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North Rim Grand Canyon Hiking Trails

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon has some great hiking trails without all the crowds of the South Rim. While you are hiking at the North Rim remember to keep a look out for California condors, regarded as one of the rarest birds in the world. By the 1980’s fewer than two dozen condors lived in the wild. Grand Canyon National Park has participated in the condor reintroduction program with encouraging results. As many as 73 condors have been known to soar over the area, thus making the park one of the easiest places to view California Condors

 

Cape Royal Trail

The trail to Cap Royal and Angel’s Window both begin at the Cape Royal parking lot. This is a flat paved trail and is handicapped accessible. You will have magnificent views of Angel’s Window, the inner canyon and the Colorado River. There are also interpretive markers along the way to explain the natural history of the area. (0.5 miles, 30 minutes)

 

Transept Trail

This is one of the easiest trails, is very well maintained, easy to follow and handicapped accessible. The Park Service does often offer a Ranger Talk that takes you along part of this trail. The Transept Trail runs between the North Rim Campground and the Grand Canyon Lodge. (1.5 miles, 2 hours)

bright-angel-trail-tunnelBright Angel Point Trail

Just a short walk from the Grand Canyon Lodge is the Bright Angel Point trail. This is an easy, self-guided nature trail that leads you to a spectacular view of the canyon. Here you can see and hear the sounds of Roaring Spring which is more than 3,000 feet below the Rim. (Approx. 1.5 miles, 30 minutes)

 

The Uncle Jim Trail

This trail will bring you out to Uncle Jim’s Point where you have fantastic views of the upper portion of the North Kaibab Trail. The Uncle Jim Trail winds through the alpine forest to a point overlooking the canyon. This trail begins at the North Kaibab Trail parking lot. (Approx. 5 miles, 3 hours)

 

Widforss Trail

The Widforss Trail has a great blending of forest and canyon scenery. This trail provides an excellent view of the Buddha Temple. The trail starts at the Widforss Trail parking area which is one mile down the dirt Point Sublime Road and one-quarter mile south of Cape Royal Road turnoff. (Approx. 10 miles, 6 hours)

 

North Kaibab Trail

This trail is the only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim. On this trail you will get an nkappreciation for the beauty and immense size of the canyon. The trail ends at Bright Angel Campground and the Colorado River.  This trail is not recommended as a day hike and it is strenuous. If you want to make a day hike out of this trail then go off onto the Coconion Overlook (1.5 miles round trip) or the Supai Tunnel (4 miles round trip) (9.4 miles, 6 to 8 hours)

 

Ken Patrick Trail

This trail takes you from the trail head along the northern drainage of Bright Angel Canyon. You will wind through the forest and along the rim from Point Imperial to the North Kaibab Trail parking area. THIS IS NOT AN EASY TRAIL AND CAN BECOME DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLLOW. (Approx. 10 miles one way, 12 hours)

 

Some of the best times of the year to hike these trails are in May, September and in early October. The park is closed during the winter months due to snow.

Day hikes that go farther then Roaring Springs are not recommended as a day hike. If you are going on one of the trails that are not marked as “easy” then please check in with the Ranger station before you leave on your hike.  And remember to keep your eyes open for a sighting of Condors!

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Outdoor Adventure – How to prepare for Southern Utah

Outdoor Adventure” should be the nick name for Southern Utah.

  Utah is one of the top destinations in the country for anyone who likes the outdoors.  There is a vast amount of outdoor activities and always something to fit everyone, especially in Southern Utah. If you like ATV riding, off-roading, hiking, rock climbing, cycling, jet skiing, boating, fishing, golfing or even just taking in the beautiful scenery then Southern Utah is the place for you.

The weather can change drastically from over 100 degrees in the peak summer months to under 30 degrees at night in the winter months. You may not run into any snow in the winter in St. George, UT but just 40 minutes away you can be snow skiing or hiking in the snow. The weather may be semi-warm at Zion National Park in the winter but the water is very cold, be prepared.  If you are planning on a trip to the area, then you need to be prepared for your adventure.

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  • Dressing in layers, even in hot weather, is always a good idea. You can always take off layers if you are warm but cannot add layers if you are cold. It is also important you always have a pair of long pants with you, even in the summer. Certain times of the year it is always a good idea to have a hat or some rain gear in your backpack in case you get that quick rain squall.
  • A couple of different pairs of shoes are the most important pieces of clothing to have with you. If you are hiking on a graded trail or at the water, then a pair of sandals could be OK but if you are visiting Zion National Park or going on an ATV adventure then you will need a sturdy paid of closed toed shoes.
  • Do not forget to bring a good pair of sunglasses that have a UV rating with you. The summer sun can be a bit intense at times so don’t forget to protect your eyes. Bring a good pair of sunglasses you won’t mind if they get dropped in a river or a sand dune.
  • Small First Aid Kit
    • Always bring a first aid kit with you when in Southern Utah. Throw it in your backpack when you go on an adventure because you never know if you might get a blister from hiking in new hiking boots.

    Don’t forget SUNSCREEN

    • ALWAYS BRING A GOOD SUNSCREEN WITH YOU! Our sun can be intense in the summer so it is imperative you have a good sunscreen. DO NOT be afraid to use it often.
    • Even in the winter months we can have very high UV ratings so use sunscreen in the winter months as well.

    sand4Lip Balm

    • ALWAYS remember to bring plenty of lip balm with you. Remember your lips can get sunburned too.

    Water and Food

    • You will need to make sure you are ALWAYS hydrated!! You can never drink enough water in the desert. So, if you are hitting the trail, on an ATV adventure in the dunes, on the rocks or even in the water make sure you are bringing more water than you think you will need. If you are going on a tour, then ask if they provide water for you so you can lighten your load.
    • You will also want to pack a few small snacks like trail mix or protein bars, just in case. When you are out hiking trails, on the water or in the dunes, don’t forget to keep up your energy. Again, if you are taking a tour, ask if they provide snacks for you.

If your trip to Southern Utah includes an ATV or side-by-side UTV adventure on the best sand dunes in Utah, then just call the friendly staff at ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours and let them handle everything for you. The friendly staff can also help you find local accommodations and even other adventures such as zip lining, helicopter rides, mountain biking or even horseback riding with our partner companies.

Southern Utah is a year-round travel destination that has so much to offer. It is only a short two-hour drive from Las Vegas or a four-hour drive from Salt Lake City. Don’t miss out on one of the best outdoor travel destinations in the United States.  Outdoor Adventure

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The Canyon Overlook Trail at Zion National Park, a family friendly trail

 

 

The Zion Canyon Overlook trail at Zion National Park is a fairly easy hike that will reward you with panoramic views of the canyon that will leave you breathless. The entire hike was only a little bit more than a mile round trip and only takes about 40 minutes. If you are looking for a short hike, are pressed for time or have the kids or grandparent with you, then this is the hike for you.

The trail is well marked and is hiker friendly, can accommodate most people but is not handicapped accessible. The very beginning is the hardest part of the trail and it can seem a bit steep for some people. Once you get past the initial bit of climbing, nothing serious just a bit steep, then the rest of the hike is fairly level with small up and downs as you make your way out to the overlook. Since it is only about ½ a mile to the overlook most people can make the hike in about 20 minutes or so. You will want to take you time to enjoy the mesas and red rock formation you will see along the way to the overlook as well as the gorgeous views.

The Zion overlook trail not only offers view of the canyon and pine creek below but if you look toward the tunnel then you will also notice where the windows were carved into the rock as part of Zion tunnel during construction.

All in all, this is a great short hike that everyone should take the 40 minutes to enjoy. Take the kids and grandparents as this hike is sure to please the entire family, and the views will not disappoint anyone.

If you are going to Zion National Park, then this is a great short hike to plan on taking  before or after going on an ATV/UTV tour with ATV & Jeep Adventure tours!

West Temple, Altar of Sacrifice, and Sundial at sunrise, Zion National Park, near Springdale, Utah, cottonwood Trees in Fall Foliage, near st. George, Ut