Best Hike in Every National Park in the Southwest

The Southwest has a number of amazing national parks and state parks with hundreds of hiking trails for you to enjoy. From white dunes to incredible landscapes, there is a lot to see and do in the Southwest. Here are the best hikes in the national parks of the Southwest.


Best Hike in Every National Park in the Southwest


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These day hikes are a great way to get a feel for the diverse landscape of the southwest. 

Zion National Park

The observation point is a more challenging hike, but it’s one of the most rewarding. There are eight miles of hiking roundtrip and 2,000 feet of elevation gain on this hike. On this hike, you’ll be able to see amazing views of the canyon and Angel’s landing when you reach the top. Angel's landing now requires a permit to hike, so if you aren't awarded one, you can get similar views!

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Bryce Canyon National Park

The queen’s garden/Navajo loop is one of the most popular hikes in Bryce Canyon national park. The hike is almost 3 miles long and goes up to about 600 feet in elevation. What makes this hike so amazing is the great views from the rim and the ridges along the way.

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Grand Canyon National Park

South Rim rail is one of the first hikes where you lay eyes on the Grand Canyon. The views are plenty at this state park with minimal elevation change to get there. While this 13-mile route has a ton of shuttle stops there are tons of scenic viewpoints from this hiking trail.

If you are looking for the best place to watch the sunrise in the Grand Canyon, this is the trail that will get you going in the morning!

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Saguaro National Park

Mica view loop trail is a great hike located in the Rincon Mountain District. It’s an easy hike, though a long one at 3.7 miles. If you want to start hiking early in the day or evening, you can enjoy this hike. It has a beautiful view of wildflowers and you can even see a little bit of wildlife on the trail.


Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

High Dune Trail is one of the best hikes in this national park. It’s about a three-mile roundtrip hike that you can do in just under two hours. This is a popular spot to go camping, hiking, or bridging and you can hike this trail any time of year.

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Big Bend National Park

Window view trail is a short mountain hike for beginners making it one of the best you can take at Big Bend. It’s just a short .3 mile hike and still gives you impressive peak views around the basin. You’ll find benches where you can watch the sunset and see the mountains glow as the sun starts to set.

Hovenweep National Monument

This 1.6-mile hike near Montezuma Creek is an easy route taking just over half an hour to complete. You can find many exotic birds on this hike, and it’s a great place to go for some solitude during quieter times of the day. It’s open year-round and is great for trail running or hiking.

As you can see, there are so many great hikes to take when visiting the national parks of the southwest. Hopefully, this guide has given you some inspiration for where to take you and your family for a fun hike at any of these national park destinations.



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