These 9 Challenging Hikes In Arizona Are Totally Worth The Extra Effort

Arizona is a state known for its picturesque natural beauty, and one of the ways that locals like to take advantage of their surroundings is by getting outside and exploring the land. Beginners, don’t be scared! Check out a few shorter hikes in Arizona to prepare for these amazing journeys! While there are many different treks to travel on, here are nine of the best more-challenging treks that all hiking enthusiasts in Arizona must try at some point. Add them to your goals list – we did:

If you are looking for adventures, amazing views, and some of the best hikes in Arizona, these trails must climb to the top of your to-do list. While they will take some extra time and may require some practice to conquer them all, the incredible experiences you will find along the way are absolutely worth the effort. Arizona is famous for its unmatched views and unbelievable natural beauty, and there is no better way to appreciate this spectacular state than to get out there and explore it! What’s your favorite challenging trail? Tell us about it in the comments!

Address: Pinnacle Peak Park Main Trail, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Address: Bright Angel Trailhead, 15 Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA
Address: Humphreys Summit Trail, Arizona 86001, USA
Address: Cathedral Rock Trail, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Address: Wildcat Trail, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536, USA
Address: East Wasson Peak Trail, E Wasson Peak Trail, Tucson, AZ 85747, USA
Address: Finger Rock Trail Head, Pontatoc Canyon Trail, Tucson, AZ 85718, USA
Address: Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
Address: Mount Wrightson, Mt Wrightson, Arizona 85624, USA
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Best Hikes in Arizona

March 08, 2022

What are some nice, easy hikes in Arizona?  

Arizona is home to more than 3,200 hiking trails. Each one is amazing and truly worth it in its own right, but some are a lot easier than others, and sometimes you just kind of want to take it easy while still enjoying the great outdoors. Enter some of Arizona’s most amazing easy hikes, like the legendary Horseshoe Bend Trail near Page. It’s one-and-a-half miles of easy going until you reach one of the southwest’s most iconic natural wonders – Horseshoe Bend. Fay Canyon Trail is south of there, though also in northern Arizona; it’s 2.3 miles long and leads hikers through some of Arizona’s most beautiful red-rock country. Sedona in general is an amazing place to hike; we highly recommend it for hikers of all skill levels – there’s something for everyone! If you prefer to stay within the Phoenix Metro area, you’re in luck; there happens to be plenty of easy hikes within city limits for those who don’t want to stray too far. Try the Hole in the Rock Trail at Papago Park; it’s less than half a mile long (0.3 miles) and features amazing panoramic views of the whole city! Want more ideas? Check out this list of seven of the best beginner-friendly trails in Arizona. 

What are some of the most scenic hikes in Arizona? 

We’re glad you asked – Arizona is an amazingly scenic state, and one could argue that most of our trails are pretty scenic! Some of the ones famous for their beauty, however, include gems like the West Fork Trail, nestled within Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona. It’s been repeatedly called one of the “top ten most beautiful” hikes in the U.S. by several sources, and we’re inclined to agree. Another super-scenic (and very difficult) hike in Arizona is the world-famous Bright Angel Trail, which is at (and in) the Grand Canyon. It’s long and best left to experienced hikers, but it’s an amazing trail to add to your bucket list. You can always work up to it! Other very scenic hikes in Arizona include the Shoshone Point Trail, also at the Grand Canyon (and rated as easy) and the White Tank Waterfall Trail west of Phoenix is amazing as well (and it’s got a seasonal waterfall).  

Address: Pinnacle Peak Park Main Trail, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Address: Bright Angel Trailhead, 15 Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA
Address: Humphreys Summit Trail, Arizona 86001, USA
Address: Cathedral Rock Trail, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Address: Wildcat Trail, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536, USA
Address: East Wasson Peak Trail, E Wasson Peak Trail, Tucson, AZ 85747, USA
Address: Finger Rock Trail Head, Pontatoc Canyon Trail, Tucson, AZ 85718, USA
Address: Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
Address: Mount Wrightson, Mt Wrightson, Arizona 85624, USA