3. Hayduke Trail, Arizona & Utah
The Hayduke Trail is not an easy trail by any means; starting in Arches National Park, Utah, this 800-mile-long backcountry route travels through some of the most rugged terrain in the Southwest, including Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and finally ending in Zion National Park in northern Arizona. Trails can be hard to find, and water is scarce along the way; however, the Hayduke plays host to stunning views of Redrock country.
Pro tip: Thru-hiking is the most challenging, with less than ten people successfully completing it in its entirety; instead, opt for various sections along the route that are easily attacked in a weekend’s time.