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The best 11 hikes in Arizona you shouldn’t skip

Discover the wonders of Arizona’s diverse landscapes through its top hikes. From the iconic Grand Canyon trails to the stunning red rocks of Sedona, these eleven hikes offer a mix of challenges and scenic beauty.

Join us on a journey from the heights of Humphreys Peak to the unique formations of Flat Iron. We’ll explore the best Arizona has to offer outdoor enthusiasts, from the peak to the prairie.

Let’s embark on a hiking adventure and uncover the natural wonders that make the Grand Canyon State a must-visit for nature lovers.


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Located in the Grand Canyon, the Havasupai Trail leads to the stunning Havasu Falls, renowned for its turquoise-blue waters. The hike offers a unique and rewarding experience through the Havasupai Indian Reservation.

Humphries Peak

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As the highest point in Arizona, Humphreys Peak is a challenging hike near Flagstaff. The trail takes you through alpine forests and ends with breathtaking panoramic views from the summit.

Flat Iron

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Part of the Superstition Mountains, Flat Iron is a strenuous hike that rewards hikers with a thrilling scramble to a unique flat rock formation offering spectacular views of the surrounding desert landscape.

Wilson Mountain

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Near Sedona, Wilson Mountain offers diverse landscapes and stunning red rock views. The trail has different segments, each providing a different perspective on the area’s beautiful scenery.

Bright Angel Trail

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One of the Grand Canyon’s classic hikes, the Bright Angel Trail takes you into the canyon, offering breathtaking views of the Colorado River. The well-maintained trail is popular but requires careful planning due to its challenging nature.

West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon

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This serene and picturesque trail in Sedona follows a stream through a lush canyon. It’s known for its stunning fall foliage, towering canyon walls, and numerous creek crossings.

North Kaibab Trail

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Leading to the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the North Kaibab Trail is a challenging descent that reveals the canyon’s geological wonders and provides a unique perspective on its vastness.

White Pocket

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Located in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, White Pocket is a surreal and otherworldly landscape featuring unique sandstone formations. The hike is an adventure into a remote and visually striking area.

Fremont Saddle and Weavers Needle

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Set in the Superstition Mountains, this trail takes you to Fremont Saddle, with impressive views of Weavers Needle, a prominent rock formation. The trail combines scenic beauty with a bit of Arizona’s rugged history.

Bear Mountain

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Found in Sedona, Bear Mountain offers a challenging ascent with rewarding panoramic views of the surrounding red rock formations. The trail provides a less crowded alternative to some of Sedona’s more popular hikes.

Butcher Jones Trail

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Located at Saguaro Lake, Butcher Jones Trail is a lakeside hike with beautiful views of the water and surrounding desert. It’s a relatively easy trail, making it accessible to a wide range of hikers.

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