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.
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. 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. 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.
Before you go, check out Arizona hiking tips for important information on staying safe and avoiding injury, dehydration, and other common problems.
From weather-sculpted boulders to pine forest pools and rushing waterfalls, Arizona offers a natural obstacle course that’s ideal for canyoneering. Take on the challenge and rappel down slot canyons in the Mogollon Rim. Splash around in Punchbowl Canyon in the Superstition Mountains. Or spend the day tubing down the Salt River to see out-of-this-world layers and colors along the canyon walls.