3 Must-Do Hiking Trips in Arizona
A staggering 1.9 million people visited Arizona’s national parks, according to their Office of Tourism. Given that Arizona is one of the most amazing states for a backpacking adventure, this fact comes as no surprise. Whether you want to take off for a couple of nights camping in the wild or feel the desire to go on longer trails, the miles of open spaces make it a hiker’s mecca with its dramatic landscapes and breathtaking beauty. Provided you carefully pack and prepare for a big trip, organizing your Arizona adventure should be suitable for everyone, even when you’re a beginner.
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
There are more than 400 miles of trails in the Scottsdale region and the Sonoran Preserve is abundant for stunning pathways. For a peaceful and relatively easy backpacking trail, explore Gateway Loop Trail or, for more serious hikers, try Tom’s Thumb. Alternatively, be inspired by the immense scale of the the Sonoran Desert with its rich and diverse ecosystem. For culture, visit Scottsdale for museums and galleries, many of which are free and get involved with Scottsdale Happy Hour in the town to rest your weary feet and relax in comfort after a hard day’s hiking.
Possibly one of the country’s most famous destinations is the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon. The South Rim is open to the public all year round and is very popular with tourists for being relatively easy to access in contrast with the North Rim which is more difficult. Choose to stay in budget hotels or camp in the grounds of the National Park although you should book in advance during the busy periods. Other popular towns nearby include, Williams, Flagstaff or Tusayan, a latter of which is the closest town to the Canyon.
Having more than 300 miles of hiking trails, there’s a walk for everyone regardless of ability in this red rock region. Full of breathtaking views, shaded areas, creeks and towering red rock formations, you can’t help but be inspired. The Devil’s Bridge hike is one of the most popular and offers fantastic views of Sedona’s biggest natural sandstone arch that you can walk across. Alternatively, walk along the Teacup Trail which is extremely close to the town and can easily be done in a day.
Whatever type of hiker you are, it’s unlikely you’ll be disappointed in what Arizona has to offer. Combine some of the world’s most jaw dropping scenery with the nearby vibrant towns and you’ve got yourself a varied and affordable vacation.