Stay Safe This Summer with Hiking Tips from Arizona State Parks

May 6, 2024

PHOENIX – Warmer weather means extra outdoor precautions, whether you’re an Arizona native or visiting from out of state. Arizona State Parks and Trails can help you prepare before hitting the trails.

Whether you’re tackling a bucket list hike like Picacho Peak’s Hunter Trail or taking a stroll around the lagoons at Dead Horse Ranch, there are ways to prepare to make the hike more enjoyable! Here are the top ways to ensure your outdoor adventure doesn’t ruin your week.

  • Bring more water than you think you’ll need, every time – even for flat, cooler-weather hikes. Pre-hydrate before you head out, starting the night before. 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 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 – even on cloudy days. 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.

Arizona’s state parks have great options for all kinds of ability levels, no matter the adventure you're seeking. 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

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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


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