Best Hiking in Arizona

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#1. Boynton Canyon


Boynton Canyon is considered one of Sedona's most scenic canyons and a powerful vortex site. The canyon has lush riparian vegetation, towering red sandstone formations, hoodoo rock spires and ancient…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes in Sedona, Arizona"
Sedona, AZ - Hiking - 6 miles    Best Trail in AZ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Day Hike Books

#2. Havasu Canyon Trail


Havasu is one of those places where a spectacular natural setting combines with the fascination of Native peoples to create a uniquely memorable backcountry excursion. Living for the past several cent…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes Arizona"
Seligman, AZ - Hiking - 20 miles    Best Trail in AZ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#3. Bright Angel Trail


In addition to offering the most convenient access to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Bright Angel Trail is also one of the most popular hiking routes in the park. Wide enough to allow safe passag…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes Arizona"
Grand Canyon Village, AZ - Hiking - 19.2 miles    Best Trail in AZ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#4. Camelback Mountain: Summit Trail


An excellent, strenuous, and popular hike to the summit of 2,704-foot-high Camelback Mountain.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix"
Paradise Valley, AZ - Hiking - 2.4 miles    Best Trail in AZ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#5. South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Campground


A backpack of two or more days, following one of the most popular trails in the Grand Canyon.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Grand Canyon National Park"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - 13.8 miles    Best Trail in AZ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides/Rowman & Littlefield

#6. Bell Rock


Bell Rock is considered one of Sedona's spiritual vortex centers. Many believes the rock energizes and calms those upon its slopes. This bell shaped landmark rises 550 feet and is located at the nor…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes in Sedona, Arizona"
Sedona, AZ - Hiking - 2 miles    Best Trail in AZ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Day Hike Books

#7. Superstition Mountain


Another demanding cross-country and on-trail hike, featuring a traverse of the famous ridgeline known locally as “Superstition Mountain” that dominates the view from Mesa and Apache Junction.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arizona's Superstition & Mazatzal Country"
Apache Junction, AZ - Hiking - 19.2 miles    Best Trail in AZ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#8. Boynton Canyon Trail


Located within minutes of Sedona, Boynton Canyon is a popular hike for locals and visitors alike. Entering a highly scenic canyon boxed in by large red rock buttes and cliffs, this trail accesses some…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes Arizona"
Sedona, AZ - Hiking - 5 miles    Best Trail in AZ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#9. Barks Canyon


This hike takes you up popular, scenic Peralta Canyon and returns cross-country via scenic Barks Canyon.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arizona's Superstition & Mazatzal Country"
Apache Junction, AZ - Hiking - 5.2 miles    Best Trail in AZ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#10. Grand Canyon National Park Trails


Multilingual exclamations of surprise and wonder spring from the lips of millions of visitors who annually arrive from all over the world to stand awestruck at the Grand Canyon’s rim. A mile deep, and…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona's Wilderness Areas"
Flagstaff, AZ - Hiking - 300 miles   
Published by Westcliffe Publishers

#11. Bright Angel Trail to Bright Angel Campground


A very scenic two- to four- day backpack along the Grand Canyon’s most popular trail.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Grand Canyon National Park"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - 18.8 miles   
Published by Falcon Guides/Rowman & Littlefield

#12. Angel Basin


A hike through one of the most scenic canyons in the Superstition Mountains that leads to a well-preserved pre-Columbian ruin.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arizona's Superstition & Mazatzal Country"
Apache Junction, AZ - Hiking - 23.8 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#13. North Kaibab Trail


A rim-to-river backpack of four or more days, frequently used as part of a rim-to rim trip.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Grand Canyon National Park"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - 28 miles   
Published by Falcon Guides/Rowman & Littlefield

#14. Fossil Springs Trail


This trail takes you to Fossil Springs and a historic diversion dam on Fossil Creek in the Fossil Springs Wilderness. The dam was constructed in 1916, and diverts water into a flume. Several miles do…
From the guidebook "Hiking Northern Arizona"
Strawberry, AZ - Hiking - 6.8 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#15. Fish Creek Loop (Backpacking)


The Fish Creek Loop starts with a hike down scenic Rogers Canyon, then loops through a remote, trailless canyon system and along a scenic ridge with views of much of the Superstition Mountains.…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Arizona: From Deep Canyons to Sky Islands"
Apache Junction, AZ - Hiking - 21.7 miles   
Published by Wilderness Press

#16. Grandview Point to Horseshoe Mesa


A rewarding day hike or backpack to a wooded mesa below the South Rim.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Grand Canyon National Park"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - 6.4 miles   
Published by Falcon Guides/Rowman & Littlefield

#17. Four Peaks Trail


Rising abruptly to 7,657 feet from desert elevations of less than 2,000 feet, Four Peaks is a well-known landmark throughout central Arizona. Actually forming the southern end of the Mazatzal Mountain…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes Arizona"
Mesa, AZ - Hiking - 8 miles   
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#18. Peralta Trail


Few, if any, mountain ranges of the American West have stirred the imagination like the Superstitions. Rising east of Apache Junction in a great jumble of volcanic rock, these mountains have earned wh…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes Arizona"
Apache Junction, AZ - Hiking - 4.5 miles   
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Browns Peak


A trail and cross-country hike to the top of the highest of the Four Peaks, and the highest in the southern Mazatzal Mountains.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arizona's Superstition & Mazatzal Country"
Mesa, AZ - Hiking - 4.6 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#20. Humphreys Peak Trail


As the highest summit in the state, Humphreys Peak (12,633 feet) is more reminiscent of Colorado than Arizona. Reaching above timberline, the tallest of the San Francisco Peaks features the only true…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes Arizona"
Flagstaff, AZ - Hiking - 9 miles   
Published by The Mountaineers Books