Like to get out into the great outdoors, but not necessarily overnight?
America’s Best Day Hikes offers a smorgasbord of outdoor experiences in some of our country’s most beautiful settings, such as a less-crowded trail in Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, a view of the Black Hills’ iconic rock formations in South Dakota or, as pictured above, the Angels Landing formation in Utah’s Zion National Park. (The 50 hikes are sorted into six different regions, but do not represent each state.)
For each hike, writer/photographer Derek Dellinger supplies not only the estimated length but also the distance, how much elevation is involved (which affects the degree of difficulty), the fee, and whether or not dogs or camping is allowed. Many of the hikes can be completed in four hours or less.
Each section includes an overview of the trail, plus trip planning notes and directions. Useful information for hiking novices, including what to bring and how to stay safe, appears at the beginning of the book.
The photographs will leave you wondering, “Where do I start?”
America’s Best Day Hikes is, first and foremost, a practical book. But Dellinger does provide a philosophical underpinning for is efforts.
“Clearly, we find the beauty of these places to be self-evident,” he writes. “Are we doing all we can to understand and protect the wider world and complicated ecosystems these places represent?”
(Photo credit: NPS Photo/Caitlin Ceci)