Best Trails of Arizona

This list represents the most popular trails in Arizona. Use this list to plan your next Arizona outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Havasu Canyon


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"
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Published by The Mountaineers Books

#2. Camelback Mountain: Summit Trail


This is an excellent, strenuous, and popular hike to the summit of 2,704-foot-high Camelback Mountain. Camelback Mountain, towering above Phoenix and Scottsdale, is a well-known and prominent landmar…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix"
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Published by Falcon Guides

#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 pass…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes Arizona"
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#4. 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"
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#5. 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

#6. Verde Hot Spring


The remains of an extensive hot-spring resort, with several pools still available for bathing. Verde Hot Spring was at one time a thriving resort complete with hotel and several baths. Today, all that…
From the guidebook "Touring Arizona Hot Springs"
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#7. 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 Best Trail in az - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. 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"
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#9. Four Peaks Mine


Very popular mountain drive with several great hiking trails. Dispersed camping allowed. Make sure to pack out all trash. Heavily used ATV and dirt bike area. Stay on roads and trails at all times. Gr…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
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#10. Broken Arrow


Although fairly short, this trail has to be considered one of the best in Arizona. It is extremely fun to drive and the red rock scenery is knock-out beautiful. This is an extremely popular route and…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
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#11. Camelback Mountain: Cholla Trail


Fewer fellow hikers and a complete lack of mountain bikers make the Alta Trail inviting to those who prefer to hike undisturbed in South Mountain Park. Alta Trail is the most challenging trail in the…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix"
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Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#12. Payson Area Campgrounds


Just an hour-and-a-half drive from Phoenix, the Payson area is a popular summer retreat. The Mazatzal Wilderness, one of the largest in the state, bounds the area on the west. Containing the northern…
From the guidebook "Camping Arizona"
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Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Camelback Mountain: Summit Trail


Camelback Mountain is the tallest point in the city of Phoenix. From the 2,704-foot summit of Camelback, hikers command an impressive 360-degree panorama of the city and surrounding mountain ranges.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix"
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Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#14. Gunsight Pass


Old mining road with beautiful views from Gunsight Pass and Lopez Pass at the top of the Santa Rita Mountains. This is a popular ATV area. Make sure you stay on numbered routes only and follow Tread L…
From the guidebook "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
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#15. Flagstaff Area Campgrounds


The largest city in northern Arizona, Flagstaff has a full range of visitor services, as well as cultural events and museums. Spend some time at the Museum of Northern Arizona to learn more about the…
From the guidebook "Camping Arizona"
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Published by Falcon Guides

#16. North Kaibab Trail


The North Rim of the Grand Canyon forms an alluring backdrop to vistas from the South Rim. Its fringe of tall conifers holds the promise of a cool refuge from desert heat and solitude in a wilderness…
From the guidebook "Hiking Grand Canyon National Park"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Hiking - 28 miles Best Trail in az - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. McDowell Mountain: Wagner Short Loop Trail


Fine easy hike for kids and families that circumnavigates the park campground.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix"
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Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Bear Mountain


This is a less-used trail in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. It features some of the best views in the area. This trail is dry and exposed to the south for all of its length and is hot in sum…
From the guidebook "Hiking Northern Arizona"
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Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Cathedral Rock - Back O' Beyond Trail


The Back O' Beyond Trail approaches Cathedral Rock, a Sedona landmark, from the north. The trail first arrives at Courthouse Butte Vista, a large, flat slab of slickrock. From Courthouse Butte Vista,…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes in Sedona, Arizona"
Sedona, AZ - Hiking - 3.2 miles Best Trail in az - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Day Hike Books

#20. South Mountain Trails (Desert Classic Trail)


At 16,500 acres, Phoenix’s South Mountain Park is the largest municipal park in the world. South Mountain itself stretches several miles along the southernmost reaches of the city, and separates new h…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike America: Arizona"
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Published by The Globe Pequot Press