Best Backpacking in Arizona

Looking for the best backpacking in Arizona? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Arizona. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Backpack to Havasu Falls in the Havasupai Reservation

    The Havasupai Reservation is a remote area just outside Grand Canyon National Park, full of blue-green water and dramatic waterfalls.  Despite being an extremely isolated location, camping in the canyon is overwhelmingly popular and reservations a...

    10 miles -2000 ft gain

  • Backpack the Grand Canyon: Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim

    Start at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park at the North Kaibab Trail. You have 14 miles and 5,761 feet of elevation to descend to the Bright Angel Campground, so bring those trekking poles if you have bad knees (like myself).Along the No...

    47 miles 10141 ft gain

  • Hike to Mooney Falls

    Hiking down to Mooney Falls is a great, short adventure when camping at the Havasupai Campground. Not only that, it is certainly the most adventurous waterfall to reach, requiring travelers to hike down through a menacing passageway cut through th...

    0.5 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike to the Confluence of the Colorado River and Havasu Creek

    Hike: Starting from the Havasupai campgrounds, which is a 10 mile hike in itself from Hualapai Hilltop, the trail goes past Mooney Falls to Beaver Creek for 4 miles. The elevation gain is limited but makes up for difficulty with route finding. Get...

  • Hike to Navajo Falls

    Navajo Falls is a gem that resulted from the flash flood that tore through Havasu Canyon in August of 2008. Although this flash flood forever changed the landscape of the canyon, it created a fantastic spot for travelers to enjoy in the afternoon ...

    1.2 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike the West Fork Trail

    This is one of the most beautiful hikes in Sedona, Arizona. It is a fairly easy hike, although it is 6 miles roundtrip. A lot of families come here, and children love to play in the water. There are various stream crossings, but for most of them, ...

    6 miles 340 ft gain

  • Backpack Horton Springs

    This is a more scenic and bit more strenuous loop hike to the spring, taking in the Derrick Trail, part of the Highline Trail, and the Horton Creek Trail.After parking the cars near Upper Tonto Creek Campground follow the Derrick Trail and hike ge...

    9 miles 1600 ft gain

  • Hike to Ribbon Falls in Grand Canyon NP

    Although this hike can feasibly done in a day, it is highly recommended that you spend more than one day in this area and visit the falls as a side trip on a larger trip. The closest campsites to Ribbon Falls are Cottonwood Campground and the Brig...

    16.8 miles 4521 ft gain

  • Hike Aravaipa Canyon

    Welcome to the beauty of wilderness and serenity! Within the boundaries of Aravaipa Canyon, you will not find any designated trails, campsites, or facilities. This canyon is one of Arizona’s hidden gems, and it is not mentioned in many travel b...

    8 miles 200 ft gain

  • Backpack the Grand Canyon's South Rim

    If you want to see the real Grand Canyon, this is it. The 3 day backpacking will take you down into the canyon to where few people visit. Although the South Kaibab trail is steep, has no shade cover and water and the views are gorgeous. It is best...

    35 miles 4541 ft gain

  • Camp at Canyon de Chelly

    Canyon de Chelly has been inhabited for over 6,000 years by both the Navajo peoples and the Anasazi peoples. The ruins through the walls of the canyon are from the Anasazi people date back to almost 7,000 years ago. Due to the significance and sac...

    3 miles

  • Backpack the Superstition Wilderness to White Rock Springs Camp

    The Superstition Wilderness is a stunning 160,200 acre area outside Apache Junction, AZ, with over 170 miles of (variously maintained) trail networks. There are any number of trips you can design to fit your time and skill level. This adventure of...

    23 miles 3000 ft gain