SLOT Paria Canyon/Buckskin Gulch, UT/AZ
Life slows to elemental simplicity–rock, water, sky–on this 39-mile trek through the West’s showiest slot. From White House trailhead, splash through the The Narrows, sidehike into Buckskin Gulch, and enjoy Edenic camping under cottonwoods on your way to Lees Ferry.nblm.gov/az/paria
PEAK Crest Trail, NM
The CT traverses 44 miles across the spine of the White Mountains Wilderness, home to the tallest peaks in southern New Mexico. From Skyline Campground, hike through meadows and along streams to summit views of the desert basin. Return or exit at FR 108.fs.us/r4/lincoln
CANYON Grandview, Tonto, Bright Angel Trails, AZ
Get the Grand’s finest views on this 35-miler. Descend from Grandview Point to Cottonwood Creek and head west on the Tonto Trail. Go 14 miles to Grapevine Creek and Lonetree Canyon. Continue to the campsite at Indian Gardens; hike out to the Bright Angel trailhead. nps.gov/grca
Salt Lake City hiker Ryan Malavolta, 30, relishes his nearby trail options. “Close-to-home Neffs Canyon is my favorite,” he says. “Neffs Canyon Trail has top-notch colors in the spring and fall, and my dog Janna loves the creek and trailside meadows.”.