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7 Incredible Backpacking Trips in Arizona

Explore the best of Arizona's wilderness.

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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

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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