March 2nd, 2022

Looking to enjoy the outdoors on a hiking trip this year? Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom host Peter Gros shares his suggestions for top places to visit.

Yosemite National Park in California

“One of my favorite trails in Yosemite is the 7-mile round-trip hike to Vernal Falls. The trail meanders through the woods following the Merced River and brings you to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Get an early start in the cool of the morning and be sure to bring a slicker! During the last 30 minutes of the climb, you’ll be covered in mist. But it’s well worth it. Once you reach the top of the falls, you’ll be treated to amazing views this hike is known for.”

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah

“This park is the only place in the world where you can see giant formations called hoodoos. These towering pillars of pinkish rock were formed by erosion of water, wind, rain, snow and gravity. It is certainly one of nature’s wonders and one of the most unique places in the world. Bryce has many hiking trails in the canyon floor, but my favorite is the Navajo Loop Trail. It’s about a 5.5-mile hike and you get to see so much of the canyon from this ridge. When I last hiked Navajo Loop Trail there was a fresh dusting of snow highlighting its spectacular view as it contrasted the canyon colors.”

White River National Forest in Colorado

“Just 10 miles from Aspen, Colorado is Maroon Bells, one of the most beautiful lake hikes in White River National Park. This glacial valley lake is surrounded by 14,000-foot mountain peaks. The Maroon Creek Trail is about 3.5 miles and passes through alpine meadows of wildlife flowers, aspen forests and rocky slopes. The reflection of the mountain peaks on the lake is a stunning sight. And there’s always the possibility you may see wildlife in this pristine natural setting like mule deer, red fox, big horn sheep or porcupine.”

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