Explore the best nature trips 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.

off road driving
3 hours ago

off road driving
3 hours ago

hiking
3 hours ago

This is the trail I always bring friends and out-of-town guests to. I take it to the Watson Lake dam rather then circumnavigating the lake. It's well shaded (when not on rocks), offers creek-side hiking, flat picnic areas, wooden bridges, and a rushing waterfall spilling over the dam (however, this is a seasonal waterfall). The trail is nice because most of it is a loop. I like taking the right fork on the way out and then coming back via the left fork. The right fork takes you up the rocks where you follow white spray-painted dots. This is the heart-pumping section of the trail. After descending near the dam, the cottonwood trees and reeds are so lush and beautiful, providing excellent shade. Return by following the creek, where you'll likely see ducks and hear bullfrogs. This is the flat-ish way back, so it's nice to do last. Excellent hike in summer and fall. The changing leaves in fall make it really special.

I like this hike as it's shady the whole time and offers constant access to the lake. When I was there, there were nesting bald eagles in a tree, so the forest service blocked off that section. Great for kids, dogs, families, anybody. Periodic benches for relaxing, and well marked gravel path with variable grades.

Great bring water and snacks and good shoes
I went last Saturday morning

hiking
4 hours ago

Beautiful and easy trail! Out and back is about six miles with ~thirteen creek crossings. I wore Chacos which I found rather convenient for all the creek/water action you'll experience on this trail. As the trail is so flat and relatively not rocky my sandals worked just fine. I also recommend continuing to hike past the end of the maintained trail--that's when the adventure really starts!

I started on a Friday at around 11am and experienced moderate traffic. Nothing too terrible, but start earlier if you can. Parking is $10 which I thought to be rather steep so I just parked down the road a little bit. Walking along this highway is not super ideal but there are multiple pull-offs for cars not too far from the trailhead and then you only have to pay $2 to walk in!

hiking
4 hours ago

This walk is a means to an end, as it's just a wide sandy path about a half mile long. Expect a packed parking lot and path. The path ends at the edge of the cliff overlooking the Colorado River. People are free to roam and spend however long they want. Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from a number of angles and it's all very breathtaking! The people will spread out and this is a great place to eat lunch, rock-hop, and find a secluded area to just sit and enjoy the view. There are no barriers or roped off sections, so sit as close as you dare! I dared quite a bit. Beware the wind that often whips up the canyon walls. Approaching the cliff edge is best done on all fours or crouching/crawling. A camera is a must! Nobody will believe you didn't take pictures with a fish-eye lens :)

I've gone up to Woods Canyon and Bear Canyon lakes to camp since I was young. Still my favorite place to go camping and I never pass by the view off the rim without stopping to take a look

One of my favorites in Flagstaff. Beautiful forest with amazing views of the mountains.

hiking
9 hours ago

hiking
10 hours ago

hiking
11 hours ago

Beautiful scenery can't be enjoyed due to a poorly kept trail, requiring you to go off trail to make some decent progress even then the loop can't be finished realistically in one day due to the terrain. did 9 miles of this trail and had to turn around due to giant Boulder and fallen trees in the way making it difficult to keep a constant speed.

Awesone hike. short and relatively steep. Beautiful views. Mules pass by inches from the edge. Bring more water than normal for 2 mile hike.

hiking
12 hours ago

hiking
14 hours ago