The border between Utah and Arizona has incredible landscapes and fascinating places of interest such as Kodachrome Park basin, the dead horse point, horseshoe bend - better known as Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and Zion. You must book to visit this simple but spectacular rock, as only 20 people a day can access it. The road to the place takes just over 1 hour (including stopping for pictures).
Perhaps of all the trails in Zion NP that we came across, this was the most spectacular, the Emerald Pools. There are three interconnected circuits. We did all of them, and it was worth it. We could see the falls from above below. A waterfall that leads to another two below. The path was very good, although the slopes were rather slippery, we had to be careful. It's a shame that you cannot capture it in photos, but the perfectly vertical slope, the reflection that it gave, the waterfall and the lush vegetation makes you feel like you are in a unique, magical place, like a true adventurer wanting more experiences to discover. The ups and downs were the worst, but it was still so rewarding ...
This park is huge. It is full of paths and walks where you can cycle, walk or skate. There is also a house that you can rent for weddings and parties. You see a lot travelers in the summer and people playing golf in the winter people come to ski or go sledding with their dogs. It has activities for all the seasons.
Driving on highway 56 to the north coast, the road ends at Haena Beach Park which is the starting point for the Kalalau Trail, which lets you follow the trail of Native Hawaiians, to the coastal valleys of Na Pali. The path is long if you want to walk it all, so you must ask permission from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, if you need to set up camp halfway along it. There is also the option of camping in Haena Beach Park, at the trailhead, but you must plan ahead and keep in mind, you should ask permission from the Department of Parks & Recreation (Mon to Fri - Lihue) and you can only camp on Mondays.
The hike to the Horseshoe Bend site is an easy trek and provides an opportunity to admire the Colorado River in a beautiful landscape. From the parking that is accessed from Highway 89, the trail is wide and well marked. The view at the edge of the cliff is beautiful, with the red rocks of Utah and Arizona. Here the Colorado river forms a U shape - from whence it gets its name.
Originating in the heart of the park, near the pretty little river that flows peacefully amidst rocky cliffs, Angels Landing is one of the most difficult hikes of Zion National Park but undoubtedly one of the more beautiful and impressive ones. The hike (or climb!) takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes. You climb over 1825 meters high (hard for your thighs!) following a path that is very well-marked at first and then winds through the mountain. There are beautiful views of the valleys and the trek ends a half mile from the actual ascent. It's really challenging, especially when using the metal chains on the rock wall. Everything is quite dangerous (children and people who suffer from vertigo should not do this) but the arrival at the summit is simply amazing and absolutely stunning. It is a must do!
There are many paths to follow in Zion Park, with varying levels of difficulty. The Riverside Walk is the easiest and most comfortable in the area. At the last stop of the tour, The Temple of Sinawava, the shuttle bus drops you off at the start of the path 1.5km or so from which point you can only walk. The landscape changes as the throat becomes narrower as you near the end. Be careful with the river, with the rain it can rise very quickly causing the path to flood. It can be very dangerous because the slopes are so steep you have nowhere to climb. The wildlife here is diverse: the golden eagle, big-eared mule deer, mountain lion (cougar) ... but we just found a friendly squirrel. At the end of the path is the mother of paths, only for experts. It is known as The Narrows. It is a dead end and is reached in 12 hours.
After going to a few different parts of the Grand Canyon (Mather Point, Sunrise Point ...) we went to the Bright Angel Lodge to take a walk. The Bright Angel Trail is easy enough with good shoes, and you can see the famous arches as well as some Indian villages at the bottom.
This makes me so sad. My childhood had many memories of the bridge and all its beauty. I wanted to take my family to enjoy this experience, but sadly decided not to, due to the drug activity and alcohol abuse that has affected the area badly. The cars parked in the area regularly get vandalized. Really disappointed to see that one of my favorite childhood attractions has become a dangerous place for visitors.
The trail ascends through the body of the giant Kanaka Nunui Moe, offering us views of the valleys of Nonou Forest Reserve, leading to the summit where you can watch, whilst sitting on wooden benches, the waves crashing against the coast of Kapaa Town. The path is 2.7 miles.
The perfect way to visit Everglades National Park is by a propeller boat, though there is also a road of over 20 km through the park, so you can drive if you prefer. Just past the main visitor center, on the left, we find two paths leading to one of the park's most spectacular sites. The trail is short, just over 1 km, and enters a swamp where over a hundred alligators live (it is said that the best time to see them is early in the morning). Besides these alligators, I was lucky enough to see some snakes, lizards and lots of birds.
This trail is one of the most beautiful and easy to walk routes in the area. You can find it in the Chugach State Park (State Park Chugach mountains), behind the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood. It is an eight kilometer road that rises and falls through the forest and has amazing views. You can walk it in two or three hours but be careful of the bears. It's definitely worth doing if you like nature.
Primitive Loop is a pleasant hiking trail that runs through Arches National Park, near Moab in Utah. It showcases all the major natural wonders of the park, but is quite difficult; at times, you'll be climbing more than hiking. In winter, the small frozen lakes make it a bit harder. But your effort will be rewarded by the beautiful scenery. Perfect for adventurous types!
Starting at the foot of the panel which points out the precise location of the Grand View Point Overlook, you can find a nice, short hike here that runs about 1.5 miles along a marked trail, and will lead you to the most spectacular views in Canyonlands National Park. The terrain is flat and hilly, so it's not too difficult.
Starting in the middle of the park, near the picnic area, the Hickman Bridge Trail is a hike that will lead you through some of the natural wonders of Capitol Reef National Park. It's a small, well-marked trail that is accessible to all (low altitude, no rocks, and you don't need hiking boots), and runs for about a mile to Hickman Bridge, a natural bridge formed by erosion. Going there and back again takes about an hour at a leisurely pace.
I was in San Diego and decided to do something a bit different. I had read that it was difficult, which proved to be a real understatement! Uphill, downhill, practically rockclimbing at some points ... take plenty of water, more than you think you'll need. Finally, we reached the three falls ... however, we were unlucky, as it was August, and the waterfall was dry! Under the last waterfall was a nice natural pool that we could enjoy, a bit of refreshment on a very hot day.
Behold Forest Park, a 5,100 acre wooded area nestled up to Portland. It's the largest forested natural area within city limits in the U.S. For an outdoorsy person, it's a must-see in Portland. The Wildwood Trail is a great trail to hike. It's a 30 mile long loop system within Forest Park. Open year round, but best conditions are in the late-spring, summer, and fall. A common starting place is in Northwest Portland. It's an easy-moderate hike with some incline and a well maintained path. Beautiful, lush forest will surround you and the natural beauty will astonish you. An interesting landmark on the trail is the stone house, an abandoned stone structure that used to be a public restroom built in the 1930s. A storm eventually took out the water line, and it was never repaired. Today, it serves as a great break or lunch spot on this lovely hike. The trail can see a lot of traffic on nice weekend afternoons, so venture far in or seek a different trail further outside of portland if you want to get away from people. However, it's convenience to Portland will be forever cherished. Don't miss it!
The Teton Pass is a high mountain pass that lies between Wyoming and Idaho in the USA. You will definitely pass it if you are traveling to Yellowstone National Park from Idaho. This area is popular for skiing during the winter and mountain biking during summer. Elevation at the highest point is at 2,570m. above sea level. From here, you can the witness the splendid view over the valley. There's a couple of hiking trails to take you around the area too and it gets popular during summertime.