Best Summer Hikes at US National Parks

We’ve asked fellow hikers for the best summer hikes at US national parks. Hiking is a top activity when people ask us for US National Park vacation ideas.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing stroll through nature or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, there are plenty of incredible summer hikes available at our nation’s parks.

20+ summer hikes at US National Parks

Summer is the perfect time to explore the hiking trails at America’s National Parks. From alpine lakes and towering peaks, to rugged canyons and ancient forests, you’ll find a hike suitable for everyone.

Keep reading for our tips about hiking gear and trails in the National Parks you can explore in the summer.

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Summer Hiking Gear

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Summer Hiking at US National Parks

During the summer you can find all types of hiking trails in the US National Parks. In the northern parks the higher elevation trails are finally free of snow!

In the southwest you’ll need to watch out for the summer monsoons, especially in slot canyons! And humidity makes it difficult to enjoy the outdoors in the midwest, eastern and southern states.

If you’re wondering what it’s like to hike at other times of the year, check out our guide for finding the best National Parks to visit by month. During each season and month of the year, national parks will have different hiking (and snowshoeing) opportunities!


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Best Summer Hikes at US National Parks

US National Parks Summer Packing List

Use our US National Park Packing List  to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for visiting during the summer months! Grab your free printable packing checklist by clicking the image below!

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