If you love to hit the trails and are looking for your next great vista, there are some breath-taking options to consider. You may be tempted to focus on the mountains and states known for their mountain ranges. However, there are other interesting options for you to consider. If you love southern states and want to explore some hiking options in warmer areas, there are some unbelievable hiking spots in Arizona. Whether your goal is to take in some amazing views or to get your blood pumping with a challenge, there is a hike for you in Arizona. Not convinced? Here are some of the best hiking spots in the Grand Canyon State:
The Cathedral Rock formation is well-known in Sedona. If you are in the Sedona area, there is a trail beginning near Oak Creek that will bring you to one of the gaps of Cathedral Rock where you can enjoy magnificent views.
While this is a relatively short hike at one mile, there are certain sections that are very steep. So this is definitely a hike for those looking for adventure and more skilled hikers.
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Watson Lake Trail Loop
If you are planning a visit to Prescott, you have probably already planned to see Watson Lake. If you are in the mood for a hike, you are in luck, as the lake has its own dedicated hiking loop. The hike itself is almost 5 miles and does have a few challenging sections that will bring you to overlook.
However, the challenges are worth the payoff, as the views are spectacular and will give you great vantage points of the lake itself, the islands in the center, and the granite walls surrounding it. This loop is a must-do hike in Prescott.
Bright Angel Trail
Bright Angel Trail provides a unique hike at one of the most incredible natural wonders in the country. This trail takes you from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon down into the canyon itself. If you really want a challenge and have a few days to dedicate to your hike, you can continue this trail all the way to the Colorado River.
You can make this hike as long or short as you want it. But it is challenging and there are big drop-offs on the edges of the trail. So this is not a hike for the faint of heart. If you prefer a tamer hike, there are several other options in the area. Though, Bright Angel Trail offers a stunning experience.
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Seven Falls Trail
If you are looking to combine your hike with a swim, Seven Falls Trail in Tucson is your best pick. There is a mountain stream ending in a waterfall and pool that hikers can enjoy for swimming. The trail itself follows the stream up Bear Canyon.
The hike can vary from five to nine miles, depending on where you begin, and while it is long and does gain some elevation, the hike itself is relatively gentle. Also, if this is a hike you can see yourself enjoying over and over, there are plenty of Tucson apartments for rent nearby.
Avid hikes should take a closer look at Arizona. Especially since there are so many unbelievable hikes and trails to enjoy across the state with some truly amazing views.
Have you been to any of these hiking spots in Arizona? If you have, let me know your thoughts below.
Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says
I have only been to Arizona once and it was a work trip, although I did sneak in a trip to the Grand Canyon with a quick stop in Sedona. It’s a beautiful area. I’ll definitely save this post in the event I go back. I love discovering hiking trails.