There tons of great reasons to visit Arizona – the weather, the scenery, and the wide open spaces. But one of the best ways to explore all of that is to simply pull on some sturdy boots and go for a hike! Arizona hiking conjures up images of vast, desert landscapes, but there’s actually a lot of diversity in this large southwestern state.
Whether you’re looking to just get a little exercise, keep the kids entertained, or set out on a multi-day backpacking trek, Arizona’s wilderness has lots to offer. It’s hard to narrow down the list of amazing hiking areas and trails in the state down to just 10. But here’s a sampling of what you can experience on your own two feet when you set out on a hiking adventure in Arizona.
1. Sabino Canyon Trail, Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
For some of the best views of the epic saguaro cacti of Southern Arizona, head to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. This is a unique desert trail because there is actually a creek with water along it. This helps other species of plants grow here as well, including wildflowers, junipers, and cottonwoods. Make a point to hike the Sabino Canyon Trail in the spring, because that’s when the flowers are in bloom. To get an overview of the area, you can take a tram ride into the canyon, which is also the quickest way to get into the canyon. You’ll travel about 7.8 miles round-trip if you take this trail to Hutch’s Pool. It’s moderately difficult, and dogs are not allowed.