Where to Hike in Arizona

Arizona boasts many different climates and types of terrain. One can hike through saguaro and ocotillo in the Sonora Desert in the morning, and step through lush ferns beneath towering Ponderosa pines above the Mogollon Rim the same afternoon. It’s a state you need never grow tired of.

We’ve provided links to some great Arizona hiking resources, as well as a list of guide books that can help you find your way through the Grand Canyon state.

Resources

HikeArizona.COM
The most amazing resource for trail info in Arizona. Hundreds of hikers post their trip notes. Check it out!

Arizona Outdoor Travel Club
AOTC is a Phoenix-based, non-profit Arizona hiking club that also organizes Phoenix biking, camping in Arizona, and 4X4 off-road trips. The club membership is open to all adults, single or married. Both family and individual memberships allow dependent children to participate in many of the activities.

Grand Canyon National Park Day Hikes
Detailed site for day hikers on the North or South rim.

2AZ.us: Arizona Hiking Trails
Descriptions and maps for trails around Arizona, plus a separate section on urban trails in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Arizona Hiking Trails
Over 80 trails with difficulties ranging from Easy to Extreme. Lots of good info.

Canine Hiking Club of Arizona
What a fun group! This very active club stages hikes which range in difficulty for humans and their dogs. Their online calendar of events is always up to date, and they maintain a Yahoo! message board, too.

Grand Canyon Tour Company
This Las Vegas-based touring company provides guided hiking tours to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, and to Red Rock Canyon in Nevada.

Arizona Outback Adventures
Hiking and mountain biking tours guided by company with over a decade of experience. Outings range from 2-hour bike rentals to week-long vacations to destinations like the Grand Canyon, Havasupai, and the Sonoran Desert. They specialize in Arizona.

Arizona Paths 
Arizona Paths is the most complete all about Arizona site, with tourist and tourism information, statistics, weather and climate, maps, business directory listings, and history and culture.

Books

1560449241-01-mzzzzzzzBest Easy Day Hikes Phoenix
by Stewart M. Green
This book is not only valuable, it’s small enough to fit nicely in any fanny pack. Lots of great hikes in the Phoenix area.

 

 

0898866510-01-mzzzzzzz100 Classic Hikes in Arizona (100 Classic Hikes)
by Scott S. Warren
Offers detailed entries for 100 Hikes across Arizona. Includes day hikes, as well as trails for backpackers.

 

 

0871565978-01-mzzzzzzzArizona Day Hikes: A Guide to the Best Trails from Tucson to the Grand Canyon
by Dave Ganci
It’s like two books in one: A trail guide to more than 100 of Arizona’s best day hikes, plus an informative guide to Arizona’s natural history and varied landscape.

 

 

0871088657-01-mzzzzzzzArizona Hiking: Urban Trails, Easy Paths and Overnight Treks
by Arizona Highways, Manufactured by Arizona Highways
Describes hikes in five categories: urban backyard hikes; family hikes that range from easy to moderate; tougher day hikes that range from moderate to advanced; Grand Canyon hikes ranging from easy to advanced; and overnight hikes.

Each description gives specific driving directions, elevations, recommended maps, safety suggestions, and official contacts for details on fees, regulations, etc.

 

0871088657-01-mzzzzzzzTucson Hiking Guide (2nd Edition)
by Betty Leavengood
Provides plenty of detail on 34 hikes. Each has a profile, directions to the trail head, topo maps, changes in elevation, level of difficulty, and photos. The author also provides historical background on the hikes and the area through which they pass. Excellent!

 

096647693x-01-mzzzzzzzFavorite Hikes: Flagstaff & Sedona
by Cosmic Ray
Best of the best Flagstaff and Sedona Arizona day hikes. Down to earth maps. Heaps of trail nuggets. Summer and winter hiking trails. Selected Sedona vortex hikes. Includes guide for the Lava River Cave!

 

 

1560445661-01-mzzzzzzzHiking Grand Canyon National Park
by Ron Adkison
Here is the definitive guide to the wide range of hiking opportunities in world-famous Grand Canyon National Park. Includes hikes on the South and North Rims. Additional sections on canyon geology, vegetation, and human history help visitors get the most from their trip.

 

 

Grand Canyon Trail Map
by Kent Schulte
Detailed topographic and trail map of 308,000 acres in central Grand Canyon. 1:40,000 scale covers 8 USGS quads. 291 miles of trails shown with trail ratings, descriptions and statistics. Most complete and accurate map of the area. Includes contours, shaded relief, UTM grid, hydrography with springs and drinking water, backcountry use zones for permit planning, and other trip information. Printed on waterproof, tear-tough paper.