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Best trails in Safford

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Looking for a great trail near Safford, Arizona? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Roper Lake State Park or Dankworth Pond State Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Safford ranging from 2.8 to 69.2 miles and from 3,231 to 10,013 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (20)
#1 - Heliograph Peak Trail #328A
Coronado National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Mountains views, cool summer hike, 99-ft fire lookout tower. A great hike to escape the summer heat. Along the trail you will see Douglas fir, quaking aspen, Ponderosa pine and Engelmann spruce. From the trailhead at Shannon Park campground follow the Arcadia trail #5318 for about 1 mile the to the junction with the Heliograph trail, the junction is marked with a sign. Follow the Heliograph trail right for another mile to the top. On top you will find a historic 99-ft lookout tower and cabin, the tower is still functional and is occupied during the fire season. Show more
#2 - Noon Creek Trail #302A
Coronado National Forest
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
There is a sign on 366 for the Round Mountain Trailhead and picnic area. That is the sign for this trailhead. You can also get on this trail at the Noon Creek Picnic area. Show more
#3 - Ladybug Trail #329
Coronado National Forest
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 7 h 11 m
#4 - Swift Trail Scenic Drive
Mount Graham Wilderness
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Length: 69.2 mi
Swift Trail Scenic Drive starts in the desert valley and climbs Mt. Graham to dense forest and cool temps compared to the valley. The highway, beginning 7 miles south of Safford, shoots straight through the desert scrubland toward the Pinaleno Mountains and the sky island of lush, forested mountain peak rising from the desert. The sweeping parkway quickly gives way to dramatic switchbacks and tight turns as it begins to climb the diverse mountains, home to 10,720-foot Mount Graham, the tallest peak in the range and the third tallest in Arizona. In less than 35 miles, travelers find themselves about 6,000 feet higher and 20 degrees cooler than when they started from desert to spruce, and everything else in between, in an hour-and-a-half. But this stunning drive deserves far more than 90 minutes. Travelers should plan at least four hours for the 72-mile round trip. From November 15 to April 15, the Forest Service closes the top of the Swift Trail near Hospital Flat, about 22 miles from US Route 191, due to winter weather. At the junction of State 366 and US 191, motorists should reset their odometers to better pinpoint destinations along the trail. At about 3,200 feet, the area around the junction thrives with the resilient plants that are signatures of the desert: paloverdes trees, ocotillo, prickly pear and saguaro cacti. But the scenery outside the car window rapidly changes as the road heads into the peaks. About 4 miles into the drive, the parkway enters Coronado National Forest and the scrub gives way to Sonoran grassland. The gently rolling hills change to cliffs and canyons. A dirt road turns off the parkway around mile 6, leading 1 mile to Jacobson Overlook, an impressive panoramic view of the Gila River Valley. Sage and dense stands of oak now cover the steep slopes alongside the road, though prickly pear, yuccas and smooth, red-barked manzanitas still stand alongside them.Show more
#5 - Ash Creek Falls via Ash Creek Trail #307
Coronado National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Hikers have reported that this trail and waterfall may have severe fire damage. Show more
#6 - Frye Mesa Reservoir Trail
Mount Graham Wilderness
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 28 m
#7 - Arcadia Trail #328
Coronado National Forest
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 5 h 54 m
Arcadia for fee NF Campground. Has 19 campsites with fire rings and picnic table. Pit toilet. **No water** Has a lot of tall trees providing lots of shade. With it being high elevation, it is cooler in the summer. Many hiking trails in the area. RVs up to 22' and vehicles with trailers less than 21' are recommended. Longer vehicles have difficulty negotiating the switchbacks on AZ 366.Show more
#8 - Grant Hill Trail
Hospital Flat Recreation Area
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
If you are looking to get out of the low desert heat and do some biking, this is for you. Head up Highway 366 which is off US 191 south of Safford and north of Willcox. The road is very twisty with lots of switchbacks, but paved for about 18 miles. You will pass various campgrounds (Arcadia) and trails (Lady Bug Pass) but continue on to Hospital Flat.  A nice campground with about 10 walk-in tent only sites. Bike from here, about 0.8 miles further up the road to Milepost 138 where the trail head is located on your left.  Head clockwise on the trail for the best ride. Go slightly up hill, pass through the gate, and then the trail heads downhill for a nice cruise.  About 1 mile into the ride, look for the short side trail which goes out to an overlook with great views into Bonita, Fort Grant and the road into Aravaipa Canyon. After the overlook, return to the trail which now turns to single track, but continues up.  Eventually, you reach the junction with the first of 3 bail outs back to the trail head. Head left on the outside loop which is now double-track again. Further along it turns into single track again on the far west side. Join a double track again and watch for the signs to continue on switchbacks off the old fire roads and #2 and #3 bailouts back to the trail head. Great ride and nice mixture of double-track and single track.Show more
#9 - Island Day Use Area Loop
Roper Lake State Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 7 m
#10 - Mariah Mesa Trail
Roper Lake State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 17 m
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