Zappos Packs | National Parks of the Southwest

National Parks of the Southwest

The Southwest is synonymous with red-orange sandstone trails and arid deserts. These four National Parks are hot and dry; averaging over 100° mid-day with temperatures as low as 70° at night. So, you'll want full-coverage clothing to help keep you protected during the heat of the day, but you’ll also need some layers, to help keep you warm at night. The terrain is rugged, so closed toe shoes are recommended. You'll also need a non-slip sole in case you get caught in one of the afternoon thundershowers.

 

Hydration is Key!

There aren’t always water sources close by, so please make sure you have enough. Versatile packs allow you to transport your H2O and any other necessities you may need like sunscreen, snacks and a flashlight.

 

There’s nothing worse than sore feet at the end of the day.

Whether you stay on the paved walkways, or venture out onto trails, you’ll be on your feet a lot. Check out these sturdy, comfortable hikers.

 

Temperatures can exceed 100° daily.

You’ll need a way to keep those rays and the heat off your face and neck. These wide-brimmed hats are the perfect fit. Not to mention some sunglasses to help keep your eyes happy.

 

Monsoon season runs June through September.

With unpredictable weather, it’s always better to be prepared for wind and rain, not to mention another layer in case the temperature drops. Here are some options for light-weight, packable jackets that should fit the bill.

 

Hiking would be miserable with wet, blistered feet.

Wool socks help keep your feet comfortable, dry and ready for the next adventure. Plus, wool is naturally anti-microbial so these socks will stay fresh.

 

Keep the Sunshine off your Shoulders.

These tops have a UPF rating to help block harmful Ultraviolet A & B rays while you’re out enjoying the scenery.

 

Jeans are a no-no on the trail.

Loose fitting, light-weight hiking pants help keep you from getting too hot, while providing protection from the elements. Plus, they dry quickly, so if you have to ford a stream, or have a thunderstorm hit, you’ll be dry in no time.

 

Arches offers excellent climbing opportunities

The offerings include sustained multi-pitch towers, easier one pitch towers, and hard cracks on amazing buttresses. Routes are typically sandstone requiring technical climbing shoes. You may also need shoes for your approach to the routes. Here are options for both.

 

Grand Canyon – Steep Canyon Trails

The hiking trails from rim-to-rim can be quite steep in places. We would recommend a hiking staff, or hiking poles to help you up these trails. Not to mention, they can give some added stability on the way down.

 

Zion – Water hiking for the bold.

There are a number of hikes in Zion that include portions in the water. Non-waterproof trail running shoes are recommended for these hikes. They will give good traction and toe coverage, but will also drain and dry quickly after you’ve been in the water portions of these trails.

 

 

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