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Where: Utah

Why: Though better known for its canyoneering, Zion is also a treasure trove of steep trail runs. The most famous is the daunting “Zion Traverse,” a 48-mile route that climbs 10,000 feet as it crosses the park from southeast to northwest, threading through wooded terrain, around sand traps and along dizzyingly exposed cliffside scrambles that are sure to set your heart racing. More Info

Runner-up: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

With 255 miles of trail crisscrossing a wonderland of peaks and subalpine valleys, this park is a trail runner’s paradise. Check out the classic Loch Vale and Lumpy Ridge Trails. More Info