Best Backpacking in Arizona

This list represents the most popular backpacking in Arizona. Use this list to plan your next Arizona backpacking 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"
Seligman, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 20 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in az - Click to view allBestBackpacking, Hiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#2. 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"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 19.2 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in az - Click to view allBestBackpacking, Hiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. 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 - Backpacking, Hiking - 19.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Paria Canyon


Starting just north of the Arizona border in southern Utah, this classic hike takes you through one of the most spectacular sandstone canyons in North America. Surprisingly, the hiking is reasonably e…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Arizona: From Deep Canyons to Sky Islands (3rd printing)"
Page, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 37 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#5. Paria River Canyon


Certainly one of the most impressive abysses of the Colorado Plateau, the Paria River Canyon offers adventurous hikers an exceptional 4- or 5-day trip. With sandstone walls soaring hundreds of feet ab…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes Arizona"
Page, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 38 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#6. Hells Gate Trail


This hike takes you to the confluence of Tonto and Haigler Creeks in the Hellsgate Wilderness, a spot noted for its spectacular canyon narrows. The Hells Gate Trail wanders south over a low pass, then…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arizona"
Payson, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 16.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. South Kaibab - Bright Angel Trails


This is one of the easier backpacks in the Grand Canyon but still not to be taken lightly. This is the backpack trip that many first-timers to the Grand Canyon give a try. Most go down the South Kaiba…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arizona"
Tusayan, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 16.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Aravaipa Canyon


A wilderness route through Aravaipa Canyon. Aravaipa Canyon is ranked among the great scenic wonders of the state of Arizona. Here, the rushing waters of Aravaipa Creek cut through volcanic stone as t…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country"
Mammoth, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 21.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Chevelon Canyon


This is a backpack into a little-visited canyon with a trout stream coursing through it. This backpack is an 8.4-mile hike upstream to Chevelon Canyon Lake, a man-made reservoir. There is no formal tr…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arizona"
Winslow, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 16.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Nankoweap (Grand Canyon)


Given the size of the Grand Canyon, its location in the Ancestral Pueblo region, and the fact that it contains more than 2,000 archaeological sites, one might expect to find an abundance of large clif…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen"
Jacob Lake, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 28 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Romero Canyon


This trek begins on the flats of Catalina State Park, ascends through the rugged foothills of the Santa Catalinas, then penetrates deep into the mountains. Most hikers travel only as far as Romero Poo…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country"
Tucson, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 14.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Rainbow Bridge Trail


A challenging backpack into some spectacular canyon country. Although Rainbow Bridge is one of the largest natural bridges in the world—290 feet high and 275 feet wide—in some ways, reaching the bridg…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arizona"
Page, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 23 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Tanner Trail to Kaibab Trail


This hike initially descends into the eastern section of the Grand Canyon, where the geology is strikingly different from the central Grand Canyon. Here, the soft rocks of the Precambrian Grand Canyon…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Arizona: From Deep Canyons to Sky Islands (3rd printing)"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 47.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#14. Tapeats Creek / Kanab Creek Loop


This eTrail is a detailed description of an adventurous loop through the Grand Canyon backcountry. Here is an excerpt from this eTrail's route description. "Surprise Valley, and the smaller valley and…
From the guidebook "Hiking Grand Canyon Loops"
Jacob Lake, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Historic Cabin Loop


This relatively easy loop through magnificent ponderosa pine forest follows historic trails and features historic cabins and hundred-mile views from the Mogollon Rim. This hike follows trails that par…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Arizona: From Deep Canyons to Sky Islands (3rd printing)"
Camp Verde, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 21.8 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#16. Dutchmans Trail Loop


This popular loop through the western Superstitions covers a lot of interesting country, and it follows well-graded, easy trails throughout. The hike is good for newcomers to backpacking.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arizona's Superstition & Mazatzal Country"
Apache Junction, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 14.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. 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 - Backpacking, Hiking - 23.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. South Bass Trail to Hermit Trail


The Tonto Trail winds for over 70 miles along the Tonto Plateau through the eastern Grand Canyon. This hike covers the remote western half of this scenic trail. Starting from the South Bass Trail, the…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Arizona: From Deep Canyons to Sky Islands (3rd printing)"
Grand Canyon, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 42.7 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#19. Fish Creek Loop


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 (3rd printing)"
Apache Junction, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 21.7 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#20. Reavis Ranch


This popular hike follows the north end of the Reavis Ranch Trail to the historic Reavis Ranch, a working cattle ranch until the late 1960s. The Reavis Ranch was the only ranch within the Superstitio…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arizona's Superstition & Mazatzal Country"
Apache Junction, AZ - Backpacking, Hiking - 18 miles
Published by Falcon Guides