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The 11 Best Running Trails in Arizona

Updated: May 1, 2022

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Arizona is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts. It offers many running trails and hiking trails. Some run along the outskirts of Phoenix, some are around the Grand Canyon, and others are in Sedona. All offer a beautiful view as well as a physical challenge for those looking for more.

The state of Arizona has a lot to offer when it comes to running, hiking, biking, and walking. Here are ten of the best running trails.


Safety First:

Safety always comes first. Several important considerations before heading out on your run: notify someone where you’re going and when to expect you back, pack granola bars and water, and be sure to monitor changing weather conditions. Run with a friend or a group remember safety first.


1. Grand Canal

The Grand Canal Path is one of the longest trails in Phoenix and connects three large cities in the area by following an old canal. It was built in 1878 and remains the oldest canal north of the Salt River

There are two sides to the canal trail. One side is paved for people who use it for walking and jogging. The other side has a gravel surface and is used mostly by people on horses or people who jog at night. Plans are in the works to improve the paved side of the trail.

9.1 miles.

2. Dixie Mountian Loop 4.6 miles

This trail is a moderately challenging loop in Phoenix with many features including rock formations and the average length of 2 hours 3 minutes. It is open year-round, has an average hike of 4.6 miles, and welcomes dogs on a leash. for more info...

3. Tempe Beach Park. 16.5 mi. ...

Explore the trails in Tempe Beach Park and find the perfect one for your trip. There are easy hikes, but if you’re looking for a more difficult hike, we have that too. Whatever you plan to do today, you'll find the perfect trail in Tempe Beach Park. for more info...

4. The Arizona Canal 13.6

Scottsdale is full of beauty, but it's about to get even more beautiful with its newest development: the Soleri Bridge and Plaza. The trail is located along the Scottsdale Waterfront, connecting to the Southern Canal Path, Skunk Creek Trail, Indian Bend Wash Trail, Old Cross Cut Canal Park Path, and other trails in town. For more info...

5. Rio Salado Pathway 10.5 mi. ...

The Rio Salado Pathway is a popular recreational, residential, and commercial destination. The paved pathway stretches along both banks of the Salt River in Tempe.

You can take a shorter route on the north side of the lake, but your choices are greater and you can cross Indian Bend Wash to Scottsdale. for more info...

6. South Mountain Park & Preserve 58 miles of trails.

One of the biggest parks in the country, South Mountain Park and Preserve offers a variety of activities for visitors including hiking, biking, and climbing. For more info...

7. Thunderbird Park. 7.4 mi.

Whether you're looking for a fun family trip or a vigorous hike, These are great trails and hiking areas in 15 different regions. You can review the trail and see photos of your excursion with other users who loved the experience.

Thunderbird Conservation Park has close to a dozen easy trails that are perfect for the whole family. They also have trails with more elevation, ranging from 22 to 1,407 feet.

for more info ......

8. Lost Dutchman State Park

Here is a popular outdoor guide with 8 specific nature trails. It is the go-to app for finding the right hiking trails and more. You can find reviews, photos, and maps that will give you all the information you need before your trip. for more info...

9. Lookout Mountain Preserve. 320 A

The beautiful, moderate-rated trail is 37 minutes long and takes you through interesting scenery. The best time to hike this place is from November through April and dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. for more info...

10. San Petro River Trail

You can explore a moderately challenging trail near Tombstone, Arizona. With an average of 3 hours or more to complete this route, it's great for hiking and horseback riding. Although you may not encounter many people while on the trail, I still recommend you be prepared with food, water, and a map. For more info...

11. Grand Canyon Rim Trail

For an easy trail near the Grand Canyon, Arizona, hike the 12.7-mile point-to-point trail. It will take you on average 4 hours and 54 minutes to complete. The best time to visit this area is from April through October; dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. For more info...

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The advice given on this website does not constitute or replace medical advice.

Please consult with a doctor before starting any exercise or nutrition plan.

Always Remember to Run Safe!

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