When people picture Arizona, they may envision tumbleweeds rolling down an old dirt road in the vast desert. And, while that certainly exists – there is far more to Arizona landscape than that, including breathtaking mountains with a variety of hiking trails to take in the Sonoran Desert. For the majority of the year, Arizona weather is optimal for outdoor activities such as hiking and there are many different hiking trailheads perfectly suited to people of all ages, abilities, and hiking experience levels. HolidayRental.com’s properties are conveniently located near (or even with direct access to) some of the best hiking in AZ so that you can conveniently enjoy a hike with a friend, your family, or as a teambuilding experience.
Best Hiking in AZ for All Experience Levels
- Camelback Mountain
- Camelback Mountain is one of the most famous hiking destinations in Arizona. With two trailheads, Echo Canyon and Cholla, Camelback Mountain can be experienced from different vantages and can accommodate different hiking abilities. Hiking Camelback Mountain is challenging no matter which trailhead you choose, depending on the type of hiking experience you want but the views from the top make it all worth it – it is truly stunning!
- Piestewa Peak
- This hike is considered steep (2,600-foot elevation) and can be challenging but hikers of all types enjoy this hiking destination that boasts outstanding views of the Valley of the Sun. This trailhead has been around for nearly a century and is a popular hiking destination for locals and visitors alike.
- McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
- The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is not one hiking destination but rather a collection of trailheads for hiking, biking, and horse riding that span the beautiful McDowell Mountains and surrounding desert. There are multiple trails for every ability type and age including Lost Dog Wash, Gateway Loop, Tom’s Thumb, and more!
- Pinnacle Peak
- Pinnacle Peak is an easy/moderate trail that is kid-friendly and manageable for many ability levels. Located in North Scottsdale, this hike immerses you in the local desert landscape and provides stunning valley views. Feeling adventurous or looking to make this hike a bit more challenging? Rock climbing is available at Pinnacle Peak!
Tips for Hiking in Arizona
Many of these trailheads are great for beginners and kids but regardless of the hiking difficulty level you choose, there are some important tips all hikers should follow to make their experience fun and safe.
- Never hike alone – its more safe (and fun!) with a friend.
- Always bring plenty of water – even in cool weather, your body can become dehydrated.
- Bring sunscreen and light layers – the sun is strong and only gets stronger the higher you climb. Keep your skin safe with sunscreen and light layers like a hat and an extra shirt or lightweight jacket.
- Bring snacks or meals – depending on how long you plan to be out, your body will be working hard, so keep it fueled so you feel your best throughout your hike and after.