Favorite hikes, fabulous rides, and fulfilling runs

With the highest mountain in Arizona and Grand Canyon in its back yard, Flagstaff is an outdoor recreation paradise.

The entire region boasts amazing hiking, running, biking, and rock climbing. Flagstaff is a hiker’s paradise with trails available for all skill levels. When exploring the backcountry, remember to bring plenty of water, snacks, a trail map, sunscreen, wear layered clothing, a hat and comfortable shoes. It’s also a good idea to let someone know where you are going and plan to return. Be safe and have fun! All leashed dogs welcome!

If you think you've Peaked, we’ve got plenty more that are green and less unseen! Flagstaff offers an abundance of trails to choose from. Whether you’re just getting into hiking, taking your bike out for a spin or have a stroller tagging along, we’ve got a trail for you!

Dog hiking

Hiking:

  • Griffith Springs Trail – moderate
    Griffith Spring Trail is 1.1 miles and is great for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. It is best used from April until September.
  • Arizona Trail (Walnut Canyon) – moderate
    The Arizona Trail (Walnut Canyon Rim) trail is 14.5 miles and best used from June until November.
  • Abineau-Bear Jaw Trails – difficult
    Abineau Trail to Bear Jaw Trail is a 6.9 mile trail that features beautiful wild-flowers and is accessible year-round.
  • Sandy Seep – Heart Trail – easy
    Sandy Seep Trail is a 2.7 mile trail that features beautiful wild-flowers. The trail is best used from April until November.
  • Kachina Wetlands Trail - easy
    Enjoy this 3.7-km loop trail near Flagstaff, Arizona. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 41 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking, and it's unlikely you'll encounter many other people while exploring
  • Karen Cooper Trail – easy
    The Karen Cooper Trail begins at Wheeler Park in downtown Flagstaff and generally follows the Rio de Flag for 3.6 miles to the far northwest corner of town. The trail passes through a variety of natural areas, including willow-lined riparian wetlands, stands of mature Ponderosa pines, and rock outcroppings, and oak thickets. At times the trail also opens to magnificent views of the San Francisco Peaks.
Mountain Biking Nate Cain

Biking:

  • Little Elden Trail - moderate
    Little Elden Trail is a 12.6 mile trail, primarily used for mountain biking, and is best used from April until November.
  • Loop Trail (JWP to Campbell Mesa) – easy
    Campbell Mesa Loop is a 5.5 mile trail that features beautiful wild-flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is best used from April until September.
  • Two Spot – Golddigger – Rogers (Rogers Lake NA) - moderate
    Gold Digger Trail to Two Spot Trail Loop is a 5.3 mile trail that offers the chance to see wildlife, especially bird watching. It is accessible year-round.
  • Sinclair Wash Trail - moderate
    East of Lone Tree Road, the 5.7 mile trail parallels the Rio de Flag through a verdant, limestone-walled canyon. In this section, there is an atmosphere of quiet and solitude, even in the middle of Flagstaff. Two small seasonal ponds at the eastern end attract a variety of water birds and other small animals. The trail ends at its intersection with the Arizona Trail.
woman running on empty dirt path

Running:

  • Fisher Point – moderate
    Fisher Point is 4.5 miles and offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is accessible year-round and is great for nature trips and bird watching.
horse riding along tree line

Equestrian:

  • Arizona Trail (Equestrian Bypass) – moderate
    The Equestrian Bypass of the Arizona Trail is now completed, signed, and open to the public all the way from Fisher Point to Sandy Seep Trail.
  • Deer Hill Trail - easy
    This trail, which is relatively flat, travels north from Little Elden Springs Horse Camp towards Sunset Crater. The trail is best used from May until November.
  • Anderson Mesa - moderate
    Anderson Mesa is a 11.8 mile trail between Marshall Lake and Fisher Point that features waterfowl and views of the peaks. The trail is best used from April until November.

Wheelchair and Stroller Accessible:

  • Kendrick Park Wildlife Trail - easy
    Kendrick Park Watchable Wildlife Trail is a 0.1 mile trail that features beautiful wild-flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is best used from March until November.
  • Wood Memorial Trail - easy
    Wood Memorial Trail links Lakeview Campground with Lake Mary Narrows Picnic Area. This trail leads to the water and through a tunnel under Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road) with easy access.

...Continued Wheelchair and Stroller Accessible:

  • Rim Trail (Walnut Canyon National Monument) - moderate
    Arizona Trail (Walnut Canyon Rim) is 14.5 miles and features a great forest setting. The trail is best used from June until November.
  • Nate Avery Trail (Buffalo Park) - easy
    The Nate Avery Trail is in the northern part of Flagstaff and passes through Buffalo Park. There is no shade during this hike, and at 2 miles, it is nice for a stroll after lunch or dinner in town.
  • Route 66 Trail (Park at visitor center) - easy
    The Route 66 Trail is 4.2 miles and was one of Flagstaff’s first urban trails. The trail follows the south side of historic Route 66 from downtown Flagstaff to the east side of town.
  • North 89 Trail - moderate
    The North 89 Trail is 1.1 miles long and is located in a band of open space along the west side of Highway 89, from Marketplace Drive to the City limits at Snowflake Drive. The trail winds through open grasslands and large stands of Ponderosa pine trees.

Additional hikes include:

Easy Hikes: Veit Springs, Lava Flow Trail, Anderson Mesa, Buffalo Park
Moderate Hikes: Lava River Cave, Fat Man’s Loop, Bismark Lake, Red Butte
Advanced Hikes: Kachina Trail, Abineau/Bear Jaw Canyon Loop, Elden Lookout

For trail locations and maps, visit here.

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