In central Arizona, Butcher Jones Recreation Site is a place to get your water fix, as well as hiking, picnicking and sunbathing.
The West Fork Trail is one of the most popular and most beautiful trails in the Coconino National Forest. But the crowds thin out after a mile or two — so by backpacking in you leave the masses behind and step into a canyon of wildness and primitivity.
Reach the top of the Cathedral Rock Trail and you'll be surrounded by massive rock walls, spy expansive views of Courthouse Butte and Mingus Mountain — and walk along the edge of a cliff if you are feeling adventurous.
Just east of Phoenix, the rugged Superstition Mountains shoot nearly 6,000 feet into the sky. Here's a look at 20 of our favorite hikes in the famed Supes.