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Confluence Overlook Trail (Canyonlands National Park, UT)

Utah’s Canyonlands National Park is sliced into three quadrants by the deep cuts of the Colorado River and the Green River: Island in the Sky, Needles, and The Maze. Yet due to the deep incisions formed by the two rivers, … Continue reading

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Big Spring Canyon – Squaw Canyon Loop Trail (Canyonlands National Park, UT)

One of the principal advantages of hiking in Canyonlands National Park’s Needles District is the abundance of loop hikes. At 7.2 miles, the moderately strenuous Big Spring Canyon to Squaw Canyon loop is one of the shortest. While arguably not … Continue reading

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Chesler Park Loop Trail, including Joint Trail (Canyonlands National Park, UT)

The Needles District in eastern Utah’s Canyonlands National Park features a maze of towering pinnacles, winding canyons, and mushroom rocks—and the Chesler Park Loop winds through perhaps the best of it. The roughly 11-mile stem-and-loop circumnavigates a grassy plain flanked … Continue reading

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Natural Bridges Loop Trail, including Mesa Trail (Natural Bridges National Monument, UT)

The principal wonder of Natural Bridges National Monument in southeast Utah is this: nowhere else in North America—perhaps the world—can you see three of Earth’s largest natural bridges in one day’s hike. Yes, that’s natural bridges, not arches, mind you—the … Continue reading

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