5 Adventurous National Parks Hikes Presented by TomTom

People go outside for all different kinds of reasons — maybe sometimes you want a little bit of peace and quiet (with a bit of ambient birdsong for good measure), maybe you’re trying to get some fresh air and Vitamin D, maybe you’re looking to get some exercise, or maybe you’re in the mood for a bit of adventure. Or hey, maybe you’re into all of the above!

If you’re the type of person who packs your day-bag and readies your boots at the doorstep before you go to bed and gets coffee brewing before the sun rises so you can beat traffic to the trailhead, odds are you’re the type that’s into the world of outdoor adventures. 

Whether you’re trekking deep into the backcountry of our public lands or just exploring your neighborhood or your own backyard, adventuring is all about being open to new experiences and challenges and overcoming that all-powerful fear to remain inert (provided you’re also thinking of reasonable safety, of course!). You may also want to use a tough, reliable fitness watch like the TomTom Adventurer to stay on the trail, track your hikes, and share your adventures to inspire some friends to join you on your next hike, too!

Speaking of Sharing Those Adventures … 

TomTom is looking for a great team of outdoor enthusiasts to join their roster of Adventure Seekers — and it could be you!

From now until May 31st, TomTom will choose five Adventure Seekers — one of whom may even become a full-fledged TomTom ambassador! 

If you’re selected as a TomTom Adventure seeker, you’ll snag:

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  • TomTom Adventurer Outdoor GPS Watch
  • Annual National Park pass
  • The opportunity to become a TomTom product ambassador
  • A spotlight feature on our GetGoing site
  • Social sharing from TomTom USA/CA
  • Family & Friends discount on TomTom.com

To enter the contest, participants must:

  • Follow @TomTomUSA on Instagram
  • Email [email protected] with your best adventure seeking photo and a summary of why you should be selected as our next Adventure Seeker.
  • Be sure to tag @TomTomUSA in your best Adventure Seeker photo on Instagram using #TomTomAdventures

Winners will be announced the week June 1st, 2017. Be sure to read all the terms and conditions here: http://bit.ly/2o03Slx

So if you’re someone who loves trying new things and pushing the boundaries, who loves nature and playing outside, and who can inspire those around you to join in on the fun, you’ll want to try your hand at being a TomTom Adventure Seeker!

Once you’ve got your gear and your routine set up, maybe you’d like to test your mettle on 5 of our Favorite Adventurous Trails in Western National Parks:

Death Valley: Telescope Peak

Death Valley is a land of superlatives, and it’s not difficult to find a good adventure trek in the park — assuming you have your off-trail skills and backcountry navigation up to snuff. There aren’t a ton of established trails, but of those, towering Telescope Peak is one of the toughest. Looming some 11,000 feet above Badwater Basin — the lowest point in North America — Telescope is reachable by a challenging 13 mile trail that kicks off at over 8000 feet … so get those lungs ready and watch that elevation rise on the Adventurer!

Grand Canyon: Havasu Falls

While technically just outside the borders of Grand Canyon National Park, Havasu Canyon is nearly surrounded by the park and is just a short hike from the Grand Canyon itself. Getting a permit to hike in Havasu Canyon is an adventure in and of itself — but all the effort is well worth it. This unforgettable trek takes you nearly 28 miles into a spellbinding red rock canyon laced with otherworldly turquoise waters and emerald trees. The waters form a series of iconic cascades inside the Canyon, begging hikers to wade in to cool off. No matter how tough it is to secure a decent permit date, you absolutely owe it to yourself to attempt this route in your lifetime.

Zion: The Subway

Zion National Park is not a place short on beauty or breathtaking scenery, but one of the landmark “you gotta do this one” hikes that everyone will ask you if you’ve done when you say you’ve visited is the Subway. This watery, thrilling 9 miles takes you deep into the upper reaches of Zion Canyon, where thousands of years of flash floods have caused spectacular erosion. The nearly perfect tube section known as the Subway is one of those bucket list places that you kind of have to check out if you ever have the opportunity — and don’t worry, the Adventurer is water resistant, so no need to fret about it getting wet.

Joshua Tree: Queen Mountain

If you’re not in the mood to fight crowds or deal with permits, our next two adventurous trails should be right up your alley. In the northern reaches of Joshua Tree’s backcountry, Queen Mountain looms over the terrain without an established trail — and most likely without any other hikers in sight. What this route lacks in distance it makes up for with rugged scrambles and sweltering midday heat, so get going early and absolutely do not attempt this trail without copious amounts of water, a detailed map, and a compass — and loading a GPX of the hike on the Adventurer beforehand will definitely help!

Canyonlands: Syncline Loop

To date, this remains one the toughest trails we’ve ever done. Basically at the end of the one road in Canyonlands’ Island in the Sky District, the Syncline Loop Trail is a partially maintained (and we use that term generously) 10.5 mile loop that drops you into the canyon’s floor through unbelievable canyon country scenery and riparian corridors, then inside a massive upheaval dome that is either the result of a meteor impact or a giant chunk of salt that’s slowly pushing the landscape up and outward — scientists aren’t totally sure yet. Then you’ll climb up and over a rockslide, scrambling and squeezing your way upward, and emerge exhausted, exhilarated, and with a great story to tell.

Find more trails on TomTom’s page

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTomĀ®. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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