Day hiking in South-Western USA offers some of the most contrasting terrains you can experience in a geographical region of its size. If you visit desert areas you can experience sweeping sand dunes, incredible hoodoos and canyons that will blow your mind. Compare that to the wooded forests, mountain tundra and alpine lakes you will see visiting the southern end of the Rocky Mountains. Regardless of where you go, having the right gear is essential to staying safe and being able to enjoy your time in nature. We have created packing list tables for each type of terrain and time of year to help guide your preparation for day hiking in this region.