Adventures in the American Southwest are trips of a lifetime that will challenge you physically and engross you spiritually, leaving an unforgettable and enduring impression of the richest wild places on the planet. The Southwest contains literally thousands of amazing hikes. Therefore, Southwest Discoveries decided to separate the wheat from the chaff and give you the absolute cream of the crop. They rounded up 7 of the Grandest Adventures in the Southwest, treks they have experienced firsthand.
As you immerse yourself in this landscape, you will understand why hiking in the Southwest should be on every adventurer’s travel list. Experiencing it fully isn’t just about putting one foot in front of another; it’s about stepping into the geology, history and stupendous scenery of canyon country.
First up on our list of the 7 Grandest Adventures in the Southwest, Buckskin Gulch. Trekking Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon is about walking down narrow gorges; places where sunlight seldom enters obscured from even the most intrepid of hikers. When you journey down these two canyons you enter the sublime.
The Paria Canyon – Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness beckons adventurers who hanker for solitude, scenic glory and the chance to explore some of the most majestic canyons in the world. Serpentine red rock walls are streaked with desert varnish and canyons are so narrow in places that the sky is reduced to a narrow ribbon of blue. Navajo Sandstone cliffs tower 1,500 feet overhead. Buckskin Gulch is the longest slot canyon in the world.