Before moving to Arizona, I was one of those people who hated hiking. Walking up a hill too out of breath to talk? No thanks. Well, after moving to Arizona and being forced into a few hikes, I learned to like it. Not like. But love! Maybe I just wasn’t doing the right kind of hiking before?! Or maybe it is just the beauty of Arizona that sold me. Either way, I have put together a few of my favorite Arizona hikes.
Camelback Mountain – Phoenix
Camelback Mountain has two separate hiking trails to choose from – Echo Canyon Trail or Cholla Trail. Echo Canyon Trail is shorter but steeper than Cholla Trail. On AllTrails the hikes are rated as hard. Which is definitely accurate. But you can’t beat the views from the top once you make it up. Good luck!
Devil’s Bridge Trail – Sedona
Located in Coconino National Forest, Devil’s Bridge is less challenging and more scenic than most hikes I’ve been on in Arizona. Getting to the bridge is worth the 4 mile round trip trek! This hike is rated moderate on AllTrails.
Lost Dutchman State Park – Apache Junction
Named after an Old Western tale, Lost Dutchman State Park has 6 different hiking trails – all ranging from easy to hard. My favorite part of this Park is the Goldfield Ghost Town associated with it. Nearby the trails, head to the Ghost Town for souvenirs, tours, food, and drinks! Note: There is a fee to get into the park.
Wave Cave Trail – Gold Canyon
You can find Wave Cave Trail in the Superstition Mountains. It is a 3-mile round trip hike rated moderate on AllTrails. The beginning of the hike is easy and relatively flat; it isn’t until you get closer to the cave that the incline begins. Note: There is a fee to get into this National Park.
Those round up the best Arizona Hikes! Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below.