Hiking the Chesler Park Trail, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park.

5 Great Southwest Hiking Trips You Can Take This Spring (Even If You Haven’t Planned Ahead)

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By Michael Lanza

The Grand Canyon. The Narrows in Zion National Park. Paria Canyon. The Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. These are among the best backpacking trips in the Southwest—arguably in the country. But their renown demands that you plan those trips and apply for a backcountry permit months in advance. If you haven’t done that already, you’re likely out of luck for ticking off one of them this spring. But there are lesser-known, gorgeous hiking and backpacking trips you can still take in the Southwest this spring, even if you’re only getting around to planning a trip right now.

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4 Responses to 5 Great Southwest Hiking Trips You Can Take This Spring (Even If You Haven’t Planned Ahead)

  1. Paul Nehlson   |  March 11, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Upvote for Grand Staircase, though it does require some advanced planning, since it’s such a big area, and still fairly undeveloped.

  2. Kirsten   |  March 7, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Paria Canyon is the most magnificent thing I’ve ever done in my life! One of the hardest for sure, along with winter camping I did last weekend!

    -Kirsten // http://www.porkandcookies.com

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