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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.

 

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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.
Info nps.gov/grba

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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