In the state of Arizona, a variety of trails offer an ideal setting to enjoy the unique desert scenery that provides an ideal backdrop for many day hikes. The moderate climate in Sedona and the Grand Canyon area allows for a comfortable adventure throughout most of the year. Here are just five great day hikes you can enjoy during your visit to Arizona!
The Phoenix and Scottsdale area is surrounded by scenic foothills that offer plenty of open space for hiking. Many of the trails provide an opportunity to climb to an elevation that provides exceptional views of the valley. Hikers will find level trails that traverse the desert as well as more challenging trails that climb to higher elevations.
Beginning at Echo Canyon located off McDonald Road, this moderate 2-hour day hike offers rewarding views at the top of the climb. It provides easy access from Phoenix and is a good way to see the city and valley below.
Superstition Mountain, First Water Trail
For a full day hiking adventure, this 7.2-mile trek rated as difficult, offers a range of elevations and desert scenery.
The red rock scenery in Sedona, Arizona is a unique wonderland that provides an ideal setting for a day hike. Trails in the region range from easy to strenuous and take hikers well into the quiet wilderness regions above the town.
Courthouse Butte Loop
A moderate 4.5-mile hike with views of stunning Bell Rock throughout. Hikers will find several trail options that shorten or lengthen the walk.
A quick ascent up the 0.7 mile trail requires some climbing over boulders to reach the highest elevations. Views at the top are worth the effort but lower trails are also an option.
Visitors to the Grand Canyon will find a choice of day hikes that provide continual views of this natural wonder and meander around the outer edges of the canyon. Guided hikes are also available that lead into and out of the canyon.
Grand Canyon South Rim
The full rim trail encompasses 9.5 miles, but hikers can choose to enjoy sections of this paved route that travels along the edges of the canyon.