National Park Hikes
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah is my favorite national park. The main draw is the red-colored hoodoos, which The park has one main road, which leads past sites such as Bryce Amphitheater and leads to overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point.
There are extensive hiking opportunities, including the Fairyland, Navajo and Peekaboo loops. For more information, please visit here.
Arches National Park
One of the biggies near Moab, UT, this magnificent park features over 2,000 natural stone arches, soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. Impressive trails include the hike to Delicate Arch and the area known as Devil’s Garden.
Canyonlands National Park
Located in southeast Utah’s high desert, the awesome Canyonlands National Park, Moab’s other park features, as the name suggests fantastic canyons, but also tons of buttes, fins, arches, and spires.
Comprised of various sections, the two most prominent are Islands in the Sky and The Needles. You can hike or drive into the main canyon in the Islands in the Sky area and take in the dramatic landscape.
Zion National Park
Easily done alongside neighboring Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park contains awesome high plateaus, a maze of narrow, deep, sandstone canyons.
The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, an impressive engineering feat, which fantastically blends into the landscape, is a wonderful drive and great way to see the sweeping vistas. Of hiking interest not to be missed are Angel’s Landing and Walter’s Wiggles as well as the West Rim and Echo Canyon trails.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Our “home” park, just up the road from us, RMNP is the park I know best. Set in the majestic high country of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the park offers up miles of classic high country hiking, hundreds of alpine lakes and the fantastic Trail Ridge Road, above the tree line.
Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde in southwest Colorado offers up some of the best preserved Pueblo sites in the country. The Cliff Palace and the Balcony House being the two most impressive collections of structures, the park offers up fun tours and sweeping high desert landscape.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado is an overlooked park, but shouldn’t be. Reaching heights of 700 and some feet, these dunes rise up out of the arid valley floor and make for some excellent and fun filled days of exploring. Contrasted with soaring snow-capped mountains, the natural beauty of this park is astounding.
Grand Canyon National Park
There is only one Grand Canyon and one can’t really appreciate it until standing at the edge of the rim and looking into it. Not only is the beauty out of this world, but the hiking is excellent as well. On the south rim, the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails, both descend into the canyon and provide fantastic day hikes.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is one of the jewels of the park system and for good reason. Located in the majestic Sierra Nevada of California, this is a busy park. Often Yosemite Valley, where most of the park’s famous sites are located is like a city jammed with traffic.
For a great day hike, the John Muir trail to Vernal and Nevada falls is a must do.
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park in the deserts of southern California offers a wide variety of landscapes, including distinctive rock formations, sweeping desert vistas and of course the unique joshua trees for which the park is named.
Avoid the heat of midday by hiking early or try a night hike under a full moon.
Sequoia National Park
Like its neighbor, Yosemite, Sequoia offers magnificent stands of giant sequoia trees high in the Sierra Nevada mountains. You can choose from easy strolls to more significant hikes among these giant trees and enjoy the grandeur of the park.
Death Valley National Park
Another California desert park, Death Valley offers up desert landscapes in the valley, as well as the lowest point in North America. Don’t miss the Artist’s Drive, Telescope Peak and the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. This is a large, ‘driving’ park with long distances between sites.