The 10 Best Backpacking Trips in the Southwest.

The 10 Best Backpacking Trips in the Southwest

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By Michael Lanza

Everyone remembers his or her first visit to the desert Southwest. The bizarre, vividly colored geology of southern Utah and Arizona ignites wildfires of the imagination that burn permanent impressions. I recall staring at rock formations sculpted in ways I’d never observed before and thinking, “How can this be?” And you’ll find very worthy dayhikes and roadside eye candy in classic parks like Grand Canyon, Zion, and Canyonlands. But leaving civilization for days to probe more deeply into those parks—and other canyon-country gems you may not know much about—opens invisible doors to experiences that amplify the feelings inspired by these mystical landscapes.

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5 Responses to The 10 Best Backpacking Trips in the Southwest

  1. Mitch Stevens   |  February 12, 2017 at 7:23 am

    You’re welcome MIchael!

  2. Mitch Stevens   |  February 12, 2017 at 7:06 am

    I’ve been enjoying your hiking posts. Keep up the awesome work!

    I put together a new blog post called Take a Hike: 7 of the Grandest Adventures in the Southwest. It highlights the best 7 backpacking trips in the southwest, in my humble opinion (lol). I’m sure many if not all of them you’ve been on.

    • MichaelALanza   |  February 12, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Hey Mitch,

      That’s a great list. I’ve had Deer-Kanab and Nankoweap on my to-do list for a while, gotta get over there. I hadn’t heard of the Galiuro Mountains, so you’ve added something to my list! Thanks for the ideas.

  3. MichaelALanza   |  January 2, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Great suggestion, Mitch. That hike has been on my to-do list for a while. It’s a good fall hike, of course, because North Rim trailheads aren’t accessible until late spring, when the inner canyon is getting too hot for backpacking. I hope to be writing about that hike before long.

  4. Mitch Stevens   |  December 31, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Great list Michael! I suggest Grand Canyon’s Deer Creek/Kanab Creek loop, one of my all-time favorite backpacks. You start out descending the Bill Hall Trail to Upper Tapeats Campground and Thunder River. Then swing over to the Patio and Deer Falls along the Colorado River by way of Surprise Valley. 7 grueling miles ensue along the Colorado to Kanab Creek, before hiking up this drainage with its many wonders to the rim via the Sowats Trail.

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