- Sep 22, 2016
That "amazing advice" is what brought me to BCP originally.... the great and the good of the hiking community, who are normally hibernating at this time of year, have peeked out of their respective 4-season sleeping bags to provide you with some amazing advice for your trip ... it looks like a fantastic adventure.
I'm not sure if this is literally your first trip to the South-West. If so, can I suggest that you use your 14 days to visit the National Parks and assorted highlights of the area; doing big day-hikes and perhaps a couple of short overnight backpacks. I realize that the potential crowds put people off, who are looking for a more wilderness experience, but for anyone willing to hike more than a couple of miles from an established trailhead, you're very likely to have the place to yourself for most of the time. It goes without saying that the scenery and hiking possibilities in Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce, and Zion are quite stupendous.
I'll second what @TrailScot has to say about checking out some of the highlights of the region even if it means more people, both for the scenic value and as an easygoing intro to the desert environment. I know that many including ourselves are particularly fond of the Needles district in Canyonlands, where there are backpacking opportunities as well. (although maybe hard to book?)