Hiking

  • Grand Canyon

    I grew up only a couple of hours from the Grand Canyon and I think it’s one of the most picturesque national parks. It is one of those places that everyone needs to see at least once. There are many reasons to visit the Grand Canyon besides the awe-inspiring views. You can exercise as you hike for miles and there are educational opportunities as you learn about all the different plants and wildlife. The weather at the Grand Canyon is pretty mild and the landscape changes throughout the year, giving you different viewing experiences. All of these reasons are why the Grand Canyon is the second most visited national park in the United States.  

    Check out one of our books about the Grand Canyon and start planning your next trip. 

    12.9 20 Fun Facts about the Grand Canyon20 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE GRAND CANYON 
    By Emily Jankowski Mahoney
    (2020)

    The Grand Canyon is one of the most majestic sites in the United States, and its views have been wowing visitors for centuries. In this book you will find beautiful pictures and learn about the plants and animals that live there. 

     

    12.9 Arizona and the Grand CanyonARIZONA & THE GRAND CANYON
    By Paul Franklin
    (2017)

    Explore the state of Arizona and discover all of the best things to do there, from the Grand Canyon to the spectacular Monument Valley. Fantastic photography, illustrations, and detailed descriptions of the area so you can plan your next vacation.     

     

    12.9 Southwest USASOUTHWEST USA & NATIONAL PARKS 
    By Randa Bishop
    (2018)

    Information about the national parks in the southwest region of the United States. Includes information on Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Canyonlands and many others with illustrations, maps, travelers’ needs and survival guide.  

     

    12.9 Best Easy Day HikesBEST EASY DAY HIKES, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK 
    By Ron Adkison
    (2017)

    Short descriptions and maps of seventeen easy day hikes in the park. Hikes in this book are fairly short, usually (but not always) without big hills, and are on well defined, easy to follow trails. 

     

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    You can also check out some of our digital resources where you can continue learning more about this spectacular canyon.

     
  • Bryce Canyon 

    Summer's looking a bit different this year, isn't it? While we might not get to enjoy our usual summer camps, family reunions, or city festivals, there's still plenty we can safely do in the time of COVID-19, especially outdoors. After a few months cooped up in our homes, it feels especially good to get out and soak up some vitamin D.

    Luckily for us, the beautiful state of Utah offers so many options, both for long getaways or to simply get out for the day. For longer trips with plenty to explore there is Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands. If you are looking for something that is closer and more of a day or weekend activity then there are the beautiful state parks. Some of which we may not think about or even know. To name just a few there is Antelope Island, This is the Place, Jordanelle, Bear Lake, Dinosaur National Monument, Utah Lake, and Deer Creek. T

    he list of state parks does not even include local hikes that we can go on with family and friends. For more aggressive hikes there is Mt Timpanogos Summit and for easier hikes that are kid and pet friendly there is Timpanogos Falls and Devils Kitchen. To help you plan your fun adventures the Provo Library has you covered with some great books to check out. Here are a few to help you get started.  

    7.8 50 Best Short Hikes50 BEST SHORT HIKES 
    By Greg Witt
    (2014)

    An in depth look at the best hikes in Utah’s National Parks. Each chapter is a National Park that describes the hike from location, distance, and highlights about the trail. It includes some pictures of what you will see and some helpful tips for hiking.

     

    7.8 60 Hikes within 60 Miles60 HIKES WITHIN 60 MILES: SALT LAKE CITY, INCLUDING OGDEN, PROVO, AND THE UINTAS
    By Greg Witt
    (2012)

    The book is broken up into sections based off county and each chapter is a specific hike with details. It has key at-a-glance information as well as a description of the hike and a map. Some hikes include pictures, sights to see, and nearby activities.

     

    7.8 100 Classic Hikes Utah100 CLASSIC HIKES UTAH: NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS/NATIONAL WILDERNESS AND RECREATION AREAS/ STATE PARKS/ UINTAS/WASATCH
    By Julie K. Trevelyan
    (2016)

    The best and most popular hikes from Utah are described and includes full-color photographs and topographical maps to help hikers get started. The hikes range from easy day hikes to challenging backpacking trips.

     

    7.8 Southwest USA and National ParksSOUTHWEST USA & NATIONAL PARKS
    By Randa Bishop
    (2018)

    This book goes through areas in Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona and the National parks and activities to do in each state. It has beautiful pictures, maps, history, and even traveler’s information including where to stay and where to get food.

     

    7.8 Best Easy Day Hikes Zion and Bryce CanyonBEST EASY DAY HIKES. ZION AND BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARKS
    By Erik Molvar
    (2014)

    A guidebook to the best and easy day hikes in the beautiful Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Includes maps and mile-by-mile hike descriptions including distance, difficulty, hazards, and what to look for.