July 29, 2016
You read our hiking guide for best practices and tips on getting the most out of your next hike, now it’s time to choose your course! Garfield County is full of gorgeous landscapes, fascinating wildlife and challenging terrain. We’ve pulled together some of the top spots for hiking in the area. Enjoy!
Calf Creek Falls
Hike to a secluded waterfall just upstream from Lower Calf Creek, a true natural gem. Lower Calf Creek Falls is a short, two-mile hike roundtrip, just be careful on a steep ascent and descent as you make your way to the falls.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Take a sturdy vehicle down Hole in the Rock Road, a scenic backway through the Grand Staircase. Along the way you’ll find a number of slot canyons to hike including Spooky Gulch and Peek-a-boo.
Then spend time hiking through areas such as Devils Garden or Coyote Gulch for views of the unique geological features throughout the area.
Follow the ancient footsteps on paths that date back to the early Anasazi Native Americans. Evidence suggests that these travelers were some of the first to cross these paths.
The Grand Parade Trail is a scenic 1.5-mile trail on the valley floor of the Kodachrome Basin.
Bryce Canyon National Park
If you’re looking for a relaxed hike overlooking several scenic viewpoints, check out Bryce Canyon National Park’s Rim Trail, a 4.7-mile trail connecting each of the most popular viewpoints.
For a more strenuous hike within the park’s unique hoodoos, try the Navajo Loop Trail, accessed from Sunset Point. This is a 2.2-mile loop with a fairly difficult ascent.
**Check at the local visitor’s center for additional maps and the current road and hiking conditions before heading out.**