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Hiking the Anniversary Narrows Slot Canyon, Nevada

Anniversary Narrows Slot Canyon is located within the Lake Mead Scenic Byway area, just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Hiking this trail is best November through March when the temperatures are much cooler. There is zero shade and water, and there's no "official trail". Despite this, hiking the Anniversary Narrows Slot Canyon is perfect for the whole family, dogs included (off leash). Small children and dogs will need help over a few obstacles, but there is nothing technical required.  Because of it's short mileage, this slot canyon is perfect combined with hiking around Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation Area (such as Turtlehead Peak) or even Valley of Fire State Park.

Hiking to Turtlehead Peak, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Turtlehead Peak (6, 323 ft) is located in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and one of the most popular hikes in the park. To reach the trailhead (TH) you must have a timed entry reservation for Red Rocks (get that here), and start hiking early to beat to people all the people and weather. Turtlehead Peak offers amazing views of the entire area, and on a clear day you can even see the Las Vegas Strip!

Hike to the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge, Draper, UT

Hike to the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge, Draper, UT

The Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge (aka Draper Suspension Bridge, as the locals call it) is located in Draper, UT and is an easy 2 mile RT hike for the whole family - dogs included! While this is an ON leash trail, don't let that deter you from walking across this 185 ft long bridge as you take in the views of both the city and Wasatch Mountains. The trail itself is very well signed, and very popular especially on weekends.

Hiking to Desert Peak, Newfoundland Mountains

Hiking to Desert Peak, Newfoundland Mountains Desert Peak (7,005 ft) is located in the Newfoundland Mountains in the Great Salt Lake, and is the highest point in the range. Getting to the unofficial trailhead takes quite a bit of effort, and it is very tricky timing it at just the right time of year. Because it's located in the middle of the Salt Flats, any recent precipitation will leave the dirt roads completely muddy and rutted out. There is zero cell service, so you don't want to risk getting stuck. 

Hiking to Matt's Arch & Meridian Peak Meridian Peak (5,978ft) is small peak in North Salt Lake along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and just north of Ensign Peak. The main trail also takes you past Matt's Arch (aka "Industrial Arch") - a tiny natural arch made of limestone. There are trails all over, making this a "choose your own route" hike. I decided to turn my route into a 5 mile loop, and since there was barely any snow on the trail the day I hiked it, it was a perfect Winter hike. Safe from avalanches, only a few bikers, a handful of other hikers, and not hot like it normally is in summer.