The Valley is home to some unbeatable hiking, we especially love trails that reward our efforts. This hike near Phoenix takes you to a cave, plus has some serious views. The three-mile hike is rated as moderate, with some gentle switchbacks in the beginning and a bit of a climb toward the end.
Wind Cave Trail is in Usery Mountain Recreation Area near Mesa and costs $6 to enter.
Along the way, you'll see some wildflowers and possibly some wildlife like chipmunks and Eastern Collared Lizards. The cave is also home to the Wind Cave bees, which have huge slabs of honeycomb in the rock that they've been working on for nearly 40 years.
The plants in the cave are unique, hanging out of cracks and holes in a way that seems artfully intentional. They're shaded most of the time, so they've been able to grow despite the harsh desert climate.
One of the best parts of the hike is the incredible view once you get to the top. Take a seat on one of the shaded benches and soak in the scenery of the Valley below.
Dogs are allowed on the trail as long as they're on a leash, so you can bring your furry friend with you to this sweet spot!
Fall and spring are the best times of year to explore some of Arizona's hiking trails, the weather is unbeatable and many of the flowers are in bloom.
If you can't make it all the way to the top, you'll at least have some amazing sights along the way.
Be sure to pack enough water, even during the spring the risk of dehydration is present. Restrooms, water fountains, picnic tables, and last-minute supplies are all available at the trailhead.
Grab some friends, some water, and your hiking shoes and head out to explore this cave. Be sure to take some pictures of the scenery!
Wind Cave Trail
Length: 1.6 miles each way
Address: Wind Cave Dr., Mesa, AZ
Why You Need To Go: Explore a cave and get some awesome views of the Valley at the end of this hike.
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