7 Totally Kid-Friendly Hikes In Arizona That Are 1 Mile And Under

With how beautiful Arizona is, there is definitely no excuse for your kids to not spend time outside, especially in the precious months before the summer heat arrives. If you’re looking for ideas to plan a fun family outing, why not try out hiking? And don’t worry, you won’t need to contemplate how far to drag or carry a tired child, because the trails we’re featuring today are all one mile or less. Let’s take a look at some of the best hikes in Arizona for families with kids:

Hopefully, your kids enjoy these hikes as much as we do! Are there any additional hikes you would suggest for families with children of any age? Be sure to let us know your favorites! Looking for more easy trails to hike in Arizona? If you want to explore the Grand Canyon a little more, we suggest reading These Are The 6 Easiest Trails You Can Hike At Arizona’s Grand Canyon.

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Address: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area National Park Service Headquarters, 691 Scenic View Rd Dr, Page, AZ 86040, USA
Address: Signal Hill, Tucson, AZ 85743, USA
Address: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Address: Lava Flow Trail, Loop Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, USA
Address: Tempe Butte, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Best Hikes in Arizona

February 24, 2022

What are the best kid-friendly hikes around Arizona?  

Arizona is a wonderful state for hikers; many of our incredible scenic trails feel like something out of a movie more than features of the southwestern desert we live in. With as many hikes as there all peppered all over the Copper State, many are great for bringing the kids along. Some of our favorite kid-friendly hikes around Arizona include legendary trails like the world-famous Horseshoe Bend Trail, which leads to an iconic Arizona landmark that will blow you – and the little ones – away. Other hikes easy enough for the whole family include the Fay Canyon Trail, which is in the Coconino National Forest, and the Seven Sacred Pools via Soldier Pass Trail, in Sedona. Finally, we also recommend the Sugarloaf Loop Trail, which can also be found in the Coconino National Forest and is just two miles long.  

What are some of the most amazing scenic hikes in Arizona?  

As we stated above, Arizona is a true paradise for anyone who enjoys hiking even a tiny bit. There are hikes in this state so amazing that folks come from around the world to experience them; the West Fork Trail outside Sedona on the 89A is one that, for example, frequently makes “top 10” lists in terms of “best-of hikes” in the country. Other amazing scenic hikes in Arizona that we can’t get enough of including the amazing Fossil Creek Falls hike, which is in the Fossil Springs Wilderness near Payson and features – you guessed it – an amazing waterfall finish. Folks closer to Phoenix will also enjoy the amazing White Tank Waterfall Trail, which can be found at White Tank Mountain Regional Park. That one is 1.8 miles long and actually pretty easy – do it following a good rain event and the falls should be going! Finally, check out Ellison Creek Cascades Trail, in Tonto National Forest. That one is easy and should be great for all skill levels. Interested in ancient civilizations and ruins? Check out this list of some awesome Arizona ruins trails. 

Address: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area National Park Service Headquarters, 691 Scenic View Rd Dr, Page, AZ 86040, USA
Address: Signal Hill, Tucson, AZ 85743, USA
Address: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Address: Lava Flow Trail, Loop Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, USA
Address: Tempe Butte, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA