The Grand Canyon is truly a remarkable and amazing natural wonder and is easily the most impressive canyon not only in the United States but in the entire world. The Grand Canyon is a great place to hike and see amazing beauty, but there are many other incredibly beautiful and amazing canyons located throughout the United States which are also great for hiking.
Here is a list and slideshow of photos of 10 beautiful and amazing canyons not named the Grand Canyon that are located in the United States that are also great places to hike and explore. I’ve hiked down to the bottom and back to the top of the Grand Canyon numerous times, once when it was snowing on top and then sunny and 80 plus degrees at the bottom, and it’s always a great thrill. I’ve also been to and hiked at many of the canyons on this list and none of them have ever disappointed me. Hope you like the list and photos in the slideshow.
- Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is a beautiful slot canyon located on Navajo Nation land in northern Arizona just east of the city of Page. Antelope Canyon was formed over many years by erosion that was primarily caused by flash flooding as water carved out slots in the native sandstone. It is a sacred site for the Navajo people but tourists are allowed to visit Antelope Canyon on guided tours. Antelope Canyon is one amazing place to visit and hike through.
- Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands is often called the Grand Canyon of Hawaii or the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Located on the western side of Kauai, Waimea Canyon magnificently stretches for 14 miles with a depth of 3,600 feet and a width of one mile across. If you go at the right time of the year you can see countless waterfalls falling off the crested buttes and rugged crags into the deep valley gorges of Waimea Canyon. Another great place to hike if you are so inclined and in Hawaii.
- Hells Canyon
Hells Canyon is a beautiful 10 mile wide canyon carved out by the Snake River that runs along the eastern borders of Oregon and Washington and the western border of Idaho in the Pacific Northwest. With depths reaching near 8,000 feet, Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in the United States and in North America. There are no bridges or roads that cross 10 mile wide Hells Canyon and there are only a few roads that lead down to it along the Snake River but this canyon is an amazing place to see and hike in.
- Palo Duro Canyon
Palo Duro Canyon is located in the Texas Panhandle in Canyon, Texas, about 20 miles south of Amarillo. Palo Duro Canyon is some 70 miles long and it reaches depths of 1,000 feet and has an average width of six miles and reaches up to 20 miles in width at some points. Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of Texas, the Palo Duro Canyon State Park website claims that Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States after the Grand Canyon. It’s a beautiful place to visit and hike in because of its fantastic scenery including multi-colored rock walls, caves and rock formations and hoodoos like Lighthouse Rock.
Canyonlands might just be the most unappreciated national park in the United States. Located in southern Utah near the town of Moab, this amazing collection of canyons, mesas and buttes that have been carved out by the Colorado and Green Rivers and their tributaries is a great place to hike and explore. In some ways, the beauty of Canyonlands is even more spectacular than the Grand Canyon. I visited Canyonlands once just after an inch or two of snowfall had fallen and that was an amazing sight to see and hike in.
- Cataract Canyon
Cataract Canyon is an amazing canyon located in both Canyonlands National Park and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in southeastern Utah. Cataract Canyon is in both areas because it stretches for 46 miles along the Colorado River beginning where the Green River flows into the Colorado River and ending where the Dirty Devil River flows into the Colorado. While Cataract Canyon is better known for whitewater rafting it’s also a great place to hike.
- Glen Canyon
Glen Canyon is also located along the Colorado River north of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and stretching well into southeastern Utah. In 1963, the Glen Canyon Dam was built which floods most of the Glen Canyon with waters from Lake Powell. About five miles below the Glen Canyon Dam, though, is magnificent Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon where the Colorado River makes a horseshoe turn through the canyon. Hiking to the overlooks above Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon is always worth the effort.
- Zion Canyon
Zion Canyon is a beautiful 15 mile long canyon that reaches depths of 1/2 a mile that is located in Zion National Park in southwestern Utah. Zion Canyon was magnificently carved through the red and tan colored Navajo sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. Hiking through Zion Canyon is a great experience but lazy types can even drive through the canyon along the paved Zion Canyon Scenic Drive which is also called the the Floor of the Valley Road.
- Grand Canyon of the East
Located in Letchworth State Park in Upstate New York is a beautiful canyon formed by the Genesee River that has cliffs as high as 600 feet and contains three large waterfalls flowing right through the canyon. The Grand Canyon of the East, which is located about 30 miles south of Rochester and 40 miles east of Buffalo as the crow flies, is so magnificent that Letchworth State Park was voted by USA Today readers as the #1 state park in the United States. Hiking through the Grand Canyon of the East past huge waterfalls and rainbows is great fun.
- Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a magnificent canyon carved out by the Yellow River just below Lower Yellowstone Falls in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is some 24 miles long, anywhere from 800 to 1,200 feet deep, and stretches from 1/4 to 3/4 of a mile in width. Hiking down and back up Uncle Tom’s Trail which takes you down to the base of 308 foot high Lower Falls of the Yellowstone is an exhilarating experience.