The 4 Best Hikes in Arizona

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Mar 03

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”  –John Muir

Hiking is an amazing way to get outside and get some quality exercise, while also offering a wealth of overall health benefits.

Hiking delivers almost instant rewards whether you’re looking to lower stress, clear your head or lose weight.  Arizona is a mecca of hiking and exploring of all types boasting some of the most incredible hikes in the United States.

We love taking advantage of this beautiful weather to get some fresh air and explore the many great hikes that Arizona has to offer.  There really is something for everyone.   It’s time to turn off that TV and lace up those hiking shoes.

We’ve rounded up 4 of the best hikes in Arizona for you here!

Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain is one of the best hikes in Arizona that doesn’t mess around.  The climb to the top gains 1,264 feet in just 1.2 miles.  We suggest giving yourself about 2 hours for this hike round trip and starting out early morning or an hour before sunset to avoid the heat of the day.  Keep in mind that this hike is definitely not for beginner hikers, so start slowly and don’t push yourself too hard the first time you start.

Havasu Falls

You may have seen photos of those gorgeous turquoise waterfalls in the Grand Canyon that totally look like they’ve been photoshopped.  When you head out for this hike, you will see that these waterfalls do in fact exist and are just as stunning as you see in the pictures.  Starting from the trailhead, it’s an 8 mile hike into the small village of Supai and then another 2 miles to the campground.   We suggest staying at least 2 nights to have time to explore all of the falls there.  Beaver Falls is about 4 miles downstream from the campground and takes approximately half a day to get there and back.

Mount Humphrey’s

Mount Humphrey is the tallest mountain in the state starting at the Arizona Snowbowl Skiing area and gaining 3,300 feet over the entire 5 miles up to the 12,633 foot peak.  Mount Humphrey’s trail takes around 6 hours to complete and on a clear day you will be able to see all the way out to the north rim of the Grand Canyon!  We love going in the fall when the trees are changing color.

West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon

Head a few miles out from downtown Sedona to hike the beautiful Oak Creek Canyon.  Be sure to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet as you will have to wade through some pools.  There really is nothing like the beauty of the red rocks!

So get off the couch and onto the trail and check out some of the best hikes in Arizona.  Before you hit the trail, take a few minutes to do some warm-up stretches to prevent injury—try these five!

For tips to help you prepare for your next hike, contact us today!




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