that is too big for you!


There are many things to consider when hiking in Utah and it is best to have the right gear. Make sure you have plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray. You will also want clothing that is comfortable and can help keep you warm if need be. In addition to wearing the right clothes for hiking, make sure your shoes are sturdy enough so they won’t fall apart during your hike!

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