Hiking is definitely a favorite Arizona activity but not everyone wants—or is able—to participate in the impressively long and arduous trails. If you’re looking for a trail that is easy enough for your whole family to enjoy, you will definitely want to check out these trails found throughout Arizona. Check out what we were able to find!
1. Aspen Nature Loop, Flagstaff
This hike is a short one—it’s only
1.5 miles overall—but for what it lacks in mileage, it makes up for in gorgeous views. The trailhead is located by the Snowbowl and winds through a short portion of the eastern part of the mountain. It has a slight descent and ascent so it’s something that should be relatively easy for most visitors.
2. Baldwin Trail, Sedona
This popular trail is
2.5 miles long and guides you through the pretty areas of Sedona’s red rock country without feeling like you’re on a backpacking trip. This trail also gives you a great view of Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek, so no wonder it’s a popular choice!
3. Beverly Canyon Trail, Phoenix
This trail at South Mountain is a popular one and I’ve taken my young niece on this trail a couple of times. The trail measures just over
3.5 miles in total length and is located on a dirt road that has a slight incline. Just watch your step for loose rocks!
4. Bell Rock Courthouse Butte Loop, Sedona
Another easy trail in Sedona, this
4 mile hike gives you a spectacular view of Bell Rock. The trail is wide and sloped just enough to engage your leg muscles.
5. Blue Mesa Trail, Petrified Forest
Want to see some beautiful blue landscapes in Arizona? This
1 mile trail in Petrified Forest is a good option if you’re looking for a short walk on a paved trail with a small climb at the very end.
6. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior
What? A hike through an arboretum? While it may not be quite the adventure most hikers dream of, it does offer very valuable knowledge about the local plants and, at
2.25 miles, the loop offers at least a hint of what to expect in the wilderness.
7. Dreamy Draw Nature Trail, Phoenix
Located at the base of Piestewa Peak, this is a nice little spot to visit in the early morning hours if you want to squeeze a nature walk in before the day really gets started. This trail is about
1.5 miles long and is a pretty easy walk. If you want to add in some mileage, you can also walk some of the bikeway, which is paved but pretty hilly.
8. Lava Flow Trail, Sunset Crater
This interpretive trail is
1 mile long and meanders through some of the Bonito lava flow at the national monument. For those in a wheelchair or with disabilities, you’ll be happy to know that a portion of the trail is paved and has few hills.
9. Monolith Garden Loop, Kingman
This trail is short and sweet at
nearly 2 miles in length. It shows off some of the lovely rock features you’ll find in Kingman and that many people pass up for more popular alternatives. The path is well-marked and if you plan your trip right, you might get to see some beautiful wildflowers blooming along the path!
10. Springs Trail #633, Pinetop
The White Mountains has plenty of beautiful sights and this easy little trail is one that can definitely be done within a couple of hours. It totals
3.5 miles, takes you past a couple of local creeks, and is perfect for viewing local wildlife.
11. Wildcat Trail, Monument Valley
This trail along the Arizona-Utah border measures
3.2 miles long and is a relatively easy route that gives you an amazing view of the iconic mittens at Monument Valley. With the long drive to the park, who wouldn’t want a chance to walk around and experience the beauty for themselves? Also, note that this is also the only trail in the park that does not require a guide.
Have you tried out any of these easy hiking trails? What are some others you would recommend?