Hiking in Arizona

Arizona offers some of the most spectacular hikes in the country. Of the millions of people who visit the Grand Canyon every year, those who venture out on foot on its magnificent trails have the most unforgettable experience. If you have the time, hike the Kaibab to Bright Angel Trail with an overnight stay at Bright Angel Campground in the canyon. But beyond the Grand Canyon there are other great hiking destinations in Arizona as well. Sedona is known for its stunning red rock structures and Phoenix and its surroundings offer some great hiking options too.
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Camelback Mountain
Camelback Mountain
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
 
Difficult: 2.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Distinctive and dominant on the Phoenix landscape, Camelback Mountain is just begging to be conquered.

Distinctive and dominant on the Phoenix landscape, Camelback Mountain is just begging to be conquered. The two different routes to the 2,680ft summit offer different challenges, and both are featured in this guide. Echo Canyon is the popular route, which ascends 1,400 foot up the western side of the mountain in just over a mile. The journey quickly...
Piestewa (Squaw) Peak
Piestewa (Squaw) Peak
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
 
Moderate: 2.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Brave the crowds on a steady 1 mile climb to the summit of this prominent Phoenix area peak.

Many hikers head for the hills in search of solitude, but if you're planning to hike to the summit of Piestewa Peak you'd do better to bring with you your community spirit - rarely have we seen such a busy trail. Hikers, walkers, sightseers and runners alike flock to this prominent peak like moths to a flame, drawn here in part because of it proximity...
Tom's Thumb, North Side
Tom's Thumb, North Side
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
 
Moderate: 3.7 miles, 1-3 hours
3.7 mile trail near Scottsdale, Arizona

Tom's Thumb, North Side is about 3.7 miles long and located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Best cross streets to use are Dynamite and 128th St. Tom's Thumb is the prominent granite bump in the McDowell Mountain preserve. Easily visible from the Scottsdale area, Tom's Thumb Trail from the north side provides some great views of Phoenix as well as looking...
The Grand Canyon Rim Trail
The Grand Canyon Rim Trail
Grand Canyon Village, Arizona, United States
 
Easy: 12.0 miles
A flat walk with stunning views of the canyon. Up to 12 miles, mostly paved.

For great views of the Grand Canyon along a flat path, this is the hike for you. It offers a great introduction to the Grand Canyon, and there are several shuttle stops along the way, allowing you to pick and chose the areas you want to explore. From many of the overlooks, you will have unrestricted views to the other side of the canyon, and sometimes...
Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim
Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States
 
Difficult: 23 miles, Multiple days
Four days across the Grand Canyon you will never forget!

There is a secret to a Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike: Take four days to do it, even if you can do it in one. I have friends who go South to North in one day, and some do North to South the next. That's good for bragging rights, but how much of the Canyon do they really get to see? - How much time can they spend at Ribbon Falls? It's a destination...
Mormon Trail to Hidden Valley
Mormon Trail to Hidden Valley
Citrus Hills, Arizona, United States
 
Moderate: 4.2 miles, 1-3 hours
4.2 mile trail near Citrus Hills, Arizona

Mormon Trail to Hidden Valley is about 4.2 miles long and located near Citrus Hills, Arizona. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-4 hours. There are many trails in this area, worthy of more hiking. The Hidden Valley loop offers interesting tunnels, dry waterfalls, and a cool squeeze through Fat Man's pass. While it might be tempting,...
The Grand Canyon: Kaibab to Bright Angel Trail
The Grand Canyon: Kaibab to Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon Village, Arizona, United States
 
Difficult: 16.0 miles, Multiple days
Experience the Grand Canyon like few others with this unforgettable 2-3 day trip down into the canyon.

If you are looking for the perfect hike in the Grand Canyon, this is it. The 2 (or 3) day hike will take you down into the canyon to where few visitors have the privilege of going. Although the Bright Angel trail is not as steep and has more shade cover and water, the views from the South Kaibab trail are unbeatable. It is best to start from the...
Shaw Butte with towers
Shaw Butte with towers
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
 
Moderate: 4.5 miles, 1-3 hours
4.5 mile trail off of Thunderbird and 7th St

Shaw Butte is about 4.5 miles long and located near Heritage Highlands, Arizona. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. When you say "North Mountain," I think most Arizonans know where it is or can find it. When you say "Shaw Butte," it seems like you get a lot more questioning glances and "huh?". Probably because the entrance...
Boynton Canyon
Boynton Canyon
West Sedona, Arizona, United States
 
7.1 mile trail near West Sedona, Arizona

Boynton Canyon is one of the popular trails in Sedona. If you like red rocks this would be one of the perfect hikes. Great views! Boynton Canyon is about 7.1 miles long and located near West Sedona, Arizona. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. One of the "votex" points in Sedona, Boynton Canyon is popular for both locals...
Schnebly Hill 4x4 Road
Schnebly Hill 4x4 Road
Sedona, Arizona, United States
 
Easy: 12.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Gorgeous backcountry descent to beautiful Sedona

Towering red rock buttes set against a backdrop of deep-green forest and clear blue sky make this road one of Arizona’s most photogenic. The road descends over 2,200 feet from the top of massive Mogollon Rim to the town of Sedona. Memorable hiking trails depart from several places along the road, and dispersed camping is allowed above Vista Point....
Havasu Falls & Mooney Falls
Havasu Falls & Mooney Falls
Supai, Arizona, United States
 
Difficult: 24 miles, Multiple days
3 day backpacking trip to Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls on the Supai Indian Reservation near Grand Canyon National Park

Overview Absolutely, the best hiking experience I have ever had! Waterfalls, steep canyons, caves, mules, did I say waterfalls! The Havasupai Indian Reservation is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park, but you cannot tell that from the scenery. From your very first step at the trailhead parking lot until your return at the end of your...
West Fork Oak Creek
West Fork Oak Creek
Sedona, Arizona, United States
 
Moderate: 7.0 miles, Half day
Semi-shaded by trees and towering canyon walls make this the perfect 7 mile Sedona hike if you want to beat the heat.

Trekking up Oak Creek’s west fork offers one of the best hiking experiences in Sedona, an area already known as a hiker’s paradise. The steep canyon walls and the shade of trees make this a perfect trail if you’re looking to avoid the heat of the Arizona sun. Trace the creek upstream along pleasant sandy trails and thirteen separate river crossings...
Mt Wilson - Sedona
Mt Wilson - Sedona
Sedona, Arizona, United States
 
8.8 mile trail near Sedona, Arizona

Wilson Mountain is 7,122 feet tall and named after Richard Wilson. Richard Wilson was a bear hunter who was killed by a grizzly in 1885. His body was found in Wilson Canyon, which is also named after him. This is the tallest mountain around Sedona, Arizona. The trail to the summit leads to an absolute killer-view of Sedona and far beyond, of Oak Creek,...
Deem Hills West with Summit
Deem Hills West with Summit
North Phoenix, Arizona, United States
 
Moderate: 3.8 miles, 1-3 hours
3.3 mile trail in north Phoenix, Arizona

Deem Hills is one of the newer parks in Phoenix to open (2010) and as such a lot of people still don't know it's there. This means that it has much more of a secluded feel then some of the more well established trails around. It IS popular with mountain bikers though so be on the lookout for them as they like the more sparse feel as well. The main...
Waterfall Canyon in WhiteTank Mountains Regional Park
Waterfall Canyon in WhiteTank Mountains Regional Park
Citrus Park, Arizona, United States
 
0.8 mile trail near Citrus Park, Arizona

Waterfall Canyon in White Tank Mountains Regional Parks is about 0.8 miles long and located near Citrus Park, Arizona. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1 hour or less. A short, barrier-free hiking trail in the White Tank Mountains Regional Park.  Along the Waterfall Canyon Road, area #6.  Flat and easy.  The waterfall only flows...
Pinnacle Peak
Pinnacle Peak
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
 
Easy: 3.7 miles, 1-3 hours
3.7 mile trail near Desert Highlands, Arizona

Pinnacle Peak is about 3.7 miles long and located near Desert Highlands, Arizona. The trail is great for hiking or running and normally takes 1-3 hours. I love this hike. It's the type of hike that can give you a good workout without being overly stressful or difficult. The problem is that everyone knows this so the trail can be rather crowded. With...
Thunderbird H-2
Thunderbird H-2
Glendale, Arizona, United States
 
Moderate: 2.3 miles, 1-3 hours
2.3 mile trail in Thunderbird Conservation Area.

Thunderbird H-2 is about 2.3 miles long. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This is a nice, steady, non-strenuous, climb to the summit for anyone who is somewhat active. The type of incline where you can hold a conversation all the way up. Slightly rocky in parts but manageable. Nice American Flag planted at the top...
Deem Hills East
Deem Hills East
North Phoenix, Arizona, United States
 
Moderate: 3.6 miles, 1-3 hours
3.6 mile trail in north Phoenix, Arizona

Deem Hills is one of the newer parks in Phoenix to open (2010) and as such a lot of people still don't know it's there. This means that it has much more of a secluded feel then some of the more well established trails around. It IS popular with mountain bikers though so be on the lookout for them as they like the more sparse feel as well. Deem...
Baby Jesus Ridge
Baby Jesus Ridge
Orchard Valley Mobile Home Park, Arizona, United States
 

This unmarked trail begins near the 50 year trail and you can drive most of the way to the trailhead by going east on Golder Ranch Road. At the end of the pavement, go through the cattleguard/gate, head north on the dirt road, and at the corral, turn east and follow this road until it becomes to rough to drive with a regular car. You should be near...
Alamo Springs
Alamo Springs
Tortolita, Arizona, United States
 
5.8 mile trail near Tortolita, Arizona

Alamo Springs hike is about 5.8 miles long and located near Tortolita, Arizona. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. Great hike early in the morning before it gets too hot. Be sure to check out the old line shack and look down the well. What's up with the red cart there, though?
Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, NaturePods
Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, NaturePods
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States
Difficult: 18.0 miles, Full day
NaturePods shares the history and natural world of the Grand Canyon in this video guide. More at www.NaturePods.com

Bright Angel Trail is perhaps the premier trail in the Grand Canyon. Join NaturePods naturalist, Stewart Aitchison to explore a bit of the canyon's geology, wildlife, and history. Along the way, we'll stop and visit with the earliest explorers who found a home or infamy in the canyon. We'll also stop and give you a peak into the geology of the canyon...
Upper Javelina Trail
Upper Javelina Trail
Marana, Arizona, United States
Moderate: 4.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Tortolita Preserve

This trail begins at the end of the paved road heading to the golf club at Dove Mountain Resort/Ritz-Carleton. Just park alongside the road, and you will see the plastic trail markers heading west parallel to the road marked "UJT" for the Upper Javelina Trail. After a short distance, you will come to a gate and you will know you are on the right trail...
Wasson Peak - Saguaro National Park
Wasson Peak - Saguaro National Park
Tucson, Arizona, United States
7.7 mile trail near Tucson, Arizona

The Giant Saguaro is the universal symbol of the American West. These majestic plants are only found in a small portion of the United States. Saguaro National Park protects some of the most impressive forests of these sub-tropical giants. Saguraro National Park is one of 58 National Parks in the USA. It is comprised of two districts. The Rincon...
Valley View and Wild Dog Trails
Valley View and Wild Dog Trails
Saguaro National Park, Arizona, United States
2.7 mile trail in Saguaro National Park, Arizona

If you want easy hikes in the west part of Saguaro National Park (Tucson Mountain District) then you can combine two easy trails to get the most out of Saguaro National Park - the Valley View trail and Wild Dog trail. Valley View is an easy and popular trail along the Hohokam Road (unpaved). Wild Dog is also an easy hike across the Hohokam and Golden...
Madera Canyon
Madera Canyon
Madera Canyon, Arizona, United States
4.3 mile trail near Tuson, Arizona

Madera canyon is about 4.3 miles long. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours
Linda Vista Loop
Linda Vista Loop
Oro Valley, Arizona, United States
2.4 mile trail near Oro Valley, Arizona

This is a 2.5 mile hike that makes a loop around the Linda Vista area.  Ample parking is available off Oracle and Linda Vista.  The walk up the trail is easy to moderate, with lots of rock steps to climb over.  The second half of the trail is downhill, with more rock steps.  This is a good hike to do if you only have an hour or so.  Plan to do...
Capital Butte - Up and Over
Capital Butte - Up and Over
West Sedona, Arizona, United States
Moderate: 9.6 miles, Half day
Hike up Sedona's most prominant landmark!

Capital Butte (aka Thunder Mountain or Grayback) is one of the most eye-catching landmarks in Sedona. Believe it or not, there are two main and several obscure trails that climb up this monolith. Once on top, you will be rewarded with a stunning 360 degree view, including all of Sedona and the San Francisco Peaks to the north. The hike can be done as...
Woods Canyon
Woods Canyon
Oak Creek, Arizona, United States
7.9 mile trail near Oak Creek, Arizona

Woods Canyon is about 7.9 miles long and located near Oak Creek, Arizona. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. Woods Canyon is a pleasant, not too well frequented trail that begins in the south parking lot of the Red Rock Forest Service Ranger Station about 8.5 miles south of Sedona and just a few miles south of the Village...
Turkey Creek, Aravaipa Canyon
Turkey Creek, Aravaipa Canyon
Parsons Grove, Arizona, United States
4.6 mile trail right before the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area. Requires no permit and a beautiful canyon for hiking.

Turkey Creek--Aravaipa Canyon is about 4.6 miles long and located near Parsons Grove, Arizona. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. Wonderful views, especially of one of the most intact cliff dwellings in the southeast part of the state. No permit required.
Bear Mountain & Doe Mountain - Sedona, AZ
Bear Mountain & Doe Mountain - Sedona, AZ
Sedona, Arizona, United States
Difficult: 5.3 miles, Half day
5.3 mile trail near Sedona, Arizona. Bear Mtn is strenuous; Doe Mtn moderate.

Bear Mtn & Doe Mtn, Sedona is about 5.3 miles long and located near Sedona, Arizona. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. To get to Bear Mtn and Doe Mtn, from 89A, you turn on Dry Creek Rd,, then left on Boynton Pass Rd. Travel 1.6 mi, where you turn left/stay left on Boynton Pass Rd. Parking lot for both hikes will be on...
Secret Canyon - Sedona Arizona
Secret Canyon - Sedona Arizona
Sedona, Arizona, United States
Moderate: 9.6 miles, Full day
10 mile trail near Sedona, Arizona

Secret Canyon, Sedona is about 10 miles long and located near Sedona, Arizona. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day. Moderate. Has some challenges for experienced hikers.  I see ET has this at 9.7, but it was 10 miles.  We hiked in 5, turned around and returned same route. Off 89A, turn on Dry Creek Rd heading North....
Rainbow Rim Trail - North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Rainbow Rim Trail - North Rim of the Grand Canyon
North Rim, Arizona, United States
Moderate: 36 miles, Full day
This incredibly sweet ride offers great views, ponderosa and aspen forest, all on a sweet single track.

This sweet Grand Canyon ride will take you through some outstanding and remote country. Views, intimate forest, all accesses from mellow singletrack make this ride doable for almost anyone.