If you are planning an Arizona vacation package, make sure you go beyond the Grand Canyons. Arizona is arid and filled with diverse terrains best for hiking. Every mountain and landscape is unique in its features. The topography of the state is so uneven, which makes it stand apart. It has something to offer for every kind of traveler. Adventure seekers will get to have some excellent backpack adventures here.
Not all hikes in Arizona will be the same. Some will be easy and less tiring. Some will exhaust you but make you agile. Whatever it is, when it comes to hiking, arid Arizona will be present. The heights will haunt you but when you reach the top, the view will forever remind you of your determination.
Some of the bucket-list hiking adventures can be experienced in the below-mentioned destinations. Carry water, wear a comfortable backpack and shoes, and there you go!
1. Hike to Devil’s Bridge:
Sedona in Arizona has many red rock plateaus, among which the Devil’s Bridge is most famous. There is nothing devilish in this region, but many barriers to cross and reach the Devil’s Bridge. Perhaps, it is these barriers that are risky and evil. Boulders and steep slopes will welcome you with glee; make sure not to let them crack your nerves! It is relatively a short hike so it can be undertaken by all family members. Proceed with care and the hike will take you at last to the tip. Make sure you click your picture at the top!
Bonus: Dogs are allowed too, provided they are on a leash!
2. Hike to Antelope Canyon:
Antelope Canyon is not new to you. It exists as wallpaper in every Windows personal computer. This canyon is revered for hiking, thanks to social media. Vacation packages advise booking your hiking trip well in advance. Avoid planning a hike here during summer as it will be crowded too much.
The location is divided into two: Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. The former offers perfect light play and sunbeams. It is brilliant for photography. But your travel guide will make it fast so be quick to click! The Lower Antelope Canyon is more exciting and its structure is even. However, an unfortunate flood killed tourists long back. Since then, officials have taken extensive measures such as metal ladders, nets, and an emergency siren.
3. Hike to Cathedral Rock:
Sedona’s other famous hiking point is Cathedral Rock. The sandstone formations here are amazing. Your hike can be started from Back O'Beyond Road or Templeton. Brace yourselves for the best views not just at the end but all the way through. Since you will have to climb in some spots, please get the best and comfortable shoes. It is strenuous but the top will be worth it. Make sure you reach the end by sunset to see the most scenic landscape of Arizona. If you love biking, then Cathedral rock is a good option.
4. Hike to Navajo Falls:
A hike to Navajo Falls will be quite different from the rest because of its serene and dramatic cascade. The rejuvenating stream of water is a boon in a place as arid as Arizona.
This waterfall came to life very recently, i.e. in 2008. The flash floods changed the course of the canyon drastically but resulted in a natural setting. The falls and the nearby vicinity are still fragile. The cascades tempt tourists to have a refreshing jump into it but it is strictly prohibited according to the Havasupai rules. But the view will be mesmerizing ever and the hike will be a rewarding experience.
5. Hike to Pinnacle Peak:
Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale is a systematic hiking point with regulations as high as the peak itself. But it elevates your excitement and energy throughout. Vacation packages offer this destination for family hiking trips. There are volunteers throughout who check for the maintenance of the Leave no trace etiquette. Similarly, photography is strictly not allowed; sometimes volunteers catch tourists who attempt to conduct photo-shoots. There are signboards and washroom facilities for hikers. It is a short hike but exciting right from start to finish!
6. Hike to Robbers Roost:
One of Arizona’s low-key spots is the Robbers Roost. It offers a good hiking adventure but is less explored. Hence you may be the only one hiking at a time. No one knows why this spot has not come to limelight though it is located in Sedona.
Its name intrigues people, and yes, there is an open-ended cave like a cocoon on the top. It is like a balcony view of an apartment that offers a vast view of Sedona. A perfect hiking location all year round but make sure you do not take the trail during rains.
7. Hike to Brown’s Peak:
Brown’s Peak in Tortilla Flat is recommended only for expert hikers. It offers a triathlon adventure: hikers will have to first cross-forest, arid desert, and snow-covered shrubs. That is not all; the final level is the chute which is the riskiest part. It is so steep and dangerous that expert hikers should not take it easy. You need to be sure of where you rest your feet before taking the next step.
8. Hike to Seven Falls:
Tucson city in Arizona offers the best location for moderate level hiking in Seven Falls. The Sabino Canyon recreation center nearby offers some basic amenities such as the washroom and refilling your water bottles. The view from the waterfalls is beautiful. The typically bearable climate makes it a comparatively easy hike. You can get on the tram if you want to get to the waterfall soon. Swimming is allowed so get your swimwear and extra footwear in case you want to take a dip. The best time for a hike here is winter and early spring.