Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah on June 9, 20121-2 hours | 2 miles round tripClass 1Negligible elevation gainAlpine Pond Trail is an easy 2-mile hike in Cedar Breaks National Monument. The trail passes a large pond with abundant wildlife. A trail guide available at the trailhead points out 25 interesting points along the hike.
Zion National Park, Utah on October 21, 20112-5 hours | 4.2 miles round tripClass 21,510 ft elevation gainAngels Landing is an awesome hike that I would recommend to everyone that has a chance to go. The trail is very steep and tiring, but the view at the top is worth it. The last portion of the hike is especially breath-taking with 1000-foot cliffs that drop off from both sides of the trail.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 12, 201145 minutes | 1.1 miles round tripClass 1100 ft elevation gainThe Artist's Paint Pots trail is an easy hike to several geothermal features in Yellowstone National Park. From the boardwalk, you can see several springs, the Artist's Paint Pots, and a couple of geysers.
Arches National Park, Utah on July 1, 200015-30 miutes | 0.2 miles round tripClass 1Negligible elevation gainBalanced Rock is one of the most popular features of Arches National Park. The total height of Balanced Rock is about 128 feet, with the balancing rock rising 55 feet above the base. The big rock on top is the size of three school buses. Balanced Rock can be seen from the park's main road. There is also a short loop trail leading around the base of the rock.
Uintah Mountains, Utah on June 1, 20032-3 hours | 2.8 miles round tripClass 21,160 ft elevation gainBald Mountain is a quick and easy hike in the Uintah Mountains. From the top, you have a great view of Mirror Lake and Moosehorn Lake.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 12, 201125 minutes | 0.6 miles round tripClass 0Negligible elevation gainBiscuit Basin in the Old Faithful Area is home to Sapphire Pool, Mustard Spring, Avoca Spring, Shell Geyser, Jewel Geyser, and several other geothermal features.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 12, 201120 minutes | 0.6 miles round tripClass 0Negligible elevation gainBlack Sand Basin lies within the boundaries of Upper Geyser Basin. The boardwalk passes Cliff Geyser, Sunset Lake, Emerald Pool, and Green Spring.
Fremont Indian State Park, Utah on May 13, 201120 minutes | 0.2 miles round tripClass 260 ft elevation gainThis unnamed canyon, like other parts of the park, is sacred because of the moving legend believed to be told of the rock formations and then reiterated by the rock art.
Fremont Indian State Park, Utah on May 13, 201110-20 minutes | 0.3 miles one wayClass 2125 ft elevation gainThe Canyon Overlook trail in Fremont Indian State Park parallels a portion of the Hidden Secrets trail. In addition to the view of Clear Creek from the trail, there is also one small petroglyph panel.
Zion National Park, Utah on June 22, 201220-30 minutes | 1 mile round tripClass 2163 ft elevation gainThe Canyon Overlook Trail is a short, 1.0-mile round trip hike in Zion National Park. The trail begins at the east end of the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel and ends on top of the Great Arch.
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah on April 30, 20112 hours | 3.1 miles round tripClass 2550 ft elevation gainThe hike to Cassidy Arch in Capitol Reef National Park is a very fun, easy hike. The first part of the trail gains evelation very rapidly and has several switch-backs. Rock cairns mark the way when the trail is not visible. The trail ends at the spectacular Cassidy Arch, which is situated about 500 feet above the road and trailhead below.
Fremont Indian State Park, Utah on March 31, 20111 hour | 1.2 miles round tripClass 240 ft elevation gainThis short walk will take you to a cave that is an unforgettable part of the experience of visiting Clear Creek Canyon.
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah on March 16, 2013 | 3.5 miles round tripClass 2810 ft elevation gainChimney Rock is a pillar of red sandstone along Highway 24 in Capitol Reef National Park. The Chimney Rock trail takes you up and around to see Chimney Rock from above.
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah on March 16, 20131.5 hours | 2.8 miles one wayClass 2320 ft elevation gainThe Cohab Canyon trail starts across the street from the Fruita Campground in Capitol Reef National Park. It climbs about 300 feet to the head of the canyon then it's all downhill until you reach Highway 24.
Richfield, Utah on February 16, 20132 hours | 2.1 miles round tripClass 2390 ft elevation gainConglomerate Canyons is a fun off-trail hike through two rarely-visited washes. One canyon has a large conglomerate cliff, and the other has a conglomerate boulder field.
Moab, Utah on April 12, 20121-2 hours | 3.2 miles round tripClass 2420 ft elevation gainCorona Arch is a large arch located on BLM land near Moab, UT. The arch has an opening 140 feet wide and 105 feet tall. An easy, 1.5-mile trail takes hikers past Bow Tie Arch to the base of Corona Arch. The more adventurous can climb on top of the arch and rappel off the middle or swing through the arch.
Fremont Indian State Park, Utah on May 13, 201120-40 minutes | 0.3 miles one wayClass 190 ft elevation gainThis trail is for the adventurous! It starts at marker #9 on the Parade of Rock Art Trail (#5) and takes you into a hidden canyon with exceptional the rock art. The trail is 0.5 miles and is steep, in places both up and down hill.
Arches National Park, Utah on April 13, 20121.5 hours | 3 miles round tripClass 2540 ft elevation gainThe delicate arch in Arches National Park has to be one of the most famous arches in the word. When we hiked to the delicate arch in June of 2000, we left pretty late in the evening. By the time we arrived at the arch, the sun had already set, and it was getting dark. Luckily the trail was easy enough to follow, even in the dark. Where the trail crosses sandstone, rock cairns mark the way. There were tons of bats swooping around our heads on the return trip.
Arches National Park, Utah on April 13, 20123-4 hours | up to 7.2 milesClass 2200 ft elevation gainDevils Garden in Arches National Park is home to almost a dozen arches including Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Landscape Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, Double O Arch, Dark Angel, and Private Arch. You can pick and choose which arches you want to visit and which sections of trail to take.
Arches National Park, Utah on April 13, 20121.5-2 hours | 2.8 miles one wayClass 2200 ft elevation gainDouble O Arch is actually two arches stacked on top of each other. The arch is located in the Devils Garden portion of Aches National Park approximately 1 mile past Landscape Arch or 2 miles fron the trailhead.
Zion National Park, Utah on June 13, 20082 hours | 2.2 miles round tripClass 2300 ft elevation gainThe Emerald Pools hike in Zion is very popular due to its central location in the park, its ease, and its beautiful scenery. We were there during a flute festival, and a guy was playing an indian flute. It was so serene, almost reverent.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 14, 20112-3 hours | 5 miles round tripClass 2140 ft elevation gainThe hike to Fairy Falls is very easy despite its length. The trail passes Grand Prismatic Spring, and short detour scramble up a hill offers a spectacular view of the spring. Along the hike are tons of wildflowers, obsidian, lodgepole pines, and other wildlife. Fairy Falls is 197 ft tall.
Arches National Park, Utah on April 13, 2012Up to 1 day | VariesClass 3Varies elevation gainThere are two ways to visit the Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park. You can go on a ranger-guided tour or on your own. Unfortunately they wouldn't let us go because Savannah is under 5, so we just went to the lookout.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 11, 201115 minutes for the boardwalks | 0.4 miles for the boardwalksClass 0Negligible elevation gainFirehole Lake Drive is a one-way road south of Madison Junction in Yellowstone National Park. The road passes several pools, geysers, and two boardwalks.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 11, 201130 minutes | 0.6 miles round tripClass 0Negligible elevation gainThe Fountain Paint Pot area in Yellowstone has several springs, pools, geysers, a fumarole, and the Fountain Paint Pot along a self-guided boardwalk. The Fountain Paint Pot Trail is located south of Madison Junction.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado on April 21, 201215 minutes | 0.1 miles round tripClass 1Negligible elevation gainGunnison Point is a lookout located behind the visitor center in Black Canyon of the Gunnison Naitonal Park. The short trail takes you on top of a pegmatite dike that sticks out into the canyon.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado on April 18, 20122 hours | 2.4 miles round tripClass 21,020 ft elevation gainHanging Lake is located along I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, CO. The trail is only 1.2 miles each way, but it gains approximately 1000 ft. Hanging Lake is a beautiful, green and blue pond with two large waterfalls feeding it.
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah on March 15, 20131 hour | 2 miles round tripClass 2340 ft elevation gainThe Hickman Natural Bridge trail is a very relaxing and scenic trail in Capitol Reef National Park. A trail brochure - available at the trailhead - points out 17 things to observe along the hike. Notable among these are an indian granary, a small natural bridge called Nels Johnson Bridge, and, of course, Hickman Bridge.
Zion National Park, Utah on June 10, 20082-4 hours | 3 miles round tripClass 2900 ft elevation gainEntering Hidden Canyon in Zion National Park is like entering another world. The hike starts off by switchbacking up the face of a cliff, which can be very hot in the summer. Once most of the elevation is gained, you have to traverse around a ridge. There are chains bolted to the wall. Watch your step because the sand-covered rock can be very slippery. You then drop into a sandy wash that is other-worldly. Trees grow out of cracks in the rocks. The ground is covered in white sand. Huge red sandstone cliffs extend above you on either side. There's even a small sandstone arch most of the way up the canyon on the right.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming on July 15, 20112-3 hours including boat ride | 1.6 miles round trip plus boat rideClass 2390 ft elevation gainThe hike to Hidden Falls and to Inspiration Point is easily the most popular hike in Grand Teton National Park. The trail takes you up Cascade Canyon to a 200-foot cascade and to a vista overlooking Jenny Lake.
Fremont Indian State Park, Utah on May 13, 201120-30 minutes | 0.6 miles one wayClass 2200 ft elevation gainNow you will have a chance to explore the cliffs and grasslands in a part of the park and Fishlake National Forest that we have done a pretty good job of keeping a secret. Try to find the trail's hidden secrets.
Scofield, Utah on May 24, 20092-3 hours | 3.4 miles round tripClass 21,050 ft elevation gainSeveral years back, we stumbled on an old abandoned school-bus-turned-motor-home when we were out exploring. Since then, it's been a tradition to hike to the "hippie bus" whenever we get a chance.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming on July 24, 20123-4 hours | 5.5 miles one wayClass 2410 ft elevation gainThis trail starts at the Jenny Lake trailhead, follows the shoreline of Jenny Lake around to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, then continues around the lake to the String Lake Trailhead/Picnic Area.
Uintah Mountains, Utah on June 29, 20043 days | 31.4 miles round tripClass 33,690 ft elevation gainKings Peak is the tallest mountain in Utah. We did this as a 3-day backpacking trip. We backpacked in the first day and camped by Bear Lake. On day two, we went through gunsite pass to the summit and then back to Bear Lake. On day three, we packed up camp and returned the way we came.
Arches National Park, Utah on April 13, 201230-40 minutes | 0.8 miles one wayClass 220 ft elevation gainLandscape Arch is the longest natural arch in the world at 290 feet. The arch is located in the Devils Garden portion of Arches National Park approximately 1 mile from the trailhead.
Goblin Valley State Park, Utah on May 15, 2010Class 2 elevation gainLittle Wildhorse Canyon is one of the most popular hikes near Goblin Valley State Park. Many people choose to hike up Little Wildhorse Canyon and down Bell Canyon.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah on May 14, 20113-5 hours | 6 miles round tripClass 2180 ft elevation gainLower Calf Creek Falls is one of the most well known and unique features in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The trail follows Calf Creek to the 126'-high falls. The hike is 6 miles round trip and takes hikers 3-4 hours. Elevation change on the trail is minimal, but the trail is sandy. In contrast, the falls provide a delightfully cool, shady haven which makes the hike well worth the effort.
Zion National Park, Utah on June 22, 201230-40 minutes | 0.9 miles round tripClass 240 ft elevation gainThe Lower Pine Creek hike is a nice stroll to a waterfall and pond. The waterfall is approximately 15 feet tall, and swimming is allowed in the creek. Some scrambling is required.
Yosemite National Park, California on June 7, 20021-2 hours plus return trip | 1.4 miles one wayClass 21,111 ft elevation gainThe hike to Lower Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park is very pretty and enjoyable. We stopped at the middle cascades instead of continuing to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls because we didn't come prepared. When we go back, I'm sure we'll continue to the top.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 13, 2011up to 3 hours | 1.7 mile driving loop, 0.8 mile round trip to Canary Spring, 1.4 mile round trip on Lower TerraceClass 1 elevation gainThe Mammoth Hot Springs area of Yellowstone is kind of out of the way from the rest of Yellowstone, but it is definitely worth the time. The travertine pools are unlike any other region of Yellowstone.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 11, 201120-30 minutes | 0.8 miles round tripClass 0 elevation gainMidway Geyser Basin is home to two of the largest geothermal features in Yellowstone. The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the US, and Exelsior Geyser Crater discharges over 4,000 gallons per minute.
Nephi, Utah on June 1, 20046 hours | 6 miles round tripClass 2 elevation gainWe tried to hike to the south peak of Mount Nebo in June 2004, but we didn't make it all of the way because there was too much snow. On the way up, we stopped for at least an hour and scratched pictures on the rocks.
Sundance, Utah on July 17, 20044-12 hours | 11.7 miles round tripClass 2 elevation gainThe Mount Timpanogos trail has to be the most popular hike in Utah County - and for good reason. The entire length of the trail is surrounded by rugged beauty.
Richfield, Utah on June 7, 20122 hours | 1.9 miles round tripClass 3 elevation gainNeato Canyon is the name we came up with for a neat canyon west of Richfield. The hike takes you up the canyon, onto the south ridgeline, across a large dryfall, then down the north ridge. The Curtises took us for a stake activity.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 12, 2011up to 3 hours | 3 miles round trip to see everything, shorter paths are availableClass 1 elevation gainNorris Geyser Basin is one of the hottest and most dynamic of Yellowstone's hydrothermal areas. It is divided into two parts: Porcelain Basin and Back Basin. Steamboat Geyser is the tallest active geyser in the world. There are lots of other geysers and hot springs.
Zion National Park, Utah on June 22, 201225 minutes | 0.7 miles round tripClass 3 elevation gainI tried to hike Shelf Canyon, but I went up the wrong drainage. This unnamed canyon is full of growth and isn't very cool besides maybe some rock climbing.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado on April 22, 20121 hour | 2.1 milesClass 1 elevation gainThe Oak Flat Loop trail is a 2-mile loop along the rim of the Black Canyon. When we went in April, much of the trail was covered in snow. The trail was pretty and had a good view of the canyon, but it wasn't as amazing as some of the other trails we've been on.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado on April 21, 201210 minutes | 0.3 miles round tripClass 1 elevation gainThe Painted Wall Overlook in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is a short, 200-yard stroll from the parking area. At 2,250 feet tall, the Painted Wall is the tallest cliff in Colorado. Signs at the lookout explain the white pegmatite intrusions and several of the bird species in the park.
Fremont Indian State Park, Utah on October 9, 201030 minutes | 0.4 miles round tripClass 0 elevation gainThis fun and informative paved trail is 0.4 miles long and starts at the flagpole near the visitor center. Stop at the numbered posts and read the trail message with the corresponding number.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 13, 201110 minutes | 0.1 miles round tripClass 1 elevation gainPetrified Tree in Yellowstone is just that: a petrified tree. But what makes this petrified tree unique is that it is still upright.
Green River, Utah on April 12, 20121 hour | 3 miles round tripClass 3 elevation gainThe hike to Petroglyph Canyon begins at a rest stop along I-70 in Utah. The hike is easy and ends in Petroglyph Canyon, where there are two petroglyph panels.
Moab, Utah on April 12, 201210 minutes | 0.1 miles round tripClass 2 elevation gainThe Poison Spider Dinosaur Tracks are located on two large boulders on the side of a hill near the beginning of the Poison Spider 4x4 road. The upper boulder has tracks of at least 10 different dinosaurs, including Allosaurus, Eubrontes, and Grallator.
Leeds, Utah on June 5, 20111-4 hours | 1.5 miles round tripClass 3 elevation gainThe Red Reef trail is the most popular hike in Red Cliffs Recreation Area near St George. The short family-friendly trail takes hikers to a waterfall and swimming hole.
Richfield, Utah on February 16, 20135-30 minutes | 0.2 miles round tripClass 150 ft elevation gainThis is a short hike up to a 220-year-old lime kiln built by John Kyhl for Jens Larson Jensen. Also at the parking area are an old water wheel and Sevier County's first jail.
Richfield, Utah on October 3, 20121 hour | 1 mile round tripClass 200 ft elevation gainThe Curtises took us on this hike to see several petroglyphs and pictographs near Richfield, UT. There is no trail.
Emery, Utah on September 9, 201145 minutes | 1.1 miles round tripClass 2 elevation gainThe Rochester Panel is a beautiful petroglyph panel located near Emery, UT. Much of the rock art was created by Fremont Indians. The Rochester Panel is easily accessible via a 0.5-mile hiking trail.
11300 S. Wasatch Blvd. Sandy, Utah on July 6, 20111-2 hours | 0.7 miles round tripClass 2 elevation gainThis short, family-friendly hike leads to a waterfall up Rocky Mouth Canyon. The trail is well-maintained and, despite being steep in places, is very easy
Fremont Indian State Park, Utah on October 9, 20101 hour | 0.4 miles round tripClass 1 elevation gainThe parking area 1.5 miles east of the visitor center will give you access to three rock art sites. They are Sheep Shelter, the Indian Blanket and the Water & Emergence Panel. Each of these sites are worth exploring.
Saguaro National Park, Arizona on June 22, 200030 minutes | 0.2 miles round tripClass 1 elevation gainThe hike to Signal Hill Petroglyphs is very short but rewarding. Atop the hill, you will find several petroglyphs created by the Hohokam Indians between 700 and 1300 years ago. Signal Hill is surrounded by saguaro cacti, from which Saguaro National Park gets its name.
Mapleton, Utah on September 1, 20035-8 hours | 10 miles round tripClass 2 elevation gainThe hiking trail to Spanish Fork Peak begins in Whiting Campground in Mapleton, UT. The trail parallels a stream then passes a pond before arriving at the summit.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado on April 21, 201210 minutes | 0.1 miles round tripClass 1 elevation gainThe Sunset View Overlook in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is less than 0.1 miles from the parking area. There are several signs that explain the geology of the area as well as picnic tables.
Arches National Park, Utah on July 1, 20001-2 hours | 1.5 miles round tripClass 1Negligible elevation gainA gentle climb up a gravel loop trail leads to three massive arches (North and South Windows and Turret Arch). An alternate return, slightly longer, is by way of the primitive loop around the back of the two Windows. The primitive loop trail starts at the South Window viewpoint.
Sundance, Utah on July 1, 20035-12 hours | 14 miles round tripClass 2 elevation gainThe Timpenooke trail to Mount Timpanogos Peak is slightly longer than the Mount Timpanogos trail. Because it is longer, it is also less crowded. The Timpenooke trailhead is about 500 feet higher in elevation than the Mount Timpanogos trailhead, and the trail gains elevation slower, so the hike is a little less rigorous.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 13, 201115 minutes | 0.2 miles round tripClass 0 elevation gainTower Fall is a 132-foot waterfall in the Tower-Roosevelt region of Yellowstone National Park. The hike to the overlook is very short (150 yards) and easy.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 13, 201120 minutes | 0.6 miles round tripClass 1 elevation gainUncle Tom's trail is a quick but strenuous hike that ends near the base of Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 12, 2011Up to 3 hours | VariesClass 0 elevation gainOld Faithful is perhaps the most famous geyser in the world. Upper Geyser Basin, which includes Old Faithful, has the largest concentration of geysers in the world and many other geothermal features.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado on April 21, 20121-2 hours | 2.3 miles round tripClass 2 elevation gainThe Warner Point Nature Trail in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is an easy, 1.5-mile round trip hike to a lookout overlooking the deepest part of the Black Canyon. Along the way are 14 markers that highlight natural and historical points of interest along the way.
Zion National Park, Utah on June 10, 200830-45 minutes | 0.4 miles round tripClass 1 elevation gainWeeping Rock is a short fun hike in Zion National Park that takes you to a large cliff that has water dripping out of its face.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 14, 201130 minutes | 0.5 milesClass 0 elevation gainWest Thumb Geyser Basin is located on the west thumb of Yellowstone Lake. This trail/boardwalk makes a loop and passes several hot springs and pools.
Provo, Utah on October 12, 20091-2 hours | 2.2 miles round tripClass 1 elevation gain"Y" Mountain is named for the large concrete letter Y - for BYU - on the side of the mountain. Although the trail is steep, it is well maintained and not very long. Many BYU students hike to the Y daily or weekly as part of their exercise routine.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on July 13, 201110 minutes | 0.2 miles round tripClass 1 elevation gainThe Yellowstone River overlook is a short interpretive trail overlooking the Yellowstone River. Along the trail are signs describing Calcite Springs and Columnar Basalt formations.
Zion National Park, Utah on June 10, 1997Your choice | Go as far as you wantClass 2 elevation gainThe Zion Narrows is an essential stop for everyone visiting Zion National Park. The up-and-back trail starts at the Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop and parallels the Virgin River for one mile along the paved riverside walk. The trail then enters the river and continues as long as you want to go.