It’s like Christmas every day for hikers in the USA’s national parks. With so many walking trails, you can keep coming back again and again for new gifts. There are always a couple of top favourites such as the Grand Canyon Rim Trail or the Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion Park. However, there is a plethora of paths beyond the classics, such as the Amphitheatre Lake Trail in Grand Teton, or Seven Mile Hole Trail in Yellowstone. Many of the parks offer bus shuttles to trailheads too. Travel with a responsible tour operator and they’ll know all the best routes anyway, what times to hit them, and how long they will take.
There are several categories of hikes within the parks, usually easy, moderate and strenuous. Go to the National Parks main website
, pick a park, go to Plan your Visit, and Things to do, and you will discover a secret world of hiking routes. You can also join ranger led tours which involve a short hike, but are never short on information. Backpackers can get all the information they need on how to hit the backcountry trails, gaining an obligatory backcountry permit (usually free), details on where to camp and safety issues.