Arizona is a great place to Hike! Because of its varied climate zones, there are a number of hikes available throughout the year in different areas of the state. Hikes located in and near Fountain Hills can be enjoyed in the fall, winter and spring months.
Additionally, there are plenty of hikes in the cool, mountainous, pine-scented Mogollon Rim country an hour and half to the northeast of Fountain Hills. Add another hour or two to that drive and you can also enjoy high-altitude hiking in the Flagstaff and White Mountains areas.
The great thing about Arizona hiking is the diversity of landscapes and trails you will find here. The local hikes take you into the beautiful Sonoran Desert zone with its open vistas, hearty flora and rugged exposed geology. The Mogollon Rim lets you hike next to flowing streams comfortably ensconced within the shade of towering Ponderosa pines. In the White Mountains of eastern Arizona and the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff you can hike in the Aspens at 10,000 and then go above treeline for spectacular 100 mile plus views.Since there are too many hikes to cover in all of Arizona, this page will stick to the best local hikes and those within a convenient hour or two drive of Fountain Hills. Please remember that hiking can be a dangerous sport at times, especially for the uninitiated.
Dehydration and heat stroke are very real dangers in desert hiking, and hypothermia is very possible in the mountain hikes. Please learn all you can about hiking safety if you are inexperienced, and take it easy on the first hikes you attempt. NEVER hike alone and always let others know where you are going! Cell phones are a good idea but they don’t always get a signal on more remote hikes, so have a backup plan.
FountainHillsGuide.com has listedthe best hikes in the Fountain Hills area for your convenience. Difficulty is on a 1-5 scale where 1=easy and 5=very difficult.