Top Grand Circle Hikes

The Grand Circle, a stunning collection of national parks and monuments in the American Southwest, offers some of the most breathtaking hikes in the world. Spanning five states and encompassing iconic locations such as Zion, Bryce Canyon, Moab, Lake Powell, and the Grand Canyon, this region is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re seeking challenging treks or leisurely strolls, the Grand Circle has something for everyone.

Zion National Park

Angels Landing

One of the most famous hikes in the United States, Angels Landing is not for the faint-hearted. This 5.4-mile round trip trail features steep switchbacks and a narrow ridge with dizzying drop-offs. The reward? Panoramic views of Zion Canyon that will leave you speechless….and perhaps some bragging rights.

The Narrows

For a unique hiking experience, venture into The Narrows. This trail takes you through the Virgin River, where you’ll wade through water and scramble over rocks. The full hike is 16 miles long, but many opt for a shorter, 5-6 mile round trip from the Temple of Sinawava. This one is ideal for a hot day as the waters from mountain runoff cool you off while you work up a sweat.

Observation Point

Offering arguably the best views in Zion, Observation Point is an 8-mile round trip hike that takes you to an elevation of 6,507 feet. The trail passes through Echo Canyon, providing stunning vistas and a sense of accomplishment upon reaching the top.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Navajo Loop and Queen’s Garden Trail

This 2.9-mile loop is the most popular hike in Bryce Canyon and for good reason. Descend into the canyon and walk among the towering hoodoos, with highlights including Wall Street, Thor’s Hammer, and Queen Victoria.

Fairyland Loop

For a more extended hike, the 8-mile Fairyland Loop offers solitude and stunning views. This less-crowded trail takes you through otherworldly landscapes filled with hoodoos, spires, and natural arches.

Peekaboo Loop

A moderate 5.5-mile trail, Peekaboo Loop provides close-up views of Bryce Canyon’s unique rock formations. The trail winds through the heart of the park, offering perspectives that are often missed from the rim.

Moab (Arches and Canyonlands National Parks)

Delicate Arch

The iconic Delicate Arch is a must-see. This 3-mile round trip hike offers dramatic views of the arch, especially at sunset. The trail involves some elevation gain but is well worth the effort.

Devil’s Garden

In Arches National Park, the Devil’s Garden trail offers a variety of hiking options. The full loop is 7.8 miles, but shorter hikes to Landscape Arch (the longest natural arch in North America) and Double O Arch are popular.

Island in the Sky (Mesa Arch)

In Canyonlands National Park, this short 0.5-mile Mesa Arch trail offers a quick hike with a rewarding view. Sunrise is the best time to visit, as the sun’s rays create a stunning glow under the arch.

Lake Powell

Antelope Canyon

One of the most photographed  slot canyon hikes near Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon is a must see destination in the region. Navajo Nation guided tours take you through narrow passageways with beams of light filtering through the canyon walls, creating a magical atmosphere.

Rainbow Bridge

Accessible by boat followed by a short hike, Rainbow Bridge near Lake Powell is one of the world’s largest natural bridges. The 1.25-mile trail from the boat dock provides an easy walk to an impressive natural wonder.

Horseshoe Bend

A short 1.5-mile round trip hike near Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend offers breathtaking views of a dramatic bend carved by the Colorado River. It’s a perfect spot for photography, especially during sunset.

Grand Canyon National Park

South Kaibab Trail

For an exhilarating hike with stunning views, the South Kaibab Trail is a top choice. The 7-mile round trip to Skeleton Point offers panoramic views and a taste of Grand Canyon’s vastness.

Bright Angel Trail

A classic Grand Canyon hike,  Bright Angel Trail can be customized to your preferred length. A popular option is the 9-mile round trip to Indian Garden, which provides water, rest areas, and beautiful scenery.

Where to Stay

To make the most of your Grand Circle adventure, and stay at one of our five Grand Circle locations. Under Canvas offers comfortable, safari-inspired accommodations near each major stop in the Grand Circle, including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Moab, Lake Powell-Grand Staircase, and the Grand Canyon.

The Grand Circle is a treasure trove of natural wonders, and hiking is one of the best ways to experience its beauty. Whether you’re tackling the steep ascent of Angels Landing, wandering among the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, or marveling at the vastness of the Grand Canyon, each hike offers a unique adventure. So, lace up your boots, grab your backpack, and embark on a journey through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Happy hiking!


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