Hiking and Camping in AZ

Looking for some great places to hike or camp in Arizona?  Take a look at these places!

(Troop 747 "tested & approved"):

Beaver Creek Campground: Easy access to this campground from I-17 near Camp Verde.  Excellent area for fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing.  Within hiking distance of the V-Bar-V Heritage Site, the largest known site of petroglyphs in the Verde Valley. photos

Bismarck Lake Trail: Very easy hike near Flagstaff. There are plenty of undesignated camping areas nearby too. For an added bonus, head on over to the Lava River Cave for a day hike (see below). 

Humphreys Peak Trail:  We have had a select few Scouts and leaders make it to the top of Arizona's highest point (12,637 ft elevation).  This is an extremely strenuous hike due to high elevation and the possibility of severe weather on the peak.  Do your research before attempting this hike!  Hikearizona.com's review and description of this trail can be found here.

Kendrick Peak Hike: This is a more strenuous trail that some of our older boys have enjoyed over the years.  Hikearizona.com's review and description of this trail can be found here.

Lava River Cave (a.k.a. Lava Tube): Located near Flagstaff, this mile-long lava tube is cool all year round (avg temp 35º-45º F). Make sure to bring good hiking shoes, warm clothes, and plenty of light for this hike. 

Mt. Elden Trail: Located in the city of Flagstaff, the Mt. Elden trailhead is right across the street from the Flagstaff Mall.  It's a strenuous 2.5 mile hike involving lots of steps and switchbacks.  There is more than a 2,000 foot elevation change from the trailhead to the summit.  Great training hike for Mt. Humphreys.

Picacho Peak: With easy access to the park from I-10, and a variety of trails, this is a great area for new hikers and experienced ones alike. The Hunter Trail is a very technical climb involving metal cables at some points (bring work gloves). Great views of the surrounding valley from the summit too. photos

Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area: This area is still in development, but there is already some well established riparian habitat to explore. There are four trailheads located in the South Phoenix area. photos

South Mountain Regional Park: With easy access from Phoenix, this is the country's largest municipal park. Plenty of hiking trails to choose from. Our favorite is the Hidden Valley trail.  Recommended for winter months.

Superstition Wilderness: We have only just begun exploring this area of 200+ miles of hiking trails. Our favorite trails so far have been the Dutchman's Trail and the Peralta Trail. This is a rugged wilderness area - plan accordingly. If you're looking for a good group campsite in the area, check out Lost Dutchman State Park

White Tanks Regional Park: For some desert camping and hiking close to the Phoenix area, try this one out. Lots of variety in trails, great group campsites and facilities. Recommended for winter months. photos