OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Hiking & Trails

Breathtaking natural features and vibrant scenery make Arizona the perfect location for hiking, rappelling, and exploring the great outdoors. Whether you're climbing desert mesas, hiking along mountain streams, or navigating gorgeous canyons, you will fall in love with Arizona.


Several trails are close to city centers, too, making it easier to get out in nature to enjoy iconic saguaros and other beautiful sights throughout the desert.


Hundreds of hiking trails can be found in Arizona, with trips ranging from short, easy loops in the heart of the city, to multiple-day treks in remote wilderness areas. Grand Canyon hiking is a favorite for both family trips and expert expeditions, but there are also countless hiking trails at other sites, including many of Arizona’s national parks, monuments, and recreation areas.

Rock climber atop a formation at Windy Point
Windy Point, Mount Lemmon

National Scenic Trail

The Arizona Trail

The Arizona Trail, a National Scenic Trail that forms a meandering 800-mile path across Arizona, from Mexico to Utah, offers an excellent opportunity for those who want to make a challenging trek across the entire state.

Know Before You Go

Hiking Tips

Before you go, check out Arizona hiking tips for important information on staying safe and avoiding injury, dehydration, and other common problems.

Hiking Trails

Hiking Arizona

The 6th largest state has over 2,000 hiking trails to choose from. Desert to water. Rim to rim. Flatland to ridgeline. The tough part is choosing which one to hike.

Day Hikes

Winter Day Hikes

Day hiking during wintertime is a little bit different here ... sunshine collects on the trails, water flows freely and no "base layer" is required.

Grand Canyon Hikes

Hiking the Grand Canyon

Of the 5.9 million visitors who come to Grand Canyon National Park each year, only one-precent ever descend below the rim. Now's your chance to become a one-percenter.

Hiking & Trails

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

The 23,000-acre conservation area is home to impressive Gila Conglomerate cliffs, towering more than 1,000 feet above the Gila River where...

Hiking & Trails

Hassayampa River Preserve

Experience nature at her finest along the cottonwood-willow draped banks of the Hassayampa River. Our 730-acre preserve is a birder's...

Hiking & Trails

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Welcome to the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail - 1210 miles of deserts, rivers, oak woodlands, shorelines, grasslands, and...

Hiking & Trails

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

The nonprofit McDowell Sonoran Conservancy manages the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in partnership with the City of Scottsdale. More than 650...

Hiking & Trails

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The Arizona Game and Fish Department considers the McDowell Mountains and surrounding Sonoran desert the most significant wildlife habitat...

Hiking & Trails

Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve

Located in southeastern Arizona, Ramsey Canyon is at an ecological crossroads where elements from the Rocky Mountains to the north, the...

Hiking & Trails

Rappel Arizona

Rappel Arizona is an outdoor adventure company that specializes in hiking, climbing, and rappelling. Our tours are private and managed by a...

Hiking & Trails

REI Co-op Adventure Center

The REI Adventure Center in Scottsdale offers adventures for all, including guided hiking, road and mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, and...

Hiking & Trails

San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge

Situated at 3,720 to 3,920 feet elevation in the bottom of a wide valley, the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge is home to more than...

Hiking & Trails

San Carlos Recreation & Wildlife

We welcome sportsmen to the San Carlos Apache tribal lands. Our vast reservation is located in east-central Arizona and spans three...

Hiking & Trails

South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC)

No visit to South Mountain Park is complete without a stop at SMEEC. Whether you're looking for tips to enjoy family, friends or solo time...