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Arizona hiking trails might (should!) be on your bucket list as a hiker, and for good reason.
The best Arizona hiking is a matter of personal preference. What kind of hiking are you longing for?
Feast your eyes on a few of the outdoor opportunities awaiting you in the Southwest.
And those are just the big ticket items!
Whenever I visit an unfamiliar area, I spend weeks reading up on the history, culture, geology, flora and fauna.
This book covers all of that and more for your Arizona hiking trip.
This newly established hiking trail (in planning stages since the 1990's but completed in 2010 or so) meanders through Arizona, sometimes in close proximity to large towns such as Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff, and navigates through several National Forests.
That's almost 800 miles of meandering!
But rest assured, you can tackle the Arizona Trail in sections.
For an overview of your options, consult this map.
The Arizona Trail Association provides this map, along with detailed topographical maps and hours upon hours of reading material for you.
Take notes! And use the trail reports below to build up a sensory database of what the Arizona Trail has to offer you.
The variety of terrain this trail passes through is truly staggering, especially if you're not used to Southwest hiking.
Be sure you know how to handle
These two hiking issues are mentioned frequently in trail reports.
Many people have blazed trails for you in Arizona, both on and off the Arizona Trail. Read this book for some great tips for exploring some gorgeous country.
For recent hiking trip reports, use this Arizona Trailblazers site.
Or use the Hike Arizona site.
Or this blog!
Lots of great info to choose from so you can plan the perfect Arizona hike may seem like an embarrassment of riches, but the more details you can ferret out, the safer you'll be in unfamiliar terrain.
If you'd prefer to have someone else plan your hiking trip, use the expertise of Southwest Discoveries.
And don't forget to post photos and a description of your favorite hike right here on this website, for all of us to drool over!
The Arizona Wilderness Coalition provides a detailed page on its women working to improve the state's hiking opportunities, as well as in other states.
Here's a shout out to those virtual trail buddies, and a sincere thanks for keeping things wild.
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