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Gems in Central AZ - 5

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gem Favorite This view gives you an idea of the creek valley, one of the basins, and the general terrain along the Hieroglyphics Trail.

Hieroglyphs

(21) Apache…, AZ
gem Favorite Cliff jumpers take advantage of the scenery for excellent action shots (we saw one person jump from the top of the waterfall)

Fossil Creek Falls

(16) Pine, AZ
gem Favorite Clouds over the summit of Goldmine Mountain.

Goldmine Mountain Peak

(8) Queen C…, AZ
gem Favorite View of Montezuma Well

Montezuma Well

(10) Lake Mo…, AZ
gem Favorite Ancient Montezuma Castle built into the rocks.

Montezuma Castle

(7) Camp Verde, AZ

Recommended Routes in Central AZ - 25

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Favorite Take Nothing But Pictures...
Easy/Intermediate

Tuzigoot Ruins Trail

0.3 mi 0.6 km 35' Up 10.67 m Up 34' Down 10.48 m Down

Clarkdale, AZ
Favorite Ancient Montezuma Castle built into the rocks.
Easy

Montezuma's Castle Trail

0.4 mi 0.7 km 19' Up 5.91 m Up 19' Down 5.91 m Down

Camp Verde, AZ
Favorite Christopher Creek
Difficult

See Canyon Horton Springs Loop

14.4 mi 23.2 km 2,962' Up 902.8 m Up 2,962' Down 902.74 m Down

Star Va…, AZ
Favorite From the peak looking South.
Difficult

Picket Post Mountain Trail

4.3 mi 7.0 km 1,957' Up 596.36 m Up 1,957' Down 596.36 m Down

Superior, AZ
Favorite This was our campsite 0.3 miles past Barnhardt Falls. I noticed that a previous user also camped here, and I can see why! It is one of the best sites on the loop.
Difficult

Mazatzal Peak Loop

15.1 mi 24.4 km 2,868' Up 874.13 m Up 2,841' Down 865.98 m Down

Payson, AZ
Favorite Along the Peralta Canyon Trail, you'll have a spectacular view of the mountains behind you as you're on your way to Weaver's Needle.
Intermediate/Difficult

Peralta Out and Back

4.5 mi 7.2 km 1,338' Up 407.81 m Up 1,337' Down 407.66 m Down

Gold Camp, AZ
Favorite Cliff jumpers take advantage of the scenery for excellent action shots (we saw one person jump from the top of the waterfall)
Difficult

Fossil Springs Trail

8.7 mi 14.0 km 1,426' Up 434.7 m Up 1,426' Down 434.76 m Down

Pine, AZ
Favorite The Four Peaks segment of the AZT offers great views of Theodore Roosevelt Lake.
Difficult

Four Peaks

12.4 mi 19.9 km 2,074' Up 632.12 m Up 2,074' Down 632.16 m Down

Tonto B…, AZ
Favorite Looking West
Difficult

Brown's Peak

5.0 mi 8.1 km 1,702' Up 518.75 m Up 1,702' Down 518.65 m Down

Tonto B…, AZ

Central AZ Hiking

  • 3,475 Miles 5,593 Kilometers of Trail
  • 25 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Gems Gems
  • 275 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 336 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 185 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Central AZ - 771

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4.3 mi 7.0 km #1Iron King Trail
Intermediate
Prescott Valley, AZ
Intermediate
Prescott Valley, AZ
0.9 mi 1.5 km #2Boy Scout Trail #126
Difficult
Prescott, AZ
Difficult
Prescott, AZ
1.5 mi 2.4 km #3Cold Springs Trail #393
Intermediate
Prescott, AZ
Intermediate
Prescott, AZ
2.6 mi 4.1 km #4Butte Creek Trail #321
Difficult
Prescott, AZ
Difficult
Prescott, AZ
0.8 mi 1.2 km #5Badger Springs Wash Trail
Intermediate
Cordes Lakes, AZ
Intermediate
Cordes Lakes, AZ
2.6 mi 4.2 km #6Schoolhouse Gulch Trail
Intermediate
Prescott, AZ
Intermediate
Prescott, AZ
0.4 mi 0.7 km #7Pueblo La Plata
Easy
Cordes Lakes, AZ
Easy
Cordes Lakes, AZ
0.4 mi 0.7 km #8Lower Cliff Dwelling Trail
Intermediate
Tonto Basin, AZ
Intermediate
Tonto Basin, AZ
7.0 mi 11.3 km #9Rose Spring Trail #309
Difficult
Morenci, AZ
Difficult
Morenci, AZ
15.9 mi 25.6 km #10Lime Kiln Trail #82
Easy/Intermediate
Cottonwood, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Cottonwood, AZ

Photos of Central AZ - 1,250

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Along the Peralta Canyon Trail, you'll have a spectacular view of the mountains behind you as you're on your way to Weaver's Needle.
Apr 19, 2017 near Gold Camp, AZ
Hike around Doe Mountain
Oct 28, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Sunset over Phoenix while descending Camelback
Mar 8, 2019 near Paradis…, AZ
Shot from the adjacent Made In The Shade Trail off of Slim Shady Trail, which is just slightly higher and gives a better view of Bell Rock & Courthouse Butte
Nov 24, 2019 near Village…, AZ
Moonbow halfway up the initial Carney Spring climb.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Moonbow on way up Carney slope.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
The saddle above Flatiron Trail, lit by the city, about 2:30AM. For me, the moment the camera earned its pack weight.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Dawn from the top of Flatiron Trail
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ