You'll Want To Spend The Entire Day At The Gorgeous Natural Pool On Arizona's Parsons Trail
Hikers understand that the destination is not always the biggest reward for their efforts. There’s also enjoyment in the journey. The Parsons Trail in Arizona provides both. The natural pool that emerges after a moderate four-mile trek makes the trip even more worthwhile, especially in the heat of the summer. What’s called Parson (without the “s” on the end) Springs, according to the U.S. Forest Service website, is a classic swimming hole. Yet the view is incentive enough to go there, even without necessarily getting wet.
The hike along the Parsons Trail is easy enough that the bigger challenge to some visitors may be reaching the trailhead. The final phase is on an unpaved road; a high-clearance vehicle is recommended. The trailhead is 33 miles south of Sedona or 10 miles north of Clarkdale on FR 131, the Sycamore Canyon Road. For more information about the trail, see the U.S. Forest Service website.
Have you ever hiked Parsons Trail? If so, we’d love to hear all about your experience in the comments section below. Don’t forget to check out our previous article for more natural pools in Arizona worth making a splash in!