Arizona is spread wide with diversity, from the hot, flat deserts to the south, to the thick luscious firs and pines to the north. The landscape is sculpted with rugged rocks, smoothed by long rivers, and holds one of the greatest marvels this world has; The Grand Canyon. Hiking this wondrous state is like walking through different worlds, each area has a nuance that is in such contrast with the rest of the state that every location is worthy of a visit.
Havasu & Mooney Falls
A short distance from The Grand Canyon you can find Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls. A difficult trek rich with blue and green waters, towering waterfalls, steep rocks, and thriving plant life; these waterfalls are an awe inspiring and unforgettable experience.
This is a laborious, three day trek deep into the heart of rock. As you explore deeper and deeper towards the falls, you will find amazing things. There are small ‘towns’ along the way that seem untouched by time. There are large spires of sandstone standing above the landscapes.
Deeper you find Navajo, Havasu, and Mooney Falls. These are some of the most popular waterfalls in the United States and when you see them you understand why. Looming far above, these waterfalls pour thousands of gallons of water from a 120 foot drop. From here, within feet of you, you can see gigantic sheets of rock, deep ponds, looming waterfalls, lively vegetation, and all the wildlife that call this majestic place home.
Grand Canyon Rim Trail
It would be a disservice to not write about at least one trail that the Grand Canyon has to offer. The Grand Canyon Rim Trail is an easy trail, great for families, children, the elderly, and if you have a dog with you. The trail is 12 miles, mostly flat with numerous places off the side to either sight see or explore. There’s even numerous buses that stop several times along the path.
The trail consists of 13 stops, each offering something unique that the other stops do not have. Yavapai Point offers a glass observation area that you can walk over and actually see the rugged walls of the canyon directly below you. Right after Yavapai Point is Grandeur Point. Grandeur Point is often light on traffic because it is slightly off the path and must be traversed on foot. From here, though, you have amazing views of the canyon and Bright Angel Trail.
Lastly is Hermit’s Rest. Hermit’s Rest is the final stop on the trail and is often a place where most travelers rest and consider what they’ve seen thus far. There’s a few shops and such for drinks or what have you. Usually most people take this place and time to reflect on their trip so far, and from the things you’ve seen here, it’s usually time well spent.
Arizona is rich with beauty. Nothing about this place is ordinary, all aspects of Arizona offer an astonishing array of nature, environment, and the compelling life that holds it all together. No matter where you visit, camp, or hike, Arizona is a place worthy of praise and admiration.