The United States is a huge country with tons of variety, so there’s no shortage of awesome places to lace up the boots, get that blood pumping, and take in some amazing views.
If you’ve been stuck indoors much of the winter and spring, here are ten great places around the country to get out and hike.
1. Zion National Park – Utah
With a wide variety of options and a multitude of landscapes, Zion National Park in Utah is a hiker’s and climber’s paradise. The park is very well organized, there’s a shuttle system that passes many of the trailheads, and there’s plenty of backpacking options for those looking for a more serious overnight adventure. If you really want to experience Zion, it’s important to explore both the depths of the canyon and the various cliffs that dot the park. Be sure to do some homework and planning before coming to Zion, particularly if you’re an inexperienced hiker.
Popular hikes in Zion
There are a lot of challenging trails in Zion, and it’s imperative to be aware of weather and time of year, particularly when it comes to hiking in the canyon, as flash floods can happen at any time. Here are some of the most popular and best hikes in the park:
- Angels Landing – One of the most popular hikes in the park is also one of its most challenging. The 5 mile round trip hike isn’t the longest and doesn’t have the most elevation gain, but if heights and narrow paths aren’t your favorite, you may want to look elsewhere.
- West Wall of Zion Canyon – This is one of the popular areas of the park which has many different trails to check out. The Kayenta Trail, East Rims Trail, and the Emeral Pools Trails are all in this area.
- The Narrows – Be prepared to get wet in the most popular hike in the park. The Virgin River at the bottom of canyon is the trail, and you can make it as short or long as you wish. The further you get on the trail, the more serious it gets, and climbing gear is necessary for some parts.