New Year, New You! Arizona's Best Hiking Trails

Arizona’s best hiking trails for you to enjoy!

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It’s tempting to write down a long list of New Year’s resolutions, but it’s easy to lose track of your goals without a sound mind. A healthy body helps keep you sharp, and will positively influence everything you do. A good workout is the best way to achieve your health goals. To stay committed to exercising regularly, pick a fun workout activity like hiking. Arizona has an abundance of hiking trails fit for beginners and veteran hikers alike. Here’s a list of Arizona’s best hiking trails for you to enjoy!

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Papago Park

Papago Park is located between Phoenix and Tempe, known for its Hole in the Rock trail. It’s an easy walk or hike, and bikers can enjoy the area too. The park also features several ponds, the Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo.

It’s a great place to be one with nature, and you wouldn’t think this little oasis is right within the city! Visit the City of Phoenix’s page on Papago Park for more information and hiking safety tips!

Phoenix Mountain Reserve

The mountain reserve has several trailheads around Piestewa Peak to choose from, so you can easily pick a trail that suits your capacity. Some trails may be challenging, but makes a good cardio workout. While the trail is fairly busy, it features some great views you wouldn’t want to miss! Click here for the trail map and more information. (photo credit: Wikipedia)

Phoenix Sonoran Preserve

From the Apache Wash Trailhead inside the Preserve, there are several trails that you can take. Some trails are paved and easy enough to navigate, and some can be a bit rocky and challenging.

The best time to hike in this area would be mid-March to late April, when the desert flowers are in full bloom. The trails are also dog-friendly!

Madera Canyon

Along the Josephine Saddle Madera Canyon Trail are wildflowers and huge trees that provide shade from the intense Arizona sun. There are lots of birds in the area, so take out those binoculars!

Visit Friends of Madera Canyon’s website for more information.

Saguaro National Park

The Signal Hill trail in Saguaro National Park is famous for its petroglyphs. This piece of history is accessible with a short hike. The trail is littered with desert plants, and is perfect for beginner hikers, including children!

Check out the National Park Service website for more information about Saguaro.

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Have a great new year!


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