Arizona December 27, 2017
You Won’t Want To Miss Hiking These 7 Arizona Desert Trails This Winter
You can tell it’s winter in Arizona’s deserts. The day temperatures are cooler and the sun’s harsh rays feel less intense than the rest of the year. If you’re looking to hit the trails this winter, then you’ll want to check out these hiking trails in our deserts.
1. Arch Canyon (Organ Pipe National Monument)
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a secluded, beautiful location where you’ll find more than just cactus lining hiking trails. Creosote bushes, small juniper trees, seasonal wildflowers, and even wildlife might distract you from the slightly strenuous trek up the mountain.
Miles: 2.6 miles round trip
2. Arizona Hot Springs via White Rock Canyon (Lake Mead National Recreation Area)
How does a winter hike to a hot springs sound? This 6.7-mile hike will show you just how secluded and underestimated Arizona’s northwest region can be. Hike through a rugged canyon and past the Colorado River to the hot springs that averages 111 degrees.
Miles: 6.7 miles round trip
3. Bridal Wreath Falls Loop (Saguaro National Park)
The Rincon Mountains sit on the east side of Tucson and this hike is a great way to see the desert environment here. Overall, the hike is a moderate one that will ensure you get some exercise in for the day, so be prepared for a steady incline during most of the hike. If you want to spot the seasonal waterfall, hit the trail a day or so after it rains.
Miles: 7.2 mile loop
4. Garden Valley Loop (Superstition Mountains)
This is a fairly easy trail that will allow you to see the beautiful desert scenery that surrounds the Superstition Mountains. If you time it just right, you might even be able to see the wildflowers bloom in late winter.
Miles: 5.3 miles round trip
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5. Holbert Trail (South Mountain Park)
You’ll find around 30 trails going up and down South Mountain, each offering a great opportunity for exercise along with excellent views. This trail not only offers a spectacular end view of Phoenix but keep a lookout for rock art at the beginning of the trail. If you’re looking for a quieter hike, be sure to head out here on a weekday.
Miles: 2.4 miles one-way
6. Sunset Vista Trail (Picacho Peak State Park)
Ready for a challenge? The hike up the towering Picacho Peak is a bit of a doozy since parts of it feel like you’re going straight up and cables are installed to help make the trek up just a tiny bit easier. The views from the top, however, are worth it.
Miles: 5.67 miles round trip
7. Waterfall Trail (White Tank Mountain Regional Park)
If a short and scenic trail is more your style, then you’ll like this one on the western edge of Phoenix. If you head out here a day or two after a good rain storm, you’ll not only see the desert come alive but you might also get a chance to see a natural waterfall!
Miles: 2 miles round trip
Don’t mind a bit of snow during your hike? Read
7 Picturesque Trails In Arizona That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking for a few suggestions.