The Maze Rock Art Trail Is A Petroglyph Site That’s Filled With Ancient Mysteries
Ancient rock art sites are hiding all over Arizona, but this one is among the least-known (and most well-preserved) of all. Deep within the vast desert landscape of Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, you’ll find the Maze Rock Art Site and the Maze Trail, a 1.4-mile hike that leads to a sandstone slab riddled with ancient petroglyphs. Created by the Anasazi people up to 700 years ago, one of these pictures resembles a labyrinth whose twists and turns would render it impossible to escape from. Nobody knows for sure what the mysterious drawing is supposed to represent, but it sure is fascinating to behold.
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What are some of the best hiking trails in Arizona?
If you enjoy a hot desert hike with interesting rock formations, cool canyons, and surprising flowering cacti, Arizona hiking is for you. Here are some of the best hiking trails in Arizona to explore:
- Devil's Bridge Trail, Sedona, AZ: If you enjoy amazing natural bridges, this trail in the Coconino National Forest has a spectacular one. The Devil's Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in Sedona. It is six feet wide and 50 feet long.
- Cathedral Rock Trail, Sedona, AZ: Another iconic rock formation in the same area is Cathedral Rock. It is a short trail but can be a bit strenuous. The reward, however, is well worth the effort.
- Echo Canyon Trail, Phoenix, AZ: Hiking the Camelback Mountain is a sight to behold as the sun sets against the jagged rock. And the aptly named Paradise Valley is a popular scenic spot to enjoy Phoenix from a whole new perspective. The trail itself is about two and a half miles and is a fairly easy hike - even if the Arizona sun can make any hike a bit more challenging.
- Horseshoe Bend Trail, Page, AZ: This is another iconic trail and scenic area in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The Colorado River bends around a towering rock formation in a deep valley carved from the earth millions of years ago. The hike is easy but the rewards are huge - a win-win.
We have plenty more Arizona hiking trails where this came from. Check out our ultimate guide to hiking in Arizona for more information about these trails and many more before you hit the trails.