7 Cool And Calming Hikes To Take In Arizona To Help You Reflect On The Year Ahead

Most people don’t associate the beginning of a new year with hiking, but across much of Arizona, the cooler months are actually the best time to be outdoors! These seven laid-back, easy hikes in Arizona are perfect for kicking off a new year while the weather is nice, with just enough challenge to leave you invigorated without sacrificing any of the peace and serenity that accompanies a leisurely stroll.

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Best Hikes in Arizona

February 27, 2022

What are some of the best, easy hikes in Arizona?  

Arizona is a hikers’ paradise, and with more than 3,000 awesome trails to choose from, there are many for those who are new to hiking or who prefer an easier trip. Some of our favorite easy hikes in Arizona include the amazing Horseshoe Bend Trail, which is great for all ages (see more on that below) and leads to one of the most amazing, iconic places in the entire southwestern United States. It’s short, too, at just a mile and a half long. We also love the Fay Canyon Trail, which can be found within the Coconino National Forest, which is 2.3 miles long and very scenic. If you’re in the Phoenix metro area and would like a short, sweet, easy hike with awesome views, check out Hole in the Rock Trail, at Papago Park, which features awesome views of the entire city unlike any other in the whole state. Then, west of Phoenix, there’s the awesome White Tank Waterfall Trail, which is 1.8 miles long and features – yep – a waterfall. Check this article out for some awesome cave hikes in Arizona!  

What are some great kid-friendly hikes around Arizona?  

For this purpose, we’ll define a “kid-friendly” hike as one that’s not only easy but also less than one mile in length. Luckily for those who want to bring the kids hiking, there are seriously more than 900 trails in Arizona that fit this description. Some of our favorite kid-friendly hikes around Arizona include gems like the amazing Antelope Canyon trail, located at Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park. It is just over a half-mile long, and it features the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the southwest. The above-mentioned Hole in the Rock trail near Phoenix is short, too, at just 0.3 miles long, and if you’re ever in Sedona and want to hike with the little ones be sure to look into the Devil’s Kitchen Trail, Secret Slick Rock Trail, and the nearby Yavapai Vista Trail. The Discovery Trail at Lost Dutchman State Park is a truly amazing, one-mile-long adventure, and we also love the Puerco Pueblo Trail at Petrified Forest National Park.