The Top 5 Best Places to Hike in Arizona

The Top 5 Best Places to Hike in Arizona

We all need a little time spent outside of the office and there is no better place to go than the great outdoors. Much of what is Arizona used to be volcanic. These long dormant volcanoes are now part of the many scenic hiking trails scattered throughout the state. With so many great places to visit, you may have to limit yourself to just a few. That is why we’ve put together a list of our top 5 favorite places to hike in Arizona.

1. The Grand Canyon

One of the natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon draws millions of people to the stunning nature preserve in northern Arizona. With breathtaking views from a mile above the Colorado river it is no wonder so many people choose to make the all-day hike from rim to rim. Here, the weather can change drastically between the rim and the basin, so you will need to be prepared for both extremes and the even colder temperatures that come at night.

2. Sedona

Like the Grand Canyon, the red rock mountains of Sedona are both striking and memorable. The contrast of red rock jutting out from the lush pine forests can take your breath away. A popular spot to visit is the Devil’s Bridge, a nearly freestanding tower of stone. The hike to the stone bridge can go from hot to chilly as you move into the shade of the buttes. Another great spot is Bell Rock which is an easy walk to the top.

3. Camelback Mountain

Named for its appearance, Camelback Mountain is one of the most accessible hiking spots in Phoenix. It is in the center of the urban sprawl making it a great spot for a quick early morning hike. From the top, it has spectacular views of the city scape and the other smaller hiking spots sprinkled throughout the valley. If you plan on experiencing the dramatic colors of an Arizona sunset, there is no better place than from atop Camelback Mountain.

4. Superstition Mountain

Located to the east of the Phoenix Valley are the majestic Superstitions Mountains. The remnants of long dormant volcanoes, they possess a unique appearance and an interesting past. These mountains are known for their many jutting red rocks and superstitious legends. The most famous story is of the Lost Dutchman Mines, a gold mine worth over 2 million dollars that has been lost for centuries.

5. Humphrey’s Peak

If you’re looking for a challenge, head north to Humphrey’s Peak, the highest point in Arizona and home of some fantastic views. This is a high difficulty hike and not for the light of heart. It can be a long hike to the top where the total elevation is 12,633 feet. Stay aware of other hikers as you make your journey and come prepared for the difficult terrain.

 

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