Best Scenic Trail: East Rim Trail, Trans-Zion Trek (Zion National Park, Utah)
Best Scenic Trail
Difficulty: Moderate Plus
A superfit runner can see the best of Zion (assuming he looks up occasionally) by running 48 miles west to east from the La Verkin Creek trailhead in Lee Pass to the east-entrance trailhead in Echo Canyon in a single day, gaining 8,100 feet along the way – a route backpackers take five days to cover. The TZT links several trails, but a mortal's option is to focus on the East Rim Trail starting in Echo Canyon – 11 spectacular miles of steep-walled canyon and slickrock formations, ending at the Grotto trailhead in Zion Canyon.