Arizona Highways Names
Arizona’s 10 Most Scenic Hikes

Arizona Highways, the award-winning travel magazine with stunning photography, has named the 10 most scenic hikes in Arizona. 

In its May 2006 issue, Arizona Highways entices both residents and visitors to spend their days amidst the very scenery the magazine has made famous for more than 80 years.

With four Arizona hiking guides under her belt, Arizona Highways’ editor Christine Maxa reviews her many adventures and shares the trails that linger in her mind’s eye and keep her coming back.

The following trails have been named Arizona’s10 Most Scenic Hikes:

Nankoweap Trail  - A difficult hike, this Grand Canyon North Rim trail in the Saddle Mountain Wilderness reveals panoramas of some of the local geological wonders: Marble Canyon, Kaiparowits Plateau and dome-shaped Navajo Mountain. The grand finale comes at a sweeping overlook of the Grand Canyon at mile two.

Havasu Trail  - This moderate hike is the Northern Arizona Supai Nation's world-renowned trail in western Grand Canyon.  It winds around to Havasu Creek and its blue-green water cascade down red-walled cliffs at Havasu and Mooney Falls.

Kachina Trail  - Another moderate hike located in Flagstaff, this trail is especially popular in autumn for the Aspen tree’s gold leaves and shows off the many facets of Flagstaff’s famed Humphrey’s Peak without the threat of altitude sickness that can occur when climbing the same mountain’s summit trail. 

West Fork Trail - The Sedona area’s most popular hike offers an easy trail along the West Fork of Oak Creek that threads through orange and cream-colored sandstone cliffs, earning it a reputation as one of the most beautiful walks in the Southwest. 

Kofa Queen Road – This easy hike located in the Southwest corner of Arizona passes under imposing cliffs filled with needle-sharp spires, arches and small clefts. It rests finally deep in a canyon and settles around a curious monolith.

Boulder Canyon Trail – This moderate trail located at the edge of Greater Phoenix, northeast of Apache Junction showcases the striking scenes of the Weaver's Needle and other stunning volcanic formations familiar in the western Superstition Mountains.

Aravaipa Canyon – Southeastern Arizona offers this easy but adventurous hike combining the best of the desert and the Aravaipa Creek in one of the most biologically diverse environments in the state.

Romero Trail – The Santa Catalina Mountains, just outside of Tucson, is a difficult but scenically  rewarding trail for avid hikers.  The path climbs from the desert floor at the edge of Tucson up to isolated Romero Pass in the pine-covered high country ending three miles in with of string of clear water pools.

Echo Canyon Loop - The Echo Canyon Loop near Wilcox, Arizona is a moderate hike through the monument's trademark scenery of light-colored lava ash welded into fantastic shapes. It manages to be both interesting and peaceful.

West Baldy Trail – Just west of the New Mexico border outside of Springerville, Arizona West Baldy’s steep slopes start along the West Fork of the Little Colorado River then enter a fresh evergreen forest and ends at the rocky top where the harsh elements shape the landscape. The very top of this peak remains off limits since it is a sacred spot to the White Mountain Apache Indians.

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Arizona Highways magazine’s award-winning photography and travel journalism and its steadfast commitment to discovering the state’s treasures has brought the beauty and splendor of Arizona to visitors and natives alike for more than 80 years.  Helping to drive tourism to and through the state, Arizona Highways has subscribers in all 50 states and more than 150 countries.   

PHOENIX, AZ – Feb.15, 2006 - Arizona Highways Magazine

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