Yellowstone National Park has no shortage of beautiful and remarkable trails to explore. While the most popular trails will likely remain the boardwalks accessing the thermal features, venturing off the boardwalks can yield some unexpectedly mesmerizing results.
Yellowstone National Park is flush with incredible thermal features, many of them easily accessible thanks to a series of boardwalk hikes scattered throughout the park.
The hike to the Static Peak Divide is a strenuous 8 mile (one way) trail that ascends up a small side canyon of Death Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.
The Oxbow Bend Overlook Trail intersects with the Emma Matilda Lake Trail to create a moderate 4 mile loop originating from Jackson Lake Lodge.
The Bug Canyon to Grand View Point Loop is a moderate 4.4 mile hike found in northern Grand Teton National Park, bringing hikers to the signature viewpoint via the scenic route.
The descent to Marion Lake from the Jackson Hole Tram is a strenuous 6.5 mile hike, quickly crossing from Bridger-Teton National Forest into Grand Teton National Park.
Containing some of the most unusual and iconic rock formations in the world, Arches National Park is no stranger to outstanding hikes.
The Signal Mountain Summit Trail is a strenuous 3 mile ascent up its namesake mountain in Grand Teton National Park, providing an alternate way down for a change in scenery.
Bryce Canyon National Park is considered a smaller park compared to other national parks, but the hiking is equally beautiful and sublime as any trail you’ll find.
The Emma Matilda Lake Loop is a moderate 11 lollipop loop taking hikers around the serene Emma Matilda Lake in northern Grand Teton National Park.
The South Landing trail in Grand Teton National Park is an easy 1 mile round trip hike that brings hikers to a pair of campsites along the shore of Jackson Lake.
The Horseshoe Bend Trail is an easy 0.6 mile walk along a paved route that ends at a massively deep section of Glen Canyon where it makes a distinct U-shape.
The Southbound Loop of the Lava Trail System in Hell’s Half Acre is an easy 0.75 mile loop that brings weary drivers over a young volcanic landscape along I-15 in southeastern Idaho.
The trail to Grosvenor Arch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah is a quick and easy 0.1 mile walk along a paved trail to the base of the massive 150 foot high double arch.
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The Botany Bay hike to Driftwood Beach is an easy 0.5 mile hike from the trailhead to the ocean beach, with rewarding views of gnarled driftwood on the Atlantic Coast.
The Stono River County Park Trail is an easy 1.5 mile round-trip hike that brings hikers to gorgeous wetlands along the namesake river and through isolated forests.
The full Devils Garden Trail is a strenuous 8.35 mile loop, and has the unique distinction of being Arches National Park’s longest and hardest maintained trail.
The Double O Arch Trail is a moderate 3.75 mile one way hike in the Devils Garden of Arches National Park, bringing hikers to a spectacular double-decker arch, with many more along the way.
The Swan Lake and Heron Pond Loop is a fantastic short and easy hike found in the northern portion of Grand Teton National Park, covering 3.3 miles round trip.
The Landscape Arch hike is an easy 2 mile round trip hike that brings hikers to Arches National Park’s largest natural arch.
The Big Horn Overlook Trail is an easy 3.2 mile round trip hike beginning from the Visitor Center in Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah.
The Dead Horse Point Loop Trail is a moderate 8.25 mile trail that links together the East Rim and West Rim Trails, as well as all the overlooks included.
The East Rim Trail in Dead Horse State Park, Utah is an easy 1.8 mile one-way hike that features unparalleled views of the scenery unfolding east of the park.
The West Rim Trail in Dead Horse Point State Park is an easy 6.5 mile hike. This includes the Big Horn Overlook, the Rim Overlook, and the Meander Overlook
The Delicate Arch hike is easily the most popular hike in Arches National Park, bringing hikers to arguably the most recognizable natural arch over a 1.5 mile moderate hike.
The White Rim Overlook Trail is an easy 0.9 mile out and back hike in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park, bringing hikers to panoramic views overlooking the deep chasms surrounding the point.
Whale Rock is a moderate 0.4 mile hike in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park, bringing hikers to the top of a sandstone fin with 360 degree panoramic views.
The Murphy Trail is an 11 mile round trip lollipop loop hike that starts in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
The Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail is an easy 3 mile hike in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah that features a beautiful waterfall pouring over 126 feet into a blue-green pool below.
The Cottonwood Narrows hike is an easy 1.7 mile through a deep gorge along Cottonwood Creek in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.
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The Balanced Rock Trail is an easy 0.3 mile hike in Arches National Park that circumnavigates the prominent titular sandstone feature.
The Sand Dune Arch and Broken Arch hike is a 1.7 mile round trip, with the option to extend it into 2.9 miles to include Tapestry Arch and the full Broken Arch Loop.
The summer season in Grand Teton National Park is prime hiking season. This is a short list of classic must-do hikes in the park.
The Lava Trail Loop is a 1 mile loop on Hell’s Half Acre, Idaho that brings hikers across a rugged and wild volcanic landscape.
The Twenty Mile Trail is a 5.1 mile hike in Hell’s Half Acre beginning at the Lava Rocks Trailhead in the Snake River Plain of southeastern Idaho. While the trail itself is 4.5 miles, it will require you to use a section of the shorter loop trail which will add about 0.5 miles each way.
The Garnet Canyon hike in Grand Teton National Park is a strenuous 4.2 trail that optionally continues farther up to the Lower Saddle and beyond.
The Broken Top Loop Trail is an easy 1.8 mile loop in Craters of the Moon National Monument that brings hikers around the youngest volcano on the Snake River Plain.
Grand Teton National Park has no shortage of incredible hiking opportunities. With over 200 miles of trails within the park boundaries, it can keep mountain lovers always thirsting for more.
The Tree Molds Trail is an easy 1 mile hike in Craters of the Moon National Monument to a unique feature in a lava flow.
Five of the best hiking trails that Capitol Reef National Park and its Waterpocket Fold has to offer, ranging from short and easy to long and strenuous.
The Inferno Cone hike is a strenuous 0.2 mile trail in Craters of the Moon National Monument that goes straight up a cinder cone to provide panoramic views of the surrounding terrain.
Grand Wash is an easy 2.3 mile hike in Capitol Reef National Park that brings hikers through a deep canyon with imposing narrows roughly halfway through the hike.
The Devil’s Orchard Trail is an easy 0.5 mile paved loop in Craters of the Moon National Monument that features large chunks of lava carried down from the nearby craters.
The Spatter Cone Trail is an easy 0.1 mile paved trail that brings visitors into a dormant spatter cone in Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Springtime hiking in Grand Teton National Park is still highly enjoyable despite the Teton Mountains being covered in snow.
The North Crater Trail is a moderate 1.8 mile hike in Craters of the Moon National Monument that brings hikers along the caldera rims of large volcanic craters.
The Phelps Lake Overlook hike is a moderate 2 mile round-trip hike that brings visitors to the top of a glacial moraine, providing a stunning overlook of Phelps Lake below. The destination can either be a short and easy hike, or a scenic stop along the way to Phelps Lake itself, or Death Canyon.
The hike to the Death Canyon Patrol Cabin is a strenuous 4 mile trek into Death Canyon of the Teton Mountains. Along the way, you’re treated to stunning and changing views of Phelps Lake both approaching, as well as climbing higher through the mouth of the canyon.