Arizona is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the U.S. With so many places to visit such as the Grand Canyon, Usery Mountain Regional Park , and the grand view at Dobbins Lookout, you will never run out of beautiful places to explore. If you are into hiking and taking in all the sights and sounds of nature, here are some of the best hiking trails you can find in The Copper State.
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1. Havasu Falls – Grand Canyon National Park
Deep inside the Havasupai Indian Reservation of Grand Canyon National Park you can find Havasu Falls. From the trailhead you trek an 8-mile hike into the village of Supai. Then go another 2 miles to the campground. You must have a permit to hike in this area and it costs $40 for a permit, and $17 per night to stay at the campground. While it may seem expensive, the view of the turquoise waterfalls in person is worth every cent.
2. Finger Rock Trail – Catalina Mountains
The hike from Finger Rock Trail to Mount Kimball starts with desert hills and leads you through the edge of Tucson until you reach the peak of the mountain. It is not a hike for beginners as you hike uphill 4,200 feet in just 5 miles. At the top of the mountain you will be rewarded with once-in-a-lifetime views of the mountains all around you.
3. Trail #108 - West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon
Found in the Sedona area, this trail allows you to escape the busy tourist attractions and get back to the peace and quiet of nature. This winding trail leads you down to a creek, which is where many people turn to go back. If you choose to continue hiking up the creek, you will have the chance to see the beautiful red rocks and golden walls of Oak Creek Canyon. This hike is especially nice during the fall season.
4. Bright Angel Trail – Grand Canyon National Park
This trail goes down to the Colorado River and runs 9 miles in either direction. There are rest houses located along the way where hikers can enjoy a cold drink of water during the warm summer months. During the winter, expect to see some snow and ice when you reach the higher elevations. Camping is available at Indian Gardens as well as the Bright Angel Campground. Remember that you will need a permit for all backcountry camping.
5. Siphon Draw Trailhead – The Lost Dutchman State Park
Located about an hour’s drive east of Phoenix is the Superstitions Mountains where The Lost Dutchman State Park can be found. The Siphon Draw Trailhead is a hike that begins with a gradual climb. Once you reach the mountain’s base, you will find a well-travelled path. The trail is steep with plenty of loose rocks making it a better choice for advanced hikers. After about 2.5 miles of hiking, you will make yourself to the top of the mountain where there is an area known as Flat Iron, which is about as large as a football field.