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Mountain Bikers Campground

Nice spot to camp between Arches and Canyonlands. Popular with mountain bikers and hikers. Sites are clean and the camp hosts are friendly. Good birdwatching!

So Much to Explore

This trail passes by arches, across washes, up slickrock, and everything in-between. It's a great hike in Arches, plus, it's length keeps it relatively quiet even on busy days. Bring a lot of water.

My Favorite Place to Camp

Redfish Lake is my favorite place to camp. The views are spectacular, especially at sunrise and sunset. Bring chairs to lounge on the beach, and a kayak or paddle board if you have it.

Chilly Swim

Jenny Lake is a great place to check out an alpine lake with mountain views. Bring a wetsuit for an open water swim.

Check out the Granary

Nice hike through Canyonlands. The star of the trail for me was the ancient corn granary built under the cliff face.

Cool Rock Scramble

Cool spot to explore, accessed by a pretty dirt road. Not too much to hike, but plenty of rocks to scramble over.

Unique Hike, Ton of People

Hiked this trail after a day of rain and the waterfalls were fantastic. It's unique to pass so many waterfalls in a single trail. I have never, though, hiked a trail with more people. There were times I was waiting in line to get up a rock staircase or move 50 feet down the trail. Nuts!

A Trail Through an Arch? Awesome.

The trail to Jeep Arch requires a bit of trail savvy as it's not well marked. Anyone used to traveling in the desert, or keeping a keen eye open for cairns, will be fine. Trail follows a canyon ridge before climbing up and through Jeep Arch. Nice and quiet.

Worth the Stop

These petroglyphs are easy to pass by as they are so high off the road. The parking is easy, and then look up to see the rock art. There is a ton of it!

Cool Roadside Stop

Great roadside stop to check out recently discovered dinosaur tracks petrified in mud. Very cool to see when mountain biking the nearby Monitor Merrimac trail.

Easy Hike, Great Views

Nice easy hike to a heady overview of the White Rim and White Rim trail. Would be great for kids, but watch them on the cliff edge!

Take in All the Views

Long trail into a cool and remote arch. The view from Druid Arch, looking back through the valley, is stunning. The hike is challenging for the length, but not too much climbing until the very end.

Great Beginner Slickrock

The Monitor-Merrimac trail deserves four stars for the fun slickrock descent alone. The rest of the trail has plenty of sandy spots that'll require hike-a-bike for even experienced hikers. But for not too much climbing, you get a crazy fun, gradual descent over a massive arena of slickrock. So fun you might want to do hot laps of that section alone. Great scenery throughout. Be sure to check out the Dinosaur Tracks a short 1/4 mile hike from the parking area. Seriously, don't miss them.

Sweet Arch

Cool, short hike to a unique arch. It looks like it was formed with a chubby hand and Playdoh! Busy spot but worth it. Traversing some slick rock and climbing one metal ladder is required to reach the arch.

Busy, But Pretty, Trail

Great trail close to Moab. It has recently been renamed "Grandstaff Canyon" (which was Bill's last name). Morning Glory Arch is spectacular. Do not expect solitude on this trail - it's a popular one! As others have mentioned, be careful on the numerous water crossings (or wear water shoes).

Beautiful Loop

Gorgeous loop through the red rocks. Plus, it's a nice escape from the crowds at Bell Rock! Parking lot is small and crowded, you may need to be patient to shark a spot.

Beautiful Hike, Easy to Reach from Dublin

The DART train from Dublin makes this hike super easy to get to, even if you don't have a car. The views are beautiful as the trail hugs the cliffs' edge. Beware that if you are afraid of heights, this may not be your trail. Four stars instead of five because this trail is crowded, especially when the DART trains arrive. I hiked on a blustery November day and had a hundred hikers for company.

Beautiful, A Worthy Detour

Upper Mesa Falls is gorgeous, the viewing platforms allow you to get closer than I expected. There are a good number of people, but with some patience you can get a great view.

Exquisite Alice Lake

Alice Lake is one of the crown jewels of Sawtooth day hikes. If your legs (and lungs!) allow, circumnavigate the lake for unique views.

Short Hike, Tall Views

This hike has outsized views for it's length and effort. Beautiful at sunset!

Great Hike, Beautiful Water

This is an excellent hike close to Sun Valley. The emerald water is gorgeous, and a nice reprieve on a hot day.

Fun Spot for Kids

The Flume is beautiful, and so much fun as a kid! Good for adults, too.

Beautiful Lighthouse

Great views at this southern Maine classic lighthouse.

A Hailey Staple

Great views on this in-town hike.