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Trip Finder: Southwest

Your favorite Southwest hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.


 West Clear Creek, AZ
Hit the upper six miles of this 25-mile gash in the rugged Mogollon Rim near Payson. Prepare for frequent wading and a swim at mile 1.2 as the canyon walls pinch tight. Camp at mile five and return–or add two days to tackle pools and drops in the central section.

PEAK Mogollon Crest Trail, NM
Spend a few days in the Gila Wilderness—summiting big-view balds, scrambling through canyons, marveling at ruins, and relaxing in hot springs—and you’ll wish for more than a weekend. From Sandy Point, this 24-mile out-and-back traces ridges and hits three

CANYON Elephant Canyon Loop, UT
The astounding crack-and-needle landscape of Canyonlands National Park will make you think you’re walking on some distant planet. Connect the Chesler Park and Joint Trails on this 11-mile loop (camp at Chesler Park). Got time? Add a four-mile sidehike to Druid

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