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America’s Best Day Hikes: Southwest

From canyons to rock art to waterfalls, the Southwest has an abundance of natural beauty.

Pole Canyon, NV

Look for wild horses, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, and golden eagles in this wildlife-packed limestone canyon in Great Basin National Park. Do the nine-mile hike in fall to see aspens change color.

Oak Creek Canyon, AZ
Cruise past towering limestone and sandstone cliffs, plus swimming holes and ancient basalt lava fields, on this West Fork Trail six-miler.
Info (928) 203-2903

Jordan Hot Springs, NM
Hike six miles deep into the Gila Wilderness and soak in a steaming pool ringed by emerald ferns.
Info (575) 388-8201

The Jug, AZ Hike-swim-rappel on this canyoneering adventure in the Salome Wilderness. The five-mile route traces a pink-granite gorge filled with pools and slides.
Info (928) 467-3200

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