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Just Go to Muir Woods National Monument - Best Hikes

California Muir Woods National Monument

Just Go to Muir Woods National Monument - Best Hikes

Over one million people visit Over one million people visit Muir Woods National Monument each year.  Since the monument is only about 550 acres, selecting the best hike in Muir Woods commonly involves finding one that allows you to get away from the crowds.  Whatever your situation, you want to plan out your time well ahead of your trip to Muir Woods, or risk not getting what you want when visiting this amazing natural land just north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. each year.  Since the monument is only about 550 acres, selecting the best hike in Muir Woods commonly involves finding one that allows you to get away from the crowds.  Whatever your situation, you want to plan out your time well ahead of your trip to Muir Woods, or risk not getting what you want when visiting this amazing natural land just north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Just Go to Big Bend National Park - Santa Elena Canyon Trail

Big Bend National Park Texas

Just Go to Big Bend National Park - Santa Elena Canyon Trail

Located along the Rio Grande River in Texas, the Santa Elena Canyon Trail in Big Bend National Park gets you up and close with canyon walls as you hike riverside.  Since the Santa Elena Canyon is one of the few places inside of Big Bend National Park to find shade, this hike is fairly easy and a peaceful way to spend 90 minutes while you explore the unexpected landscape of southwest Texas.

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Just Go to Mount Rainier National Park – Grove of the Patriarchs

Mount Rainier National Park Washington

Just Go to Mount Rainier National Park – Grove of the Patriarchs

Everyone comes to Mount Rainier National Park to see one of the tallest peaks in the United States, but while visiting, the Grove of the Patriarchs is a must-see.  This stroll along the Ohanapecosh River runs through a thick forest full of huge trees. Some of these trees are over 1000 years old!

This shaded, easy hike is fantastic for families with kids or adults of all ages.  It even includes a suspension bridge, a boardwalk and a place to hang out and relax along the river.

If you are headed to Mount Rainier National Park, make sure you take the time to visit this incredible concentration of giant trees!

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Just Go to Joshua Tree National Park – Cholla Cactus Garden

California Joshua Tree National Park

Just Go to Joshua Tree National Park – Cholla Cactus Garden

The Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park is a 10-acre stand of the unique teddybear cholla cactus.  You really have to see this place to believe it. This easy boardwalk trail is an amazing place to visit anytime of year, but it is especially impressive to see during the cholla cactus bloom (see below for details).

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Just Go to Moab - Best Hikes in Moab

Arches National Park Canyonlands National Park Dead Horse Point State Park Utah

Just Go to Moab - Best Hikes in Moab

In recent years, Moab has become quite well known for a number of sports, including four-wheeling, rafting, rock-climbing, mountain-biking and even more extreme sports like BASE jumping.  However, there are many dozens of hiking experiences within a short drive.  That proximity combined with beautiful spring and fall temperatures make this a popular location with tourists.

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