7 Incredible Backpacking Trips in Arizona

Explore the best of Arizona's wilderness.

If you've ever thought the desert wasn't really an ideal venue for a backpacking trip, you’ve definitely never explored the backcountry in Arizona. From two of the most famous backpacking trips in the US - the Grand Canyon’s Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim and Havasu Falls - to more remote and lesser-known destinations, Arizona is full of amazing places to spend a night or two in the wild. Some of these trails will take severals days and a lot of grit to complete, while others are perfect for beginners. Either way, planning your next backpacking trip to any of these Arizona adventures is a decision you won't regret.

1. Backpack to Havasu Falls in the Havasupai Reservation

Photo: Jason Hatfield

2. Backpack the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim

Photo: Rob Witt

3. Backpack to the Grand Canyon’s Cremation Canyon

Photo: Tiffany Nguyen

4. Backpack the Superstition Wilderness to White Rock Springs Camp

Photo: Gemina Garland-Lewis

5. Backpack to Horton Springs

Photo: Sri Gangam

6. Backpack up the Mogollon Rim via Washington Park

Photo: Kaylee Sypherd

7. Backpack the Cabin Loop Trail

Photo: Breanne McNitt

Cover photo: Tiffany Nguyen

Published: October 10, 2017

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