World's Best Hikes: Angel's Landing, UT

A guide's guide to her 10 favorite hikes on Earth

Adventure guide Kasey Austin has been in the business since she was six and has traveled extensively in Europe and the Americas. She leads tours of Yellowstone and Alaska for Austin-Lehman Adventures in Montana. Kasey picked 10 of her favorite hikes in the U.S. and worldwide.

Angel's Landing, Zion National Park, Utah
One of the most famous and thrilling hikes within the US National Park system. Those with a fear of heights may choose to pass for something less intimidating.  This narrow and eye-popping hike in Zion’s main red rock canyon will definitely test your limits when it comes to its dizzying drop-offs and deep chasm views. During the hike you’ll walk along a narrow ridge with drop-offs on each side and pull yourself up a rock face by way of anchored chains. Don’t forget to ascend Walter’s Wiggles along the way! Upon reaching Angel’s Landing, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree views that make it 100-percent worth it!

4.8 miles round trip


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