Angels Landing, Zion National Park.

The 20 Best National Park Dayhikes

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By Michael Lanza

America’s most stunning landscapes are protected within our 59 national parks, and some of the finest corners of our national heritage can be reached on dayhikes. Many can be done by kids and novice hikers. I’ve spent a few decades exploring most major U.S. national parks, making numerous trips to popular ones like Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Grand Teton, and Zion (lead photo, above). From the thousands of very scenic miles I’ve hiked over the years, I’ve assembled here a list of the best dayhikes you can walk in our parks. Start ticking them off this year.

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2 Responses to The 20 Best National Park Dayhikes

  1. Ashley L   |  June 6, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Awesome list, you certainly hit the highlights. I love all the desert ones you mentioned (South Kaibab, Delicate Arch, Chesler Park, etc). I REALLY want to visit the North Cascades – it definitely takes the cake for the wild ruggedness. And I didn’t realize it was one of the least visited parks. Another bonus!

  2. billshikingpage   |  June 5, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Michael, some great hikes for sure! Agree with most, need to hike the rest! Other NP hikes to consider: Garfield Peak or Cleetwood Cove Trails at Crater Lake, Precipice or Beehive Trails in Acadia, Sliding Sands Trail at Haleakala (Maui), Hurricane Hill in Olympic, Hidden Lake Overlook Trail in Glacier, Bristlecone/Glacier trail in Great Basin, Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton…

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