1. Blue Mesa Trail, Petrified Forest National Park
Why, yes, Arizona does have quite a few badlands but they are more beautiful than their name would suggest. One stunning example is found on the 1-mile loop of the Blue Mesa Trail, which shows off the unique bluish hues of the bentonite clay as well the petrified wood found across the park.
2. Girdner Trail #162, Coconino National Forest
If you want to see some of the classic landscapes of the Sedona area like red rocks, forests, and winding juniper trees, this could be a good alternative to some of the more popular trails. It's 4.5 miles one way and is rated as moderately difficult.
3. Kachina Trail, Flagstaff
It seems that whenever you see photos of the San Francisco Peaks, Kachina Trail is almost always the spot that gets photographed most often. The 12-miles round trip trail is well-maintained and you get to see parts of Flagstaff while hiking, so don’t miss hiking this before the snow falls!
4. Mount Lemmon Trail #5, Coronado National Forest
I think most people wouldn’t expect to see these kinds of views in Tucson. Beautiful, expansive, and still recovering from forest fires in recent years, this 6-mile one way hike has options for either a return hike, taking a tram back to your car, or even having a second car parked at the end of the trail.
5. Parson’s Trail #144, Coconino National Forest
If you've never been to Sycamore Canyon, taking a hike along this easy trail will introduce you to some beautiful wilderness. The trail is 7.4 miles as a round trip but you can always shorten it by turning around sooner.
6. Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale
You'll almost forget you're in an urban area on this trail. The 3.5 mile round trip has beautiful desert views, plant life, and rock formations, plus from some areas you also get glimpses into urban life.
South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park
If you're really craving a difficult, all muscles engaged hike, the South Kaibab Trail is definitely one to do the job. A little over 6 miles one-way, this trail mixes stunning views with a 4500-foot elevation drop. Schedule plenty of time (plan for an overnight at Bright Angel Campground) and bring extra supplies with you because this one is a doozy.
8. Thompson Trail #629, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Green, pretty, and lush, this trail runs through the beautiful lands in eastern Arizona. It's a 5-mile round trip that gives you a perfect view of the White Mountains, especially if you've never been to the area before.
9. West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108, Coconino National Forest
If for some reason you have never ventured into the Oak Creek area, now is as good a time as ever to hike the easy 4-mile round trip trail. Most of the Phoenix crowds have died down a bit for the season and you can start watching the tree foliage change colors this month.
10. Wilderness of Rocks #44, Coronado National Forest
Take a look at your current surroundings then take a look at these trees and hoodoos. Where do you think you would rather be? If you stay on the trail, it's 8 miles round trip, so you'll want to conserve your energy for an uphill walk back to the trailhead.