Tonto National Forest

This Halloween Explore a Spooky Hiking Trail

October 14, 2010, 1:08 pm

Need a little seasonal inspiration for an autumn adventure? Set out on a Halloween-themed hiking trip at one of these spookily-named park destinations scattered across America's Southwest.

Skull Rock Nature Trail, Joshua Tree National Park, California
Walk along a park nature trail to Skull Rock, a favorite landmark among park visitors. Weather has eroded the boulder over the years, slowly carving out ghastly eye sockets that make formation look more like a giant skull than a rock.

Goblin Scramble, Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Scores of intricately eroded rock formations greet visitors to Goblin Valley, where explorers are free to wander among the rock towers and haunting coves. The rock formations are made of soft sandstone, constantly eroding, changing and morphing into fantastic shapes: goblins, hoodoos, gnomes and various other apparitions from the netherworld.

Spooky Gulch Trail, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Spooky Gulch is a short slot canyon hike, famous for its dark passageways and the panic-inspiring qualities of its extremely narrow walls.

Haunted Canyon Trail, Tonto National Forest, Arizona
Located in the Superstition Wilderness section of Tonto National Forest, Haunted Canyon Trail passes through wild, remote country, offering stark yet beautiful views of the rugged terrain.

Purgatory Chasm Trail, Gila National Forest, New Mexico
Looping through the wilderness of Gila National Forest, Purgatory Chasm Trail is known for its narrow canyon and dry desert conditions.

What's your favorite spooky park destination? Tell us in the comments section below!