My Favorite Hikes in AZ

At this point, I think everyone knows that I am a lover of nature. I think this has always been an evident quality of mine, but I actually have to thank my good friend Mia Pique for really bringing out this part of me back in 2015. She forced me to join hiking club my freshman year of college, and after my first adventure with that club, I can truly say my love for hiking was born. Thus, I have decided to make this blog post with my absolute favorite hikes in Arizona. Feel free to leave comments of your favorite as well!

The first photo you saw above is the AZ Hot Springs. They are actually located along the Colorado River and South of the Hoover Dam. Essentially, the whole hike is tucked away inside a colorful, long slot canyon. After quite a difficult yet beautiful trip, you can find the hot springs and a camp ground. There you’ll also have a gorgeous view of the Colorado River, a beautiful and small cave, complete with a sketchy yet pretty ladder (see above) to enjoy a nice long soak as a reward for finishing the 5 hour/6 mile hike.

Next up we have the Hart Prairie/Inner Basin Trail. If you love beautiful yellow aspens, you are in for a treat. The actual Hart Prairie hike is about 14.6 miles, but you can drive most of it if you’re not up for that type of hiking and enjoy the pretty views as well. As for the Inner Basin trail, it actually starts off at Locket Meadow. It’s only about 3.2 miles long, and it also has gorgeous yellow trees for you to enjoy in the peak season.

One of my all time favorite hikes is Fossil Creek. I actually got an opportunity though Mia (my bff I mentioned above) to film for the Travel Channel show, “Top Secret Swimming Holes”, at Fossil Creek. If you ever want the link to the episode, message me. As you can see, Fossil Creek does not look like it would ever be located in AZ. Gorgeous waterfalls everywhere, and only a 3 mile hike. If you want to challenge yourself, there is also an 8 mile version of the hike you could do.

Last but not least, we have Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. These are located basically 5 minutes away from each-other in Page, AZ. For Antelope Canyon, you actually have to pay a fee to enter the 0.6 mile trailhead. It is one of the most beautiful, scenic and popular trails in the southwest. As for Horseshoe Bend, you actually just have to take a 3/4 mile (1.21 km) hike up and then down a hill to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook though a somewhat rocky and sandy trail. 

As always, thank you for reading! Don’t forget to comment your favorite hikes or remind me if I missed any good ones!

-Giulia

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