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.

  • #1 Havasu Canyon

    29 Reviews

    Seligman, AZ

    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 ...
    •  2 days
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    Havasu is one of those places where a spectacular natural setting combines with the fascination of Native peoples to create ...

  • #2 Bright Angel Trail

    22 Reviews

    Grand Canyon, AZ

    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 ...
    •  2 days
    •  19.2 miles
    •  Guide

    In addition to offering the most convenient access to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Bright Angel Trail is also one ...

  • #3 Superstition Mountain

    2 Reviews

    Apache Junction, AZ

    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 ...
    •  Backpack
    •  19.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Another demanding cross-country and on-trail hike, featuring a traverse of the famous ridgeline known locally as “Superstition ...

  • #4 Paria Canyon

    5 Reviews

    Page, AZ

    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 ...
    •  4 days
    •  37 miles
    •  Guide

    Starting just north of the Arizona border in southern Utah, this classic hike takes you through one of the most spectacular ...

  • #5 Paria River Canyon

    4 Reviews

    Page, AZ

    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 ...
    •  4 days
    •  38 miles
    •  Guide

    Certainly one of the most impressive abysses of the Colorado Plateau, the Paria River Canyon offers adventurous hikers an ...

  • #6 Hells Gate Trail

    5 Reviews

    Payson, AZ

    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, ...
    •  Backpack or day hike
    •  16.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike takes you to the confluence of Tonto and Haigler Creeks in the Hellsgate Wilderness, a spot noted for its spectacular ...

  • #7 South Kaibab - Bright Angel Trails

    3 Reviews

    Tusayan, AZ

    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 ...
    •  Backpack
    •  16.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This is one of the easier backpacks in the Grand Canyon but still not to be taken lightly. This is the backpack trip that ...

  • #8 Aravaipa Canyon

    2 Reviews

    Mammoth, AZ

    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 ...
    •  Backpack
    •  21.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A wilderness route through Aravaipa Canyon. Aravaipa Canyon is ranked among the great scenic wonders of the state of Arizona. ...

  • #9 Chevelon Canyon

    3 Reviews

    Winslow, AZ

    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 ...
    •  Backpack
    •  16.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a backpack into a little-visited canyon with a trout stream coursing through it. This backpack is an 8.4-mile hike ...

  • #10 Nankoweap (Grand Canyon)

    1 Reviews

    Jacob Lake, AZ

    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 ...
    •  Backpack
    •  28 miles
    •  Guide

    Given the size of the Grand Canyon, its location in the Ancestral Pueblo region, and the fact that it contains more than ...

  • #11 Romero Canyon

    2 Reviews

    Tucson, AZ

    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 ...
    •  Backpack or day hike
    •  14.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This trek begins on the flats of Catalina State Park, ascends through the rugged foothills of the Santa Catalinas, then penetrates ...

  • #12 Rainbow Bridge Trail

    2 Reviews

    Page, AZ

    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 ...
    •  Backpack
    •  23 miles
    •  Guide

    A challenging backpack into some spectacular canyon country. Although Rainbow Bridge is one of the largest natural bridges ...

  • #13 Tanner Trail to Kaibab Trail

    1 Reviews

    Grand Canyon, AZ

    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 ...
    •  6 days
    •  47.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike initially descends into the eastern section of the Grand Canyon, where the geology is strikingly different from ...

  • #14 Tapeats Creek / Kanab Creek Loop

    1 Reviews

    Jacob Lake, AZ

    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 ...
    •  6 days, plus layover days, if any
    •  Guide

    This eTrail is a detailed description of an adventurous loop through the Grand Canyon backcountry. Here is an excerpt from ...

  • #15 Historic Cabin Loop

    3 Reviews

    Camp Verde, AZ

    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 ...
    •  3 days
    •  21.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This relatively easy loop through magnificent ponderosa pine forest follows historic trails and features historic cabins ...

  • #16 Dutchmans Trail Loop

    3 Reviews

    Apache Junction, AZ

    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.
    •  Backpack
    •  14.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This popular loop through the western Superstitions covers a lot of interesting country, and it follows well-graded, easy ...

  • #17 Angel Basin

    1 Reviews

    Apache Junction, AZ

    A hike through one of the most scenic canyons in the Superstition Mountains that leads to a well-preserved pre-Columbian ruin.
    •  Backpack
    •  23.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A hike through one of the most scenic canyons in the Superstition Mountains that leads to a well-preserved pre-Columbian ...

  • #18 South Bass Trail to Hermit Trail

    1 Reviews

    Grand Canyon, AZ

    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, ...
    •  5 days
    •  42.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Tonto Trail winds for over 70 miles along the Tonto Plateau through the eastern Grand Canyon. This hike covers the remote ...

  • #19 Fish Creek Loop

    1 Reviews

    Apache Junction, AZ

    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. ...
    •  3 days
    •  21.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Fish Creek Loop starts with a hike down scenic Rogers Canyon, then loops through a remote, trailless canyon system and ...

  • #20 Reavis Ranch

    1 Reviews

    Apache Junction, AZ

    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 S ...
    •  Backpack
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    This popular hike follows the north end of the Reavis Ranch Trail to the historic Reavis Ranch, a working cattle ranch until ...