Arizona’s Most Refreshing Hike Will Lead You Straight To A Beautiful Swimming Hole

It’s no secret that Arizona summers can be absolutely brutal. The only way to avoid being pent up indoors all season long is to find the best places to cool off, and this stunning swimming hole is one such spot. The next time you’re in the Mogollon Rim area, consider devoting a day to hiking the Bell Trail to a pristine tropical oasis that is the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy by the water after diving in to cool off!

Though officially rated as moderately difficult, we consider this trail fairly easy compared to others in the area. The Bell Trail is dog-friendly (on leash) and is open year-round. For more information, visit the Forest Service website here.

To reach the Bell Trail from Flagstaff, head south on Interstate 17 for 40 miles to the AZ-179 interchange. Turn east beneath the highway and continue driving for 1.5 miles to the old Beaver Creek Ranger Station turnoff. From here, continue north for just 0.25 miles and you’ll arrive at the parking area and trailhead.

GPS Coordinates: 34°40’26.0″N, 111°42’50.0″W

Have you ever hiked Bell Trail? Are there any other Arizona hikes that lead to breathtaking swimming holes? If so, let us know your favorites! Here’s one of ours: This 2.5-Mile Hike In Arizona Leads To The Dreamiest Swimming Hole.