Hiking is Back! Try These Great Sonoran Desert Parks

September 26, 2022

PHOENIX — The weather is cooling down, making it the perfect time to hike in the Sonoran Desert. Arizona State Parks and Trails has four stunning October destinations to get you outdoors and in the fresh air!

Check out these four amazing hiking destinations this fall and explore miles of trails. These parks offer wildlife viewing, magnificent views, diverse plant life, and trails that are challenging or meandering – whatever your speed!

  1. Lost Dutchman State Park: Sitting right at the base of the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, this park links up to several varying trails on US Forest Service property. There are accessible trails like Native Plant, moderate trails like Treasure Loop or Prospector’s View, and even trails for advanced hikers such as Siphon Draw and Flatiron.
  2. Picacho Peak State Park: This park’s namesake comes from the distinctive peak along Interstate 10 between Tucson and Phoenix. Daring hikers can brave Hunter Trail, taking them to the top of the peak for spectacular views. Four other trails varying in difficulty showcase the landscape that makes this part of the world so special.
  3. Catalina State Park: Tucson residents know that this park is the best destination for day-hikes around! You can hike, take a horseback ride, or bicycle on the trails, surrounded by the towering Santa Catalina Mountains. There are eight trails at the park, varying in length and difficulty, but all with amazing views. Leashed dogs are welcome on all trails.
  4. Oracle State Park: This is truly a hiker’s dream, with 24 miles of trails to explore. Oracle is just north of Tucson, and lies at a higher elevation, bringing cooler temperatures earlier in the season. This 5,000-acre wildlife refuge and environmental education park offers sprawling views, diverse and plentiful wildlife, and birds galore. You won’t want to miss this.

Enjoy Arizona during the best time of the year! After you hit the trail, set up camp at one of the 15 camping parks across the state, or explore one of the historic parks to learn even more.

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