Hiking in Southern Utah and Arizona

This page outlines posts related to our experiences on day hikes and short backpack trips in southern Utah and Arizona in September/October of 2013.

Western US

Trip Overview
On a road trip from DC to my home town of Phoenix, Arizona, we hiked in Arches and Canyonlands Natl Parks in southern Utah as well as in Grand Canyon Natl Park in northern Arizona. Due to the government shutdown on October 1, 2013 we rearranged our plans and included a backpack trip in the Superstition Wilderness just east of the Phoenix metropolitan area. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment and I’ll be happy to answer.


Hiking Canyonlands, Utah During the Government Shutdown
Post talks about obtaining permits to hike in the back country of Canyonlands Natl Park just before the federal government shutdown on October 1, 2013.

Overnight at Arches Natl Park
Post includes information on camping and hiking in this small but striking national park.

Hiking Needles District, Canyonlands Natl Park
A two-night backpack trip through the canyons of the Needles District at the start of the government shutdown.


Camping on the Mogollon Rim, AZ During the Government Shutdown
Post discusses camping conditions during the shutdown.

Hiking Wet Beaver Wilderness, AZ
Day hike through a pretty Mogollon Rim canyon with a perennial water source.

Hiking in the Superstitions
The Lost Dutchman State Park campground is a great location for staging a backpack trip in the nearby Superstition Wilderness.

3 Day/2 Night Backpack Trip in the Superstition Wilderness
Superstitions AZ – Peralta Trailhead to Charlebois Spring via Bluff Spring Trail
Superstitons, AZ – Charlebois Spring to the Peralta Trail

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon – October Trip Down the Hermit Trail
Includes information on planning a backpack trip in the canyon.
Before and After the Hike – Staging the Trip
Post includes recommendations on where to stay on the South Rim.

4 Day/ 3 Night Backpack Trip in the Grand Canyon
The Descent – Hermits Rest to Monument Creek
Monument Creek to Hermit Rapids
Hermit Rapids to Hermit Creek
The Ascent – Hermit Creek to Hermits Rest


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