Explore the most popular historic site trails in Arizona with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

I took my 3.5yo and my 11mo (in a pack) and this was a great hike. It’s more of a walk. Most (if not all) is paved and it has rails on a majority of the cliff edges. Some parts of the trail are a little narrow (just FYI). There are stairs, but it’s not too bad. Great views of the canyon and it was awesome to able to explore the ruins. Would definitely go on this hike again.

kinda short, but love it

hiking
4 days ago

12/9/17: we did a 2 mile hike along North 40 trsil to Hole in The Wall trail to PMBA trail. about 2 miles and 1 hour. Very easy trail. not much to see but perhaps the full trail and the 260' elevation gain would be different.

We did this hike a few days after it opened late 2016. Exceptionally thoughtful and beautiful tribute to these 20 heroic young men (lone survivor included). The hike is very moving and meant to be done at your own pace with beautiful granite memorials for each of the fallen every 600 or so feet. There are benches along the way where you can take a rest, reflect on your life, the sacrifices of others or to give thanks for what most matters to you.
At the top of the trail (about 2/3 in) there is a tribute to the team and a view of the actual site. You can switchback down to it where there are crosses for each of the 19. It's heartbreaking to see how close they were to safety.
As an aside, we had an opportunity to talk to Parks officials about the development of the park. We were told the granite memorials and steel benches were made by Arizona prison inmates and the community and families were quite involved with the planning.
This park is a true labour love and we plan to return every year. Be prepared for a sombre yet rewarding experience.

hiking
10 days ago

An intermediate hike with some tougher sections and over 2000 ft elevation. It is a beautiful hike and a wonderful memorial. Be sure to read the book “Granite Mountain” or see the movie “Only the Brave” before doing this hike. It will be more meaningful and more interesting for you. We were 3 hours and 40 minutes in and out and took our time at each memorial plaque.

I've hiked the trail a couple of times and really enjoyed it. The views are great, especially at the top of the loop. It's my favorite type of hike: uphill for the first part, downhill for the last.

You will need a sport utility or truck to get to the trail head (several washed out spots on the road in). Very easy walk with plenty of Petroglyphs to see and nice vistas also.

Beautiful views, fun and challenging trail as it winds through the rocks. Cairns along the trail were very helpful when the trail got fuzzy. Bring $5 or your parking pass to use the parking lot at the top. We took the loop in a clockwise direction, beginning with the steep switchbacks, allowing us to “enjoy” the shallower ascent back to the top at the end of the loop. Doggo friendly but rocky!

Great views
Great for summer and winter
Awesome camping sites