Hike Smart This Summer with Tips from Arizona State Parks

May 1, 2023

PHOENIX – As the weather warms up, hiking starts to be the go-to weekend activity! With amazing trails in parks across the state, it’s a perfect time to lace up your boots and explore the diversity of landscapes and views. Arizona State Parks has you covered with tips to hike safe and have fun this spring and summer.

  • Did someone say water? Bring more water than you think you’ll need, every time. Pre-hydrate before you head out, starting the night before a hike. Drink throughout the day and always over-prepare. When you’ve finished half of your water supply, it’s time to turn around – no matter where you are on the trail.
  • Plan ahead! Before you hike, check and download any trail maps or guides you might need, or check out our resources at AZStateParks.com/hiking-trails. Take a GPS with you, and make sure your phone is fully charged. If you’re hiking alone, let someone know where you’re going and about how long you’ll be gone. Rangers at our parks will be available to help you pick the trail that’s right for you.
  • Bring sun protection, like a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Consider wearing long, lightweight sleeves to protect you from the sun and help keep your body cool. This will help you enjoy your hike, and enjoy the memories!
  • Did we mention water? Don’t get caught without enough to keep you hydrated throughout your hike – you need water for the return trip, too. Bring salty snacks or electrolyte tablets to help stay alert, too. Bananas, granola, and peanut butter are all great options.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just starting out, Arizona’s state parks have great options for all kinds of ability levels! The best way to hike is to be smart, be prepared, and check in with yourself! Every trail can be your favorite if you have a great time. Check out more tips and safety information at azstateparks.com/hiking-safety.


Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our parks and through our partners.

For information about the more than 30 Arizona state parks and natural areas, trails, Off-Highway Vehicle Program, and the State Historic Preservation Office, call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit azstateparks.com.


PRESS CONTACT: Michelle Thompson at (480) 589-8877 - Email: pio@azstateparks.gov