'cause getting there can be half the fun:
(towns referenced can be found on most atlases, with populations large enough to list)
Little Wild Horse Canyon/Bell Canyon (8 mi. loop, 5*)
N of Hanksville, Ut. on BLM land.
Stay hydrated. Very arid, roads impassable when wet.
Lovely narrows in LWHC. Goblin Valley St. Pk. is too cool and nearby.
Round Valley Draw (4 1/4 mi. round-trip, 4*)
S of Tropic, Ut. in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
A 15 foot drop is involved. We didn't make the descent.
What we saw of the narrows was sweet. See Grosvenor Arch in the area.
http://www..zionnational-park.com/round-valley-draw.htm (use URL)
No Thoroughfare Canyon (8 1/2 miles each way, 3 1/2*)
W of Grand Junction, Co. in Colorado National Monument.
As the name suggests, no trail, follows watercourse. Very long out-and-back day hike, or use shuttle.
A great bushwhack reveals some of the oldest rock on earth.
Pollock Bench (5 1/2 mi. loop, 3 1/2*)
W of Fruita, Co. on BLM land (Black Ridge Wilderness).
This was a five-star mountain bike ride, but now is hiking only, boo hoo.
This whole Colorado River Gorge area is special.
Crag Crest (10-11 mi. loop, 3 1/2*)
N of Cedaredge, Co. in Grand Mesa National Forest.
Winter-like storms any time of year. Afternoon storm danger.
Good cross-country skiing available.
Spencer Trail (2 1/4 miles each way, 3*)
Near Page, Az. in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
A trudge uphill then down, in an arid environment.
The hike starts at historic Lee's Ferry. Great views at the summit.
Wheeler Geologic Area (shortest option 17 miles, including WGA loop of 3.2 miles, 3*)
NE of Creede, Co. in Rio Grande National Forest.
Was formerly a National Monument, but was too hard to get to (& grueling as a day trip).
The amphitheater is swell indeed.
NOTE: THERE WILL ALWAYS BE DISCREPANCIES IN HIKING MILEAGES. QUOTED DISTANCES ARE AS I REMEMBER HIKING THEM.
Here's 2 additional hikes I don't remember, but I did 'em:
Crack Canyon.TRY: www.climb-utah.com/SRS/crack.htm
The Chute of Muddy Creek. TRY: www.climb-utah.com/SRS/thechute.htm
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