The summer is winding down and back to school is almost here. Why not take a lasts minute trip to the desert for a final hot blast of summer? Each of our Western destinations offers hiking, beautiful vistas, and views for miles. Grab your hiking shoes and plenty of water and enjoy a final hike through some of the best the Western US has to offer travelers.
Palm Springs, CA
Surrounded by beautiful desert landscape, you can hike or bike during the morning and take a mid-century modern architecture tour in the afternoon.
Photo by Paige Spee.
Borrego Springs, CA
Named for the herds of big horn sheep that wander the Anzo-Borrego State Park, the largest of California’s state parks offers golf, tennis, and horseback riding.
Photo by Off The Beaten Track.
The Boyce Thompson State Park offers hiking trails and a large collection of plants, flowers, and trees.
Photo by Tim Brewer.
Visit Arches National Park for the world’s biggest collection of natural stone openings. Next visit Canyonlands National Park located on top of a 1000 ft mesa for incredible views of canyons for thousands of miles.
Photo by Steve Hirsch.
Head to Sabino Canyon for lots of hiking trails and the cooling waterfalls near Sabino Creek.
Photo by Cara Mason Rea.
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Hike a mile down into the canyon or hire a helicopter to get a more vertical view of one of the most popular tourist sites in the US.
Photo by Carson Tilley.
Joshua Tree State Park, CA
Rock climbing, hiking and scrambling are all popular in this California favorite.
Photo by Tales from the Mutiny.