50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks by Greg Witt

By Greg Witt

Utah's 5 nationwide parks—Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion—hold the most awe-inspiring geology on this planet. every one park deals viewers the dramatic surroundings that invitations exploration and discovery.
In 50 top brief Hikes in Utah's nationwide Parks, veteran mountaineering advisor Greg Witt stocks the simplest routes in every one park, hikes which are either “must see" and available. Park viewers who're brief on time will locate this e-book to be the appropriate touring significant other, since it fast is helping readers determine the hikes and points of interest that may make the simplest use in their time and supply greatest enjoyment.
Each hike within the booklet comprises distances, highlights, region maps, and easy-to-follow trailhead instructions to make hike choice speedy and effective. as soon as at the path, the distinctive maps, course description, and interpretive info insure that hikers get the main out in their trip.
Even avid hikers and skilled wasteland explorers will find...

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ROUTE The wide and well-compacted route leads from the south side of the parking area across a flat stretch of blackbrush before arriving at a fork, with the Windows to the left and Turret Arch to the right. Taking the route to the left and tackling the trail in a clockwise direction leads up a stairway crafted in sandstone blocks in the direction of the Windows. Arriving first at the larger North Window, you’ll gaze through an arch that is 51 feet high and 93 feet wide. Because the base of the North Window sits almost level with the desert floor, it nicely frames a vista of distant mesas and cliffs to the southeast.

Simplified, yes, but everything you see in Utah’s national parks indicates these three steps. And the desert climate, with its attendant lack of vegetation, makes the geology so much more visible and accessible. Think about it: If the Colorado Plateau were as forested as the Pacific Northwest, these national parks wouldn’t exist because you would never notice the arches, hoodoos, slickrock, or magnificent sandstone monuments. So be thankful for the desert, which exposes this beautiful terrain and makes it so accessible for hikers.

If you’re on your own, you can make your descent into the Fiery Furnace from either the northeast or southeast side of the parking area. Along any of the three well-beaten trails you’ll arrive at the fringe of the Fiery Furnace within 200 yards. Once you’ve entered, the parking area and trailhead are out of view, so you’ll need to rely on a keen sense of direction to find your way back. If you do get disoriented or lost, the best advice is to head in a westerly direction, which will ensure that you cross the Arches Scenic Drive at some point rather than wandering off into the desert.

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