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Admire Natural Wonders Along Fun Trails In Arizona
Outdoor lovers can explore hundreds of trails in Arizona. Hike the Grand Canyon to enjoy panoramic views or take advantage of trails at other national parks, monuments and recreation areas. The Arizona National Scenic Trail winds 800 miles across the state from Mexico to Utah. You’ll also find trails close to cities offering picturesque views from overlooks. South Mountain Park in Phoenix boasts 51 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. For visitors short on time, hikes to Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak offer amazing views of the valley. Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area has 16 miles of hiking trails perfect for bird watching. McDowell Mountain Regional Park and Papago Park are favorites with mountain bikers.
At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in western Arizona you can hike to landmarks like Horseshoe Bend and Waheap Overlook. Nordic Village, near Flagstaff, provides miles of trails ideal for cross-country skiing. The Sedona area features numerous hiking trails with views of red rock formations. Backcountry areas lead to more off-the-beaten path wonders. For canyoneering fans, the Mogollon Rim offers fun slot canyons, and Punchbowl Canyon in the Superstition Mountain delivers climbing challenges with views.
Many wonderful natural formations often appear hidden from view. Antelope Canyon, located east of Page, remains one of the more popular northern Arizona attractions for photographers and nature-lovers. This beautiful quarter-mile-long canyon was created from wind and water, over thousands of years. A young Navajo girl first discovered this magnificent canyon in 1931.
The canyon reaches a depth of 130 feet and is accessible by hiking along a three-and-a-half mile wash. Photographers love to capture the colors from the sunlight gleaming into this incredible, natural canyon. Since Antelope Canyon is on the Navajo Reservation, visitors wanting to see it, must travel with a licensed tour guide. Stay close to the canyon and beautiful Lake Powell on your next trek through northern AZ.
Wind along the Apache Trail, near Apache Junction, Arizona and admire the amazing views of the Superstition Mountains and Tonto National Forest. As you hike along this 6.8 mile trail, you'll pass by Lost Dutchman State Park, Canyon Lake and Apache Lake before ending at Lake Roosevelt.
The Trail was finished in 1905 along with the completion of the Roosevelt Dam. Enjoy easy access to the trail near the Superstition Mountain Museum, the Goldfield Ghost Town, Superstition Springs Mall and a variety of restaurants. Enjoy your time in Central Arizona.