Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is an absolute wonderland of desert beauty, slot canyons, arches, wildlife, and complete and total nothing-ness. And I barely even scratched the surface here. Read all about my four day trip here with a couple of my friends!
Perhaps my favorite trail in the park, the Peekaboo Loop trail in Bryce Canyon National Park is an absolute beauty! The trail itself is 5.2 miles long with a total elevation gain of 1,453 feet and is most commonly done as a loop trail. The trail starts near Bryce Point; you traverse down a series of switchbacks until you get to your first crossroads. From there, do the trail in either direction! I usually go right, making this trip counter-clockwise. Sometimes, park rangers say you must complete the trail in a certain direction. Be sure to pay attention to all signs!
One of the most popular hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park, the Navajo and Queen's Garden loop is famous for a reason! It is a 2.9 mile roundtrip hike, with 646 feet of elevation gain and features an easy trail rating, a gorgeous hike down to the canyon floor, and spectacular rock formations with scenic lookout points over the duration of the trail.