9 Easy Hikes You Can Enjoy In Arizona This Winter
In many other states, people are hunkered down in their homes to avoid the cold, gray skies, but Arizonans are fortunate to have the sun still brightly shining even in winter. Hopefully, you’re taking advantage of that sun and our seasonal cool weather by staying active and enjoying the outdoors and nature in all its glory. Here are a few of the best hikes in Arizona that you ought to add to your to-do list this weekend. Each trail is under six miles long, features a maintained path, and has beautiful scenery!
When it comes to the best hikes in Arizona, we’re pretty sure some of these top the list! Looking for a place in Arizona that promises beautiful scenery throughout the year? We could recommend just about any place but a definite favorite can be found in This Just Might Be The Most Beautiful Hike In All Of Arizona, which features the beauty you can only find on the West Fork of Oak Creek Trail. What do you think are the best hikes in Arizona? Tell us your picks in the comments.
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What are some great easy hikes in Arizona?
Arizona just so happens to be a world-class hiking destination, with more than 3,000 amazing trails to choose from. With so many trails weaving all over the place, there’s something for everyone, no matter what their skill level might (or might not) be. About a third of the 3,000 trails in Arizona are rated as easy, and many of those are so scenic that you’ll almost feel like you cheated getting to the amazing places they lead to. We just so happen to be major fans of nice, easy, and scenic hikes, and some of our favorites include the amazing Aspen Nature Loop, near Flagstaff, which is one and a half miles long and offers up some of Arizona’s most beautiful forests as surroundings for the length of it. While in northern Arizona, be sure to also check out Cathedral Rock Trail, in Sedona; it’s 1.5 miles round-trip as well and offers some of the most amazing views in the entire southwest along the way. In the metro Phoenix area, check out Tempe’s Hayden Butte, which is paved and quite popular for families. Need more information on each of these and then some? Check this article out for additional easy hikes in Arizona.
What are some of the most scenic hikes in Arizona?
Arizona is such an intensely scenic state that we’d almost argue that EVERY hike is a scenic hike; however, there are some trails in Arizona that do tend to make the “most beautiful” lists on every website time after time. The incredible Bright Angel Trail, for example, is a very long, very hard hike that leads hikers down into the Grand Canyon and then back out again. It’s recommended only for expert-level hikers and is not a trip you can do in a single day. The scenery, however, is beyond worth it, and Bright Angel Trail is one of those trails you add to your bucket list and work your way up to. While at the Grand Canyon, apply for a permit to do the 10-mile one-way hike to Havasu Falls, which is ridiculously beautiful and one of the world’s most-photographed waterfalls despite the difficulty level of access. Other incredible hikes include West Fork Trail, in Sedona, and countless trails in southern Arizona at places like Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Saguaro National Park are also super scenic. Get out and explore; Arizona is a paradise for the outdoors enthusiast.