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Bryce Canyon National Park: Peekaboo-Queens Garden Loop

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OK, so this hike will probably be crowded. But there’s a reason some things attract a crowd. This loop hike gives you a little taste of everything the park has to offer: hoodoos, windows and red rock as far as the eye can see.

Round trip: 5.5 miles

Elevation gain: 582 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Zion National Park: Pa’rus Trai

This is for the easy-going national park hiker. This 3½-mile paved trail leads from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to Canyon Junction. The trail follows the Virgin River and is a popular place to walk and bike.

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Canyonlands National Park: Slickrock Trail

This is a great trail if you only have time for a short hike in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park or you need a short hike for the kids. The Slickrock Trail has three designated viewpoints plus scenery as you go.

Round trip: 2.8 miles

Elevation gain: 103 feet

Difficulty: Easy

— Nate Carlisle

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