Arizona, a popular backpacking and hiking destination known for its desert terrain and deep canyons, is located in the southwestern U.S.
Arizona borders New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California, Colorado and Mexico. While southern Arizona is known for its desert climate, northern Arizona boasts lush forests, the Colorado Plateau, deep canyons, and mountain ranges including the volcanic San Francisco Peaks.
Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, which was carved by the Colorado River and is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips in Arizona.
Spend anywhere from a few memorable hours to a few remarkable days circumnavigating one of these ten lakes.
Combine the best of car camping (spacious tents, comfy chairs, frosty margaritas!) and the best of backpacking (deep solitude, outrageous scenery, swimming holes!) with these 17 accessible hideaways.
Catch the best of the early season show on these nine routes curated exclusively for Basecamp members.
Follow the trail of 19th-century robbers in Arizona.
It looks like Mars, but this scenery is all Earth.
You don't always need to go far to go big. Case in point: these stunning hikes, all within a day trip of a major metropolitan area.
The Ironwood Forest is a true redemption story. Home to arroyos, plains, foothills, and mountains, the monument’s coarse and well-aerated soil allows roots to dig deep.
These 9 difficult hikes will challenge even the toughest backpackers.
The new state park lodging options have special intro rates through October.