When many people think of Arizona, they immediately envision the desert, heat, cacti, and sand. While all of those things are true, Arizona also has some magnificent slices of paradise that we think are also worth exploring. One of our favorites is the Butcher Jones Trail in the Tonto National Forest. As you read on, you’ll quickly see why we think you should add this impressive hike (where your leashed dog can join) to your list of places to check out when you’re in the Grand Canyon State. This may just be the best hike near Apache Junction, Arizona.


To help you prepare for this outdoor adventure, take a look at our Ultimate Hiking Packing List. I also encourage you to take advantage of AllTrails sign-up offer, which will give you access to tons of trails in Arizona and beyond. And, if you’ve already explored the Butcher Jones hiking trail, let us know about your experience in the following comments section.

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What are some of the best hikes in Arizona?

In addition to Butcher Jones Trail, here are some of the best hikes in Arizona:

  • Cathedral Rock Trail in Sedona: Although this hike is just over a mile, it's rated difficult due to the elevation gain and trail conditions.
  • Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trail in Phoenix: This easy hike is an out trail that's popular during the cooler months. However, dogs aren't allowed on this hike.
  • Coach Whip, Ridgeline and Sunrise Loop in Glendale: When you hike this 2,2 mile-looped trail, you'll get to enjoy waterfront views in Thunderbird Conservation Park.


What are some of the most popular hikes in Arizona with water views? 

Following is an overview of some of the most popular hikes in Arizona with water views:

  • Horton Creek Trail #285 in Payson: As you follow this path that spans 7 miles, you'll come across stunning landscapes that include waterfalls.
  • Waterfall Trail at Fossil Creek: Discover a charming waterfall as you walk along this 2-mile hike.
  • West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108 in Sedona: Remember to bring your camera when you walk along this 6-mile picturesque hike.






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