The Salt Creek Trail is like a showroom of arches, cliff dwellings, ruins, and rock art. Add year-round water, and you’ve got some of the finest desert backpacking in the land. Stay at site 3, under a shady oak with views of the canyon walls. Take the long way: 22.5-mile Upper Salt Creek Trail. Trailhead Cathedral Butte and Peakaboo Shuttlecoyoteshuttle.comSeason Spring and fall Permit Free; reserve up to four months ahead.