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Windgate Pass Hiking Trail

★★★★☆ Moderate / Scottsdale With its long views, and great mix of moderate & easy sections, the Windgate Pass Hiking Trail is anything but boring! Kicking of from busy Gateway Trailhead in north Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, this trail first climbs to gorgeous Inspiration Point. Here there are excellent views over the city. The trail…

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Ballantine Hiking Trail to Boulder Flat

★★★☆☆ Moderate / North of Fountain Hills Huge, upright boulders and a “sometimes” stream grace this NE Phoenix trail. The Ballantine Hiking Trail kicks off just north of Fountain Hills, alongside busy Beeline Highway. As the trail curves away from the road, the sight and sound of traffic disappears. In their place is surprising tranquility…

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Ultimate Guide to Havasupai Falls Permits and Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls Spectacular, 100′ high Havasu Falls is a bucket-list worthy destination! Its icy, turquoise blue waters thunder through a remote dessert canyon. Here, big horn sheep graze beside a spring-fed creek. And endless cascades form a magical oasis. A stunning contrast to the soaring canyon walls around them. This hidden land has been the sacred home…

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Havasu Falls Hiking Trail

★★★★★ Difficult / North of Seligman Turquoise blue water and a thundering 100′ waterfall make Havasu Falls one of Arizona’s most spectacular places. Winding through a remote desert canyon, the Havasu Falls Hiking Trail descends into a magical land – almost surreal in its beauty. Deep in the canyon, a treelined, icy blue creek, and roaring falls,…

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Black Mountain Hiking Trail

★★★★☆ Difficult / Cave Creek This short, steep hike ascends a craggy slate trail & pays off with epic north valley views! Tucked behind Cave Creek’s western-style town, the Black Mountain Hiking Trail is one of the valley’s best butt-kicking hikes. This trail gets less crowds than central Phoenix’s Piestewa or Echo Canyon hiking trails. But is…

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Mescal Hiking Trail

★★★☆☆ Easy / Sedona Skimming the base of a tall, horseshoe shaped butte, the Mescal Hiking Trail serves up choice Sedona views. Look closely and you might catch a glimpse of ancient Native American life in the pockmarked cliffs.

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Watson Lake Loop Trails

★★★★☆ Mostly Easy / Prescott  Explore rolling Granite Dells, hidden coves and a waterfall on this stunning loop hike. The Watson Lake Loop Trails circle Prescott’s largest lake on a series of mile-long sections. Each portion surprises with a totally unique character.

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Strawberry Crater Hiking Trail Loop

★★★★☆ Moderate  / Flagstaff Area: Black “sand” and killer views of the Painted Desert rock this exotic hike. Looping around an ancient volcanic cinder cone, the little-known but highly recommended Strawberry Hiking Trail crosses hills of granular black lava, frozen volcanic formations and stunning fields of flowers tucked in between.

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Water Wheel Hiking Trail to Ellison Falls

★★★★★ Easy / Payson  This short hike, along the banks of two rivers, ends at a crisp, clear swimming hole. The Water Wheel Hiking Trail hopscotches two rivers on a rustic path. Along the way it passes dramatic waterfalls and deep gorges. The hike ends at a gushing cascade, that pours icy water into a deep natural…

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