Best trails in Arizona

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Trying to find the best Arizona trails? AllTrails has 2,934 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Grand Canyon National Park or around Phoenix, Tucson or Sedona we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Arizona state park trails, check out Picacho Peak State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Echo Canyon Recreation Area near Paradise Valley or Phoenix Mountain Preserve near Phoenix. Ready for some activity? There are 1,573 moderate trails in Arizona ranging from 0.6 to 129.1 miles and from 141 to 10,869 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Devils Bridge Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
Devils Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch located in the Sedona area of Coconino National Forest. This is a great hike that offers breathtaking views of Red Rock country. This route is relatively short, but does have a steep climb at the end. The official trailhead starts along the unpaved portion of Dry Creek Road (FR 152) and requires a high clearance vehicle to access. If you only have a low clearance vehicle, you can park in the parking lot at the Dry Creek Road trailhead as shown on this map, which is approximately 1 mile from the official trailhead, or at the Mescal Trailhead located on Long Canyon Road. If you park at the Mescal Trailhead, you will take the Mescal Trail to Chuckwagon Trail to meet this route. From the parking area, follow the marker for Devil's Bridge Trail. The early portion of the trail was originally a jeep trail so it is smooth and traverses through washes filled with juniper and prickly pear cactus. Once you come to the base of the bridge, you will continue up a natural rock staircase that has beautiful views. You will reach another level of stairs which will take you up to the bridge. This popular trail is certainly a tourist attraction so make sure to arrive early to avoid large crowds. There will most likely be many people at the top taking a photo on the bridge. Although dogs are allowed on the trail, the steps at the end are steep and may not be suitable for all dogs.Show more
#2 - Cathedral Rock Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 29 m
Cathedral Rock is a short hike that offers beautiful views of the naturally occurring red rock formations in the heart of red rock country. This is a favorite hike in the Sedona area. The Cathedral Rock trailhead can be accessed off of Back'O'Beyond Road. There is a small trailhead parking area. However, the trail can also be accessed from Baldwin and Templeton trails. The trail ends with a short steep climb to Cathedral Rock. There are some steep sections so hiking shoes are recommended. There are great views along the entirety of the trail. Cathedral rock is an amazing short but strenuous hike in the southern part of Sedona. It's a distance of just about 1.2 miles round trip but the 740+ ft elevation gain make this a moderate to difficult hike with portions where near vertical climbing is required. From the trailhead the hike can be half hour to an hour each way. The views at the top of the hike are more than worth it however especially during sunset. Be sure to wear proper closed toed hiking shoes with good grip for an easier climb up and down. With two smaller parking lots that fill up fast during the day and nearby street parking that is packed at peak times, plan that into the hike. This is a must hike when in Sedona! Dogs are allowed in this area, but it is not advisable to bring them on this trail. The route requires a lot of scrambling, which would be too difficult for most dogs.Show more
#3 - Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trail
Echo Canyon Recreation Area
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h
Camelback Mountain is one of Phoenix’s best hiking and rock climbing destinations while offering great views of the metropolitan area. Located in the Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area, this area preserves a lot of native species that are unique to the Phoenix area and surrounding desert environment. Camelback Mountain became a city park in 1968- prior to that, this area was a Native American reservation and is known as a special area to locals. There are over 200 miles of trails to experience in this park, so make sure to check the park website for hours of operation at https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/camelback-mountain The summit can be reached via two hiking trails: Echo Canyon Trail and Cholla Trail. Both trails are strenuous and subject to extreme heat, so hikers suggest bringing plenty of water as numerous people have endured heat strokes. The last half-mile of the trail involves a rock scramble to the Camelback Mountain Summit so proper footwear is key. Traffic is extremely heavy during the winter season on the Echo Canyon route so consider the Cholla Trail or other hiking trails in the Phoenix area. Visiting climbers might also be interested in The Praying Monk, a 100-foot rock formation resembling a monk who is praying. Parking is currently limited at the trailhead- If the parking lot is full you can park at the JW Marriott for a few hours which is a half-hour walk to the trailhead. Show more
#4 - Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300
Phoenix Mountain Preserve
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
Hikers, walkers, sightseers and runners alike flock to Piestewa Peak like moths to your camping lantern, drawn here in part because of its proximity to the Phoenix metropolitan area. Despite the crowds this mountain can still be a lot of fun, offering a short but taxing climb and many great views of the Sonoran desert along the way. The parking lot is off Squaw Peak drive and leads to many more hiking trails in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The route starts on a short connector trail and then goes straight up to the summit. If you are looking for a great workout, this summit hike is the perfect trail. Some notable views from the summit include Camelback Mountain, the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area, and the city of Phoenix. The Piestewa Peak Summit Trail is especially great for a sunset hike to end your day. Show more
#5 - Flatiron via Siphon Draw Trail
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 4 h
Users recommend bringing plenty of water as there is none on the trail. Wear sturdy shoes with grip, and reference the blue and white markers help with navigating. Much of this trail is scramble or rock climbing, so it may not be the best trail for to bring dogs. In recent years there have been several rock slides, and the upper part of the trail has been altered extensively. Please follow signs. Park Entrance Fee: Week days - $7.00 Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults); Weekends - $10/vehicle $3.00 Individual/BicycleShow more
#6 - West Fork of Oak Creek Trail #108
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
Semi-shaded by trees and towering canyon walls make this the perfect seven mile Sedona hike if you want to beat the heat. Trekking up Oak Creek's west fork offers one of the best hiking experiences in Sedona, an area already known as a hiker's paradise. The steep canyon walls and the shade of trees make this a perfect trail if you're looking to avoid the heat of the Arizona sun. Trace the creek upstream along pleasant sandy trails and thirteen separate stream crossings and enjoy the imposing views of the canyon walls towering above you. Unless the waters are high, the crossings are relatively easy, and the elevation gain on this trail is slight. The trail ends where the canyon walls close in on you and there's nowhere else to go without getting your feet wet. Enjoy the great views, make the most of the photo opportunities and marvel at how the water has etched away at the rock over the millennia. If you're suitably equipped, you can continue to wade upstream for another quarter of a mile or so. The pebbly creek bed can be a little hard on bare feet, but it might be tolerable to you - also be careful of the smoother rock surfaces underfoot which are particularly slippery. Eleven miles north of Sedona, the trailhead at the Call of the Canyon day-use area has limited parking availability, which may be an inconvenience to some, but early arrivals will enjoy a relatively uncrowded trail. Show more
#7 - Tom's Thumb Trail
Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
Tom's Thumb Trail is a short switchback trail from Tom's Thumb trailhead up to Tom's Thumb spur at the intersection of the Windgate Trail. It was named 45 yers ago after the first member of the Arizona Mountaineering Club who climbed it - Tom Kreuser. Hikers are treated to gorgeous views of the southern Mcdowell Mountains and urban Phoenix. There is a nice variety of flora and fauna. The trail is managed by Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. There is no water at the trailhead so bring plenty of liquid to stay hydrated.Show more
#8 - Hieroglyphic Trail
Superstition Wilderness
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
Be sure to park in the parking lot area, as you may get towed if you park along the road. This is a great trail to do in early February with some wildflower bloom & water in the pools of the smooth rock canyon where the petroglyphs are found. It’s tempting to look up at the landscape but you’ve got to keep your eye on the trail as you go - navigable but rocky - hiking boots are a better choice over other athletic wear. Be prepared for a small bit of rock climbing as you enter the canyon at the end. This combined with the rocky trail, gradual uphill climb and total distance makes this hike moderate. Show more
#9 - Humphreys Peak
Kachina Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 6 h 12 m
Humphreys Peak is the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet and one of the most scenic viewpoints in the San Francisco Peaks. On clear days hikers can see the Grand Canyon from the summit. The alpine forest trail is located just north of Flagstaff. This is a strenuous rocky trail with over 3,000 feet elevation gain. Humphreys Trail is open year round but snow can make the hike difficult during the winter months. Since the snow cover and lack of signage can make navigation difficult, it is recommended that you use the app's recorder feature to avoid getting lost. First section in the woods is all rocks and roots, watch your knees and ankles on the way down (hiking poles highly recommended). At the top there are several false summits and a decent amount of loose rock. Up past the treeline is usually very windy and exposed, use sunscreen. Afternoon storms are common in the late summer. Show more
#10 - Soldier Pass Trail
Coconino National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Parking in this area can be difficult and limited. Gorgeous trail, make sure to check out Devil's kitchen, the 7 sacred pools, and the secret caves - they are absolutely stunning! Show more
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