The warm weather is winding down in Southern Utah, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have some last-minute fun-in-the sun. We’re talking about doing some of those really long hikes – the ones that might be too strenuous to attempt in the heat of summer. So here is the Lodge at Red River Ranch’s list of three awesome long hikes for late fall:
Peek-a-boo Loop Trail – this is a 6-mile loop in Bryce Canyon that showcases the best the park has to offer. The trail begins at Bryce Point – on of the best overlooks in the park – follows the rim and descends into the amphitheater, giving you an up-close experience. The path will bring you back to Bryce Point – unless you decide to hop on the Navajo Loop Trail for an extended trip.
Lower Muley Twist – this is one of the longest trails in Capitol Reef National Park. It is located in the Waterpocket Fold – the southern section of the park – and can be mercilessly hot in the summer. The trail begins on the Burr Trail Road (near the switch-backs) and continues through miles of solitude before leading you into Lower Muley Twist Canyon. You’ll get to experience real wilderness here – but be aware that the whole loop is 23-miles long.
Angel’s Landing – of course we have to mention Zion National Park’s killer trail. It’s probably the most famous hike in Utah. And while you’ll still have to ascend an unholy amount of vertical feet, at least you’ll be much cooler while you do it. But, let’s be honest, that view of Zion Canyon is worth the effort anytime of the year. Angel’s Landing is 5-miles round trip and should take about 4 hours.