Hit the Trails! It's Hiking Season in Arizona!

October 1, 2023

PHOENIX — Fall weather in southern Arizona means it’s the perfect time to hit the trails and explore the amazing Arizona state parks! Whether you want a serene afternoon stroll or a challenging climb to the peak, these parks have plenty of hiking options.

  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 offers plenty of family-friendly trails, including a connection to the Arizona Trail. 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. (photo by @rambling_raconteur_jack)

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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